Terraces With a View

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Terraces With a View

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Looking up the steep hillsides that rise from Douro river, who could imagine this forbidding place is suitable for vine-growing?

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The plunging slopes have to be cut deeply to form level terraces. On each, a mere two or three rows of vines can be planted.

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Walling the terraces with cut schist prevents erosion: or else torrential rains would simply wash the loose stone down the slopes and into the river.

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