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In the opinion of some historians, the fact that Peso da Régua had been inhabited during the Roman and Barbarian invasions – originated the name “Villa Regula” – a Roman house field, embedded in the city's area. Others, however, defend the hypothesis that could derive from “récua”, which is related to the crowds of “récuas” or “beasts” that passed Douro's river. A third theory supports the derivation of “reguengo”, a title attributed to the King's lands.

Peso da Régua can still have origin in the term “regra” (rule), referring to the right that could be inherited from ascendents or be granted to the descendents through a charter (foral). This theory is based on the land donation made by Count D. Enrique to D. Hugo, in 1093, who in return donated it to D. Egas Moniz. It would be, therefore, this “regra” to give origin to the word “Régoa”, later called “Régua”.

Peso da Régua was elevated to the category of city on August 14th 1985. In 1988 was recognized by the Office International de la Vigne et du Vin as the International City of Vineyards and Wine.


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