The rain storm of last week caused quiet a lot of damage to the farm tracks around our vineyards. Here is an example. This track was quite passable with a tractor or a 4×4 until the rain washed all the earth away last Tuesday night.
But in the second photo you can see something very interesting that has been uncovered by the torrential rain: ancient ruts carved into the stone by hundreds of years of ox-carts grinding their way up this hill. The ox-carts would take our Port up these tracks in a cask and the iron-shod wooden wheels slowly caused these deep ruts. So a small part of the Douro’s history is now visible.