I was 16 years old when I met the winemaker profession. The passion for this art made me join the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, the only degree that graduates Winemakers in Portugal.
I started the training periods of harvest one year before entering the University, which helped to increase my interest in this activity. All internships represented a new challenge, a new learning, which joined the theoretical knowledge of the course. The various training periods of harvest that I performed across the country allowed me to get to know the various wine regions and gather knowledge and experience of working in each of the wineries. However, the ambition to go further and discover other realities in the wine area was in me. Then I was already aspiring to know other regions of the world, to realize what is done differently and how these differences can be capitalized.
My first job and study adventure outside Portugal came in 2009, in Argentina, an experience I will never forget, of which I keep fond memories, and that made me realize I could not limit myself to just two countries. I wanted to meet other people who share the same pleasure and profession and do this sharing an opportunity for mutual learning. This was followed by three years of travel, a lot of work and homesickness, but also knowledge sharing in countries like Australia, United States of America, South Africa and France. (Figure No. 1). When travelling in these countries, I was often asked how our culture was, a culture that many already knew and others aspired to know. I felt I represented well Portugal and the Portuguese and that was deeply rewarding.