Porto Cruz is deeply-rooted in the very history of sun-drenched Portugal, founded in 1887. The tradition of making Port has been handed down in the rugged Douro valley unchanged for centuries. The valley is flanked by steep, rocky slops of schist, and is the birthplace of this exceptional wine. The rain batters the hillsides in winter, then comes the spring with its bitter gales and hailstorms that eventually give way to the scorching sun of the hot, dry summer. The battle against the elements is relentless and it is this exceptional nature of the region that gives Porto Cruz its special, lingering flavor and the ability to be called Port.