With a unique, strong and historical personality, Douro´s region is embedded in tradition and is located in a landscape that was literally sculped by hand by people who believed in the wine culture and in the terroir that surrounded them. Since 1600, it has represented the eldest D.O.C. (Denominação de Origem Controlada),which is the English equivalent for Protected Designation of Origin. Douro became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001. The region is surrounded by the Douro River and by hundreds of years of winemaking experience. Its history and culture are the house for people who show a broad smile on their face. Its imponent altitude and schist based soil are the special components for the Pessoa Wines Terroir range and the Heteronyms range.