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Exhibition Centre for Vines and Wine

Since the beginning of the century, XII, when the Monastery of St. Andrew of Ancede was founded, that its history is closely related to the production and commercialization of wine. Since medieval times, wine was channeled to the city of Porto, integrating the commercial circuits of the River Douro.

From the fifteenth century onwards, there are documented the existence of high-board vessels carrying wine from the Ancede Monastery to the foreign markets of Andalusia and Flanders.

Thanks to the profits of the wine exports, this monastery was enlarged and dignified, allowing the acquisition of works of art and successive architectural reformulations, to the point that, in the 19th century, XVIII, we have built the Barns and Cellar Building, which together with the Winery - built in the eighteenth century - form today the space of the Interpretive Center of Vine and Wine.

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The foundation of the creation of this Center is intimately related to the history of this monastery, which we make known, as well as the territory where it is inserted.

A territory with its own geographical features, inhabited by Men, who by their own volition or by decision of others, since the Middle Ages, transformed the landscape, growing vineyards, cereals and fruit trees. Plated south along the Douro River, also exploited over time, for fishing and / or commercial transactions, to which we allude, is today a tourist mark of national and international importance.

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