A harsh Douro winter brings down the walls

Today was another crisp, clear day in the Douro. The extreme cold that brought a rare snowfall to the region just before Christmas is giving us a brief respite, but the heavy rains continue to roll through the valley every few days. At times coming in near solid sheets of water, they are an awesome display of nature’s power, but one that takes a toll on the ancient pathways and terraces in our vineyards.

 

These images show just how damaging the heavy rains can be, bringing down schist stone walls that have stood for many generations with the force of the water they unleash. Although harsh, this is part of the annual cycle of the Douro and we will go on repairing the walls and pathways so that we can tend the vineyards and prepare for harvest again in the fall.