Port quota sparks violence in Douro

on 06/09/11 at 11:38 am

Industry

Police were forced to intervene and the president of the IDVP was dismissed after demonstrators attacked the Regua offices of the Port Wine Institute last week.

Following Wednesday’s attack on the IDVP’s offices, which saw windows smashed, the Portuguese government intervened on Friday by suspending its president, Luciano Vilhena Pereira, hastening his planned departure this October.

Vice-president Paulo Meneses Osório has taken charge until a permanent replacement can be found.

The violence marked a peak in tensions, which have been growing since the end of July, when the licence per hectare permitted for Port production, or beneficio, was cut dramatically to 85,000 pipes from its 2010 level of 110,000 pipes.

With one pipe equating to 550 litres, the 2011 beneficio is expected to create a shortfall of 2.7 million cases, or 30%, in production compared with this year’s total Port sales.

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