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Trás-os-Montes

The vineyard cultivation in Trás-os-Montes began centuries ago, with several wine presses dug in rocks of Roman and pre-Roman origin existing all over this region.

Trás-os-Montes
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North of the Douro region, in the northeastern part of Portugal, separated from the coast by a range of mountains, among them the Marão and Alvão mountains, we find the wine region of Trás-os-Montes. 
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The Trás-os-Montes region is a mountainous area, of high altitude and predominantly with granite soils, with some schist patches. It has a harsh continental climate, very dry and hot in summer in contrast with the long and freezing cold winters. 
The old vineyards, existing all over this region, with a great diversity of ancient grape varieties, determine the quality of the wines in the region.
The demarcated region of Trás-os-Montes is divided into three sub-regions: Chaves, Valpaços and Planalto Mirandês, stretching along the valleys of rivers that cross them. In the sub-region of Chaves, the vineyards are planted on the hillsides of small valleys, where the tributaries of Tâmega river flow. The sub-region of Valpaços is rich in water resources and is located in a plateau. In the Mirandês plateau, located in the Mogadouro mountain, it is the Douro river which influences the viticulture.
The planted grape varieties are practically all common in the three sub-regions. Regarding the red grape varieties, there is a special focus on Touriga Nacional, Bastardo, Marufo, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Trincadeira. As for the white, the emphasis goes to Côdega do Larinho, Fernão Pires, Gouveio, Malvasia Fina, Rabigato, Síria and Viosinho.
The wines of the Trás-os-Montes region, increasingly recognized in the national and international context, expressed in the growing number of awards and honors, are quite differentiated due to the microclimates of this region. They are influenced by the altitude, sunlight, rainfall and temperature. The red wines are generally fruity and full-bodied while the white wines are smooth and with a floral aroma.
Wine Tourism
Wine Tourism
The Trás-os-Montes region has a strong winemaking tradition, and thus discovering its different wines and its sub-regions, where they are also produced, allows for the discovery of landscapes, heritage and culture of the local people.
Inhabited since the prehistoric times, it possesses a vast architectural and cultural heritage, with focus on the manors, convents, castles, churches, bridges, as well as the cities and villages, namely Chaves, Mirandela, Vidago, Pinhão or Bragança, with their historical centers and museums full of history and tradition. The region also possesses a vast biodiversity, providing visitors with a range of nature activities, with focus on the protected areas, such as the National Park of Peneda-Gerês, the National Park of Alvão, International Douro and Montesinho. One can still practice nature sports, watch the birds that fly over the Douro cliffs, or go on boat or train tours, enabling us to discover the best estates and wineries of this region.
The gastronomy of Trás-os-Montes recalls the identity of its landscapes and people. The cuisine of Trás-os-Montes is based on the ingredients provided by the land all year long, and on the meat of this region's breeds, such as Maronesa, Mirandesa and Bísara. Among the traditional dishes, a special focus on the Mirandesa beef steak, Feijoada à Transmontana (traditional bean and meat stew), cod with rye bread crust, the alheira de Mirandela (Mirandela sausage), wild rabbit, or the bola Mirandesa (traditional Easter sweet). Regarding the delicacies, the region is known for the best cheeses, delicatessen and olives in the country. In terms of sweets, there are the traditional chestnuts sweet, os pitos de Santa Luzia (made with pumpkin and cinnamon) and cristas de galo (made with almond and egg paste in a buttery pastry dough), both original from the convent of Santa Clara and also the cavacórios (made with eggs and wheat flour), also used as a chalice to drink Port wine.
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