All three of these documentary films display the many difficulties to be found in growing grapes and making wine, no matter what kind. But for me, these Portuguese vines, many of them so old, yet still so remarkably fine, present the most challenging difficulties of them all... simply because of where they are.
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For a relatively tiny country -- smaller in area than the state of Kentucky -- Portugal is a prodigious producer of wine. It has long been the source of some of the wine world's great fortified wines -- Port from the Douro and vintage Madeira from the island of Madeira off the coast of North Africa.