According to managing director of The Fladgate Partnership, Adrian Bridge, the spirit used to fortify grape must in Port-making (Aguardiente) has almost doubled in price from €1.60 per litre in 2011 to €3 today.
“Port’s simple,” cries Gillyane’s lovely husband, Alistair, smoothing his bright red trousers, “Never mind the passing to the left business. If you want to pass it to the right it tastes just as good. Just pour it out and drink it. That’s the important thing. And it’s very good with chocolate pudding. We eats lots of that. Why don’t we drink more port?”
O distrito do Porto foi considerado um dos 10 melhores destinos da Europa para degustação de vinhos pelo portal TripAdvisor, que se considera o maior 'site' de viagens do mundo. O "Porto é o cerne da indústria de vinho do Porto e a visita à cidade não estará completa sem a ida a algumas adegas de vinho do Porto para a degustação de diversos tipos e qualidades", pode ler-se na página que se baseia na opinião dos viajantes e turistas para atribuição dos prémios.
Portwein scheint vom wirtschaftlichen Niedergang des Landes verschont zu bleiben. "Wir spüren keine Krise", erklärte eine Sprecherin von Taylor"s (gegründet 1692) in Porto. Beim Absatz legten Portweine im 1. Halbjahr 2012 um 3,5 Prozent zu, beim Umsatz mit 170 Mio. EUR um 3,8 Prozent.
The head of the Douro Wineries Union has complained about a shortage of aguardente necessary to make Port wine as well as about the hefty price tag now attached to it, which has doubled over the past two years.
We received 97 deliveries of grapes, vinified them into 19 lagares of wine, bagged and then lifted onto the truck and unbagged 18,000 kilos of the remaining pips and skins from the wine press afterwards, and after all that hard work all of us still managed to put on a bit of weight – a great tribute to Dona Sonia, Dona Fatima and all the ladies in the kitchen who kept us very well fed throughout the harvest. On the other hand, we have been so busy that in three weeks time a team of 8 men only found time to drink 24 beers, which we think is a record low.
In a steep terraced vineyard above northern Portugal’s winding Douro river are 6,000 very special gnarled vines. Their grapes make the world’s rarest, most collectible and expensive vintage port, Quinta do Noval Nacional.
At 07:30 this morning it was a cool autumn morning with a clear sky, and it became progressively warmer as the day went on so that it was extremely hot by the time we finished picking for the day and the 2012 harvest!
If you are reading this blog from Graham’s or follow our blog on The Vintage Port Site, you know how brilliantly the internet can bring you into remote wine regions, and how much you can learn about wine on-line. Graham’s was one of the first Port producers to commit to an on-line presence, and as we have expanded our activities, it has been a pleasure to meet and entertain many other writers, photographers and videographers whose curiousity and passion for wine is shared on-line.