To finish my series on port, today the last two facts I want to share. Interested in reading more? At the bottom of this article are the links to websites with more information.
9. There are approximately 30.000 grape growers in the Douro. 120 of those produce port, only 75 of them bottle their own. Of those 75, 60 are producers that went into the bottling ánd exporting businesses after 1986, the year that Portugal joined the EU. The remaining 15 are the old shippers companies, partly of English origin, that in the 21st century have formed big to very big conglomerates. Those 15 are responsible for 90% of all export!