July 4, 1811: On this day, Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, the savior of Port wine, was born. Port wine is rich, decadent, and nearly extinct due to a pandemic in the late 1800s. Fortunately, some vineyards were spared thanks to the efforts of Ferreira. Affectionately referred to as Ferreirinha, she received vineyards from her family in the early 1800s; her husband was uninterested in the family business and squandered much of her income. He died while Ferreirinha was only 33 years old, leaving her to take management of the vines. She looked after the people who worked on the vineyard for her and pushed the government for increased government support for local viticulture.
July 4, 2004: On this day, Granmonte Estate Family Vineyard and Winery in the Asoke Valley of Thailand gained its geographical indications protection. Granmonte, located 350 meters above sea level, provides the ideal setting for growing high-quality grapes for winemaking in damp tropical areas.
July 4, 2011: On this day, the movie You will be my Son was released. Directed by Gilles Legrand, this critically acclaimed French tragedy follows an aging winemaker who is disappointed in his biological son, and begins to favor his steward’s son as a successor for the vineyard.
July 4, 2019: On this day, the 17th Australian Wine Industry Trade Convention (AWITC) in Adelaide was the venue for the inauguration of the environmental organization Sustainable Winegrowing Australia.
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