Much like the famous bubbles that can only be called Champagne if they originate from a particular region in France, Port has a very similar legacy.
This sweet, fortified wine can only truly be called Port if it is born in the vineyards of the Douro Valley of Portugal.
Whether you choose your Port in a Tawny, White, Rose or Ruby variety you can enjoy it along a cruise with Uniworld along the unspoiled Unesco-designated Douro River Valley.
Vineyards and small farms called quintas cling to the hillsides of the river valley, creating a spectacular backdrop to one of Europe's most pristine landscapes and to Port country.
You will have the choice to visit one of two excellent quintas on your Uniworld cruise. Sample some of Quinta do Seixo's famous Sanderman Port, learning more about the production of this exquisite drink and admire the breathtaking views of the estate. Or visit the Quinta da Avessada which has an interactive museum, the first of its kind in the country, that celebrates the Douro Valley's history and culture.
Priced from R49 500 per person twin share enjoy an 11-day cruise and tour through Portugal, Spain and the Douro River Valley from Lisbon to Porto.
This includes a seven-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the chic Queen Isabel with full board plus three nights' accommodation in Lisbon with breakfast daily.
Adapted from a press release for IOL
* Visit six Unesco World Heritage sites, enjoy onboard local entertainment, Signature Lectures, excursions and more. Contact Uniworld on 011-280 8440 or visit www.uniworld.com for more information.