Today is the Port Wine Day, an initiative of the Institute of Douro and Porto Wines to celebrate the anniversary of the Douro Demarcated Region and to promote Port Wine.
Port Wine Day takes place on September 10, when the Demarcated Douro Region was created by the Marquês de Pombal in 1756.
This initiative of the Institute of Douro and Port Wines (IVDP) , together with Port Wine producers, was created in 2014 with the intention of celebrating the anniversary of the Douro Region and promoting Port Wine.
The Douro Wine Region is the oldest delimited and regulated wine region in the world. It extends from Vila de Barqueiros, in the district of Vila Real, to Barca D’Alva, in the district of Guarda, covering an area of about 250 thousand acres, which includes the Alto Douro Wine Region, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO since 2001.
The 8th edition of the Port Wine Day , which celebrates the 265 years of the Demarcated Douro Region, starts with a dinner on the theme “Douro + Sustainable”, followed by the delivery of awards, which recognize projects of excellence in the preservation and promotion of the Douro territory. The day’s celebrations end with a concert by Miguel Araújo, at 10:30 pm, broadcast live on IVDP’s social networks.
Take advantage of this date to broaden your knowledge of this liqueur of the gods, with these 5 curiosities about Port Wine.
1 – There are 4 different styles of Port , which are distinguished by the type of aging: Ruby Port, Tawny Port, White Port and Rosé Port.
2 – The harvest and the treading of the grapes continue to be done in the traditional way, in order to guarantee the quality of the wine.
3 – Shale, the predominant stone in the Douro region, is significant for the production of Port wine, as it retains moisture in the soil, allowing the vines to survive in the torrid heat that is felt in this territory during the summer.
4 – The marketing of Port Wine is controlled, and it is necessary to pass an evaluation that takes into account the vineyard, its slope and sun exposure.
5 – About 80% of the Port wine produced annually is exported, with France, Holland, Belgium, the United States of America and Great Britain being the main importers of this wine.