The Sandeman logo
Known as The Don, The Sandeman Port Wine & Sherry Wine LOGO is considered to be the very first Wine-Logo internationally. The original painting , pictured on this tip, was finalized in 1928. Soon later it started to be used on the Sandeman wine labels.
The Logo, The Don, actually represents the culture of TWO Sandeman Wines, Port (produced in Portugal) & Sherry (produced in Spain).
The Don is the combination of the Portuguese University students cloak, originally from Coimbra (central Portugal), and the Spanish "caballeros" hat (traditional in the south of Spain).
- Arts and Culture
Ramos Pinto - Nudity on Century Old Painted Tiles
About one hundred years ago, Mr Ramos Pinto, the founder of his own company, ordered these painted tile panels (pictured on this tip) for a wine exhibition to be held in Brazil in 1909.
Nowadays one can only imagine how shocked the conservative societies at time might have welcomed the expressed nudity on the paintings. It seems that some panels were actually censured then.
Today those painted tile panels are on display for visitors at the Ramos-Pinto museum in Vila Nova de Gaia.
- Arts and Culture
Blending Wine is like playing Piano
João Nicolau de Almeida, wine-maker for Ramos-Pinto Ports & Douro wines, says that when he is set to work at the tasting room he is with his PIANO !!!
Every wine is a key. Every wine adds something unique to the final blend. Therefore, when put together, the sample bottles brought from the lodges are like a piano. A piano that he plays with.
- Wine Tasting
Playing & Swimming in the Douro River
This picture was shot in Vila Nova de Gaia but it could have been taken a similar one in Porto (Oporto), in the other side of the Douro river.
Playing in the Douro has always been a fun hobby for local kids in both banks of the river.