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A “Vinha ao alto” vineyard viewed at Quinta da Cavadinha estate in the Demarcated Region of the (...)
A “Vinha ao alto” vineyard viewed at Quinta da Cavadinha estate in the Demarcated Region of the Douro, Portugal on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006. In terms of vineyard layout, planting in the Douro poses a multitude of problems essentially associated with the v
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Description A “Vinha ao alto” vineyard viewed at Quinta da Cavadinha estate in the Demarcated Region of the Douro, Portugal on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006. In terms of vineyard layout, planting in the Douro poses a multitude of problems essentially associated with the very steep and rocky terrain which is more suited to goats than grapes. The “Vinha ao alto”, or vertical planting of the rows up the face of the slopes, is the most recent stage in vineyard development. It is generally considered that 30º is the maximum gradient for planting with “vinha ao alto” because of the capabilities of the tractors and the minimization of soil erosion. The “vinha ao alto” is always planted in blocks of a single variety while the two more traditional methods are a more or less random mixture of grape varieties.
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