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Grape Harvest

The fruit from which this famous wine is made is harvested in the month of September in a celebratory ceremony that certainly does not lack in good humour and cheer. Some vineyards will allow tourists to take part in the grape harvest.
Wine harvesting | © Emanuel RochaBunches of grapes harvested | © Museu do DouroTreading grapes | © Museu do DouroHarvest | © Museu do DouroVine leaves | © Museu do DouroHarvest | © Museu do DouroCrush the grapes | © Museu do DouroQuinta do Vallado | © António SardinhaHarvest | © Museu do DouroHarvest | © Museu do DouroHarvest | © Museu do DouroHarvest | © Museu do DouroHarvest | © Museu do DouroFatigue resulting from the harvests in the Alto Douro Wine Region | © Emanuel RochaHarvest | © Museu do DouroHarvest | © Museu do DouroArduous Harvest | © Museu do DouroVine leaves | © Museu do DouroVintage baskets | © Museu do DouroFreshly picked grapes | © Melanie AntunesBaskets of vintage | © Museu do DouroThe harvest | © Museu do DouroHarvest | © Museu do DouroYoung people harvesting in the Douro | © Emanuel RochaHarvest in the farm of São Lourenço | © Museu do DouroVineyards | © Museu do DouroHarvest | © Museu do DouroHarvest | © Museu do DouroHarvest | © Museu do DouroHarvest | © Museu do Douro

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That this land could make bread and wine seems impossible. But it does. Schist walls miraculously protrude from the banks of the river of gold, crucified by the heat of the sky that drinks it dry from above, and the thirsty riverbed that drains it from below. Grapes grow like basil on a window ledge on the steep slopes and terraces that no palace would envy. In September the Men leave their homes in their cold lands and in rogues they descend the steps to the schist stone tanks. They sing, they dance and they work. Then they rise. The Sun is soon bottled to be dunk in the four corners of the world.”

in Um Reino Maravilhoso, by Miguel Torga

In the month of September the slopes of the Douro valley come to life with workers collecting the grapes that make this world famous wine. After the harvest, the grapes are put in large stone tanks called “lagares” where the workers use their feet to squash them to release the liquid that will eventually produce wine. While some of the men tread the grapes, others sing along to the beat of the accordion and the guitar.





Many of the larger vineyards with great stretches of vines allow tourists to take part in the harvest and learn about the region’s cherished fruit. At the same time the visitors can help produce one of the best wines in Portugal. The next stage is to taste the final product and truly appreciate the results of their handiwork. The vineyards are open all year round and offer a variety of activities that range from wine tasting to visits to the wine cellars and vineyards.

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