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The Távora River winds northwards through a narrow steep sided valley, flowing into the Douro some 4 kilometres west of the town of Pinhão. The northern end, where the valley widens before opening onto the Douro, has long been prized as a source of the finest Port. Prized above all were the wines of one particular slope on the steep right bank of the Távora in the parish of Valença do Douro, known as Panascal.
The location took its name from the tussocks of panasco, the cocksfoot grass Dactlylis glomerata, which proliferated across the hillside. The reputation of this area is conveyed in the words of an old saying, 'Do Roncão e Panascal vêm os melhores vinhos de Portugal', or 'From Roncão and Panascal come the best wines in Portugal'.
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