The 2,000-year-old history of the old town of Porto unfolds along Douro River, which ferries rabelos, or traditional boats, carrying about 80 casks of port every day.

In Photos | The Home of Port Wine

A peek into the Portuguese city of Porto where charm and wine flow freely.

The riverside city of Porto (Oporto) can easily be one of Europe’s most eclectic destinations.

Colourful facades and bridges built by French civil engineer Gustave Eiffel frame the city’s streets and skyline. In the historic centre, a World Heritage Site, cobblestone streets are bordered by art nouveau cafés and medieval architecture. But what Portugal’s second largest city is famous for—apart from spectacular views of the Douro Valley—is being the birthplace of port wine.

Douro Valley became the first legally demarcated wine region in 1756, almost a century before Bordeaux, and is one of the world’s main hot climate hillside viticulture regions.

  • Kounteya Sinha is a mountaineer, explorer and an urban nomad with a compulsive knack of running away from home since the age of five. After being a journalist for 16 years, his latest medium of storytelling is through images that he says nourishes his soul.

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