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THE DOURO, PORTUGAL

It’s hard to think of a more beautiful wine region than the upper Douro Valley in Portugal. About 75 miles east of Porto, the Douro is a mountainous wilderness ideal for hikers with a thirst for wine. Hop on a train at Porto’s Sao Bento station and sit back as it rolls past vineyards planted on steep, stone-walled terraces. This is port country, the scorching-hot summer producing a sweet, rich fortified wine. But in recent years, as a number of boutique hotels have opened in the valley, many of the port houses have started producing table wines that are really rather good — and a perfect match for the spectacular surroundings.

Will Lyons, The Sunday Times