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The Wine-growing Alto Douro World Heritage

Capa do Livro The recent inclusion of the Alto Douro Vinhateiro (Wine-growing Alto Douro) in the list of places classified by UNESCO as World Heritage, is a distinction which the region, in general, and UTAD, particularly, are very proud of. Not only because it has to do with the formal recognition of a gigantic and grandiose undertaking, which nature and the duriense “fabricated” throughout the centuries, but also because UTAD contributed, in very diverse forms, for it to come about.

Since its foundation, still as a Polytechnic School, our Institution has always given special attention to the Douro, placing its human resources as well as technical and scientific competencies at the disposal of regional development. In this way, throughout the past twenty-five years, UTAD has had a decisive role in the production and diffusion of knowledge in areas as diverse as wine-growing, enology, economic botany and animal medicine, geology, economics, rural sociology and tourism.

The challenges and the opportunities that now present themselves with the recognition of the Douro as World Heritage are vast and demand redoubled attention and availability on the part of UTAD. The preservation and valorisation of this cultural landscape, evolving and alive, for which we are all responsible, puts intellectual and scientific investment under obligation, not only in the traditional sectors, but also in new dominions, like the ordering of territory, urbanism, the restoration of the patrimony, landscape architecture, the environment and the natural resources, cultural animation or, yet, the NTIC. To this end, we will make efforts towards the creation of the Centro de Estudos do Alto Douro Vinhateiro – CEADV (the Centre for studies of Alto Douro Wine Growing), an interdisciplinary structure of a technical, scientific and cultural character which will allow us to secure, in an articulated and co-ordinated form, the lines of research already developed, to open new employment prospects and to launch new projects.

 

I had a nightmare!

And as a consequence, the magazine Alto Douro Vinhateiro (The Wine-growing Douro) I present you with now, and hopefully biannually, was born.

Nightmare indeed, faced with hard times such as these, with no subsidies whatsoever, distanced from literary gatherings and far away from Friends’ Associations, Institutions, Organisations and light years from any political ‘gang’; publishing a high quality magazine such as this is not only extremely risky but also truly heroic.

Our thanks to those who supported and encouraged us, to those who insisted on being present, and to those others who were unselfishly willing to help us.

Together with our love for the Douro, these were the people who made the publishing of this magazine possible and which we hope will contribute to the grandeur of the Douro Demarcated Region.

Therefore, the magazine which is to be named THE WINE-GROWING DOURO is to be published biannually, each edition focusing directly or indirectly on a duriense (from the Douro) issue, making known new writers and defying established taboos, as well as providing everyone with better knowledge of the virtues of the Douro and its People.

But now, I leave you with a warning, the Douro can only be known when experienced, visited, observed - The Douro cannot be described, cannot be sung, cannot be drawn.

 

Preface

The recent inclusion of the Alto Douro Vinhateiro (Wine-growing Alto Douro) in the list of places classified by UNESCO as World Heritage, is a distinction which the region, in general, and UTAD, particularly, are very proud of. Not only because it has to do with the formal recognition of a gigantic and grandiose undertaking, which nature and the duriense “fabricated” throughout the centuries, but also because UTAD contributed, in very diverse forms, for it to come about.

Since its foundation, still as a Polytechnic School, our Institution has always given special attention to the Douro, placing its human resources as well as technical and scientific competencies at the disposal of regional development. In this way, throughout the past twenty-five years, UTAD has had a decisive role in the production and diffusion of knowledge in areas as diverse as wine-growing, enology, economic botany and animal medicine, geology, economics, rural sociology and tourism.

The challenges and the opportunities that now present themselves with the recognition of the Douro as World Heritage are vast and demand redoubled attention and availability on the part of UTAD. The preservation and valorisation of this cultural landscape, evolving and alive, for which we are all responsible, puts intellectual and scientific investment under obligation, not only in the traditional sectors, but also in new dominions, like the ordering of territory, urbanism, the restoration of the patrimony, landscape architecture, the environment and the natural resources, cultural animation or, yet, the NTIC. To this end, we will make efforts towards the creation of the Centro de Estudos do Alto Douro Vinhateiro – CEADV (the Centre for studies of Alto Douro Wine Growing), an interdisciplinary structure of a technical, scientific and cultural character which will allow us to secure, in an articulated and co-ordinated form, the lines of research already developed, to open new employment prospects and to launch new projects.

Professor Armando Mascarenhas Ferreira
(Chancellor of UTAD)

 

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