Social programme overview
Thursday November 17th
15:00 - Social Programme
Meeting point: Conference Venue
Visit to Ramos Pinto Port Wine cellars
Port wine companies age the wines they produce in the Demarcated Region of the Douro in cellars, in old wooden barrels.
A visit to the wine cellars offers the opportunity to taste different varieties of the Port wine, where you can learn about its history.
Founded by Adriano Ramos Pinto in 1880, Casa Ramos Pinto rapidly became noted, at the time, for its innovative and enterprising strategy. Associated with quality bottled wines, it began operating on the Brazilian market in the early 20th century and quickly became responsible for half of the wine exported to South America, whilst it was still conquering generations of loyal customers in Portugal and Europe.
These were the natural results of a forward thinking strategy, based on the modernisation of selection, batching and ageing circuits, the continuous wine research and the special care which Adriano Ramos Pinto devoted to the packaging and promotion of his wines.
The Ramos Pinto wines have therefore become a reference of quality.
From the very onset was born a unique collection of art objects, which are displayed today in the recently opened Museum Area - Casa Ramos Pinto.
The taste for culture instilled by Adriano Ramos Pinto in the working philosophy of Casa Ramos Pinto, is still alive today. In 1997, Casa Ramos Pinto created the Ervamoira On-Site Museum, aimed at environmental, oenological, archaeological and anthropological research of the Vale do Côa. Researchers also have at their disposal the Historical Archives in Vila Nova de Gaia, with a precious collection of documents on the production and export of wines from the late 19th century.
Aware that the quality of its wines were confined to the earth of the wine producing Douro, Casa Ramos Pinto meticulously studied this Demarcated Region, and eventually became the owners of a number of estates with very special characteristics. The objective was to ensure the control and quality of the whole production process. By perfecting its wines, Ramos Pinto created unique nectars with its own signature.
In 1990, Casa Ramos Pinto became part of the Roederer Group, whose history has identical characteristics. So, the qualities that gave fame to Casa Ramos Pinto took on an international dimension.
20:00 - Shuttle to Social Dinner
20:30 - Social Dinner at Oporto Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club
Dress code: jacket and tie
The Oporto Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club was originally formed in 1855, the grounds at that time being situated at Candal in Vila Nova de Gaia.
The land in Campo Alegre where the Club now stands was acquired in 1923. Meanwhile the Oporto British Club, a town club established in 1909 was flourishing in splendid premises in the centre of the city.
In 1967 rationality prevailed and the two clubs amalgamated, the proceeds from the sale of the premises of the Oporto British Club being used to finance the new clubhouse offering a wider range of facilities.
Since that time there have been a number of additions and improvements to cater for the needs of an increasing membership, of local, overseas and country members. Although the club is predominantly British, membership also extends to many Portuguese and non-British nationals.
Location: Rua do Campo Alegre, 532, 4150-170 Porto (GPS: N 41º 09’ 09’’ W 8º 38’ 03’’)
23:00 - Shuttle