Since 1929, the year in which the CVRVV was founded, the Commission has assembled a rich collection of important documents regarding the theme of Vinho Verde in all its aspects, most notably, those of a technical, cultural, historical, economic, geographic and ethnographic nature.
In the Documentation Centre located at the headquarters of the CVRVV rare examples can be found, including the "Carta de Lei de 1908" issued by King D. Manuel which demarcated for the first time the territorial boundaries of the Region, and the first regulations governing the production and sales of Vinho Verde, called the "Regulamento da Produção e Comércio dos Vinhos Verdes" (1929), as well as masterworks of Portuguese authors, such as the first edition "Le Portugal Viticole" by Cincinnato da Costa (1900) with illustrations by Roque Gameiro. Two other spectacular pieces are the monograph, "O Minho e suas Culturas" by the Viscount Villarinho de S. Romão illustrated with 40 exquisite engravings by Emílio Biel (1902) and the "Relatório da Missão Agrícola da Província do Minho em 1870" by Ferreira Lapa (1871), both of which provide valuable insight and information on certain technical and economic issues in the Minho region in the second half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.
Of note amongst the holdings is the extremely valuable, seven-volume treatise entitled, "Traité Général de Viticulture Ampélographie" with illustrations by Kreyder and Troncy (1901) containing an ampelographic registry, that is, one identifying the vines of all the grape varieties. Also in the collection are periodicals such as the "Gazeta das Aldeias" (since 1935) and the "Bulletin of the OIV – the International Office of Vine and Wine" (since 1928), both of which, over the years, have featured articles and texts related to the evolution of Vinho Verde wines, and thus serving to uphold and preserve the Region’s DO (Denominação de Origem), the official categories and specifications for wine making determined by law. Various reference works are held in relation to cooperative wine-making associations and their organisation. Finally, we can certainly not fail to mention the collected works of the engineer and agronomist, Amândio Galhano, which reflect the different phases in the history of the wine-making sector, and in particular in the Vinho Verde Region, which he followed so attentively.
In terms of visual materials, an important part of the Documentation Centre’s holdings is found in the valuable collection of photographic images that the CVRVV commissioned to Domingos Alvão in 1935. In them is an exhaustive photo registry of the Vinho Verde Demarcated Region, capturing the flavour of the time for us in pictures, including the fascinating details about growing grapes and wine making, as well as transport of wine to and from the larger producers in the interior of the country.
Part of the services of the Documentation Centre is the careful and professional assistance given to individuals or groups that request help in preparing any type of research. The various departments of the CVRVV provide material and document support; they maintain a computerised catalogue of monographs, national and international speciality magazines, technical items, press releases, legislation and regulations, both on the national and the EU level.
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