Sandeman -The Toughest Wine-Growing Region in the World

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The Toughest Wine-Growing Region in the World

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It is an adage of viticulture that the rougher the soil is, the higher the quality of the fruit.

In Douro, probably the toughest wine-growing region in the world, this is unquestionably true.

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The soil is made up of schist, a slate-like metamorphic rock.

Rich in nutrients, it has also has useful water retention properties.

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Luckily, ground that is almost pure schist does produce the best grapes

- but in very small quantities.

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