Port wine? Feta? Brexit may spell trouble for famed EU names
PINHAO, Portugal — The scorching late summer sun of northern Portugal is ripening the black, super-sweet grapes that will go to make what European Union rules say is the only wine in the world that can be called port.
Winemaking has for centuries been a way of life for many families here in the picturesque valley of the River Douro. It’s a tradition the EU regulations are designed to protect.
“If it wasn’t for wine, the Douro region would be on its knees,” says 59-year-old Jose Pereira, a foreman for the Rozes port wine producer, as behind him two dozen local people pick the first grapes of the annual harvest. “Wine is our wealth.”
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