In 1756, following the Marquis de Pombal’s royal decree, the Companhia Geral da Agricultura das Vinhas do Alto Douro1 is created. Its mission was to assure product quality, stimulate production, maintain prices and defend Port Wine’s prestige abroad. The world’s oldest institutional model properly demarcated and regulated AOC wine region was thus born.
This date represents Portugal’s history, culture and tradition in the wine art .
Portugal has the first and oldest demarcated and regulated AOC wine region of the world, Douro region.
1 Companhia Geral da Agricultura das Vinhas do Alto Douro has no translation. The literal translation is General Company of Agriculture of the Upper Douro Vineyards.