| Peso da Régua
is a town in the district of Vila Real, located along the river Douro
and is considered the capital of the demarcated region in which it is
produced the famous Port wine. |
Régua owes its development to the Marques de Pombal that in 1756 created the administrative center of the High Douro wines and sent to delimit (with granite landmarks) the production areas of the finest wines. It was thus created the first demarcated region in the world.
Since then, and for its central location, Régua became the center of the region, a trading post where the Rabelo boats arrived and departed carrying the wine to Vila Nova de Gaia where it aged in the cellars.
The countryside surrounding Régua is a great beauty. The High Douro is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Douro vineyards on its steep banks, the view from the viewpoint sights of the region, are beautiful landscapes that delight anyone visiting this region.
The Régua county has a rich heritage with highlight to the Manor Houses, the Quintas (large wine-producing farms) and palaces. Many of these houses are open to the public and worth a visit.
At Régua river dock pass daily Douro Cruises with tourists visiting the area and marvel at the beautiful scenery that the Douro river provides.
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