U.S. Ambassador Kicks-off Grape Harvest season in the North of Portugal

Ambassador Robert Sherman during his visit to the winery region. (Photo: US Embassy)
Ambassador Robert Sherman during his visit to the winery region.

U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Robert Sherman’s two-day visit to the winery regions in the north of Portugal, which included Peso da Régua, Viana do Castelo and Arcos de Valdevez came to an end today.

At Peso da Régua, Ambassador Sherman visited Quinta do Vallado, one of the oldest and most well-known farms in the Douro valley region, which is famous for its Douro and Port wine productions. The Ambassador met the “Douro Boys,” an association which includes four other producers (Quinta do Crasto, Niepoort, Quinta do Vale Dona Maria, and Quinta do Vale Meão), besides Quinta do Vallado, which works to promote the Douro valley region in international markets.

Today, Ambassador Sherman visited the Amândio Galhano Viticultural Research Station, where important research projects focusing on new conduction systems, clonal selection and basic vinification of individual grapevine varieties take place. The Ambassador met with various wine producers, and cut the first grapes, in order to celebrate the official opening of the harvest season. A lunch offered by the Green Wine association, where Ambassador Sherman had the opportunity to make brief comments on bilateral relations and perspectives of economic opportunities in the wine industry, followed.

During this trip, Ambassador Sherman also met with Viana do Castelo Mayor José Maria Costa.

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