Syllabus

Portugal

·         Geography (location, main cities, …)

·         History

·         Cultural elements (food, traditions, political system, …)

 

Douro Region

·         Location

·         Soil

·         Climate

 

History and stories of Port

·         History

·         People who created the legend

·         Stories and traditions

·         World heritage

·         Port wine importance for the Douro region

 

Viticulture

·         Grape varieties

·         Sistemas de condução e porta enxertos?

 

Winemaking and ageing

·         Lagar / vat / ….

·         Fortification and grape spirit

·         Oxidative vs reductive ageing. Its impact on wine styles

 

Port Wine Styles

Sensorial characteristics and correlation with winemaking, ageing and quality

·         White

·         “Tawny Style”

·         “Ruby Style”

 

 

Other wines from the Douro region

·         Styles and differences from Port

 

How to serve and drink Port

·         When to drink and how

·         How to serve (glass, temperature, decanting, …)

·         How to store and what to store

·         Describe and explain the different Port categories

·         Food pairings

 

Markets

·         Main markets

·         Main houses (?)

·         Main personalities of the business

·         Trends in markets

 

IVDP

·         Purpose

·         Main activities

·         Certification and control process

·         Seal of guarantee

 

Resources

 

Books

·         Celebrating life – published by IVDP

·         Port and the Douro – Richard Mayson

 

Sites

·         IVDP site https://www.ivdp.pt/index.asp?idioma=1 (English)

·         For the Love of Port https://www.fortheloveofport.com

·         Recommend: what is Port wine and enjoying Port Wine https://www.taylor.pt

·         http://www.vintageport.se/vintage.php