My name is Bruno Rafael Gonçalves Ramos, I am Portuguese, I'm twenty-seven years old and I have a degree in Oenology from the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD) since 2010. My experience in the field of oenology includes eleven training periods of harvest in six countries on four continents: Portugal, Argentina, Australia, United States of America, South Africa and France. During my training I performed the monitoring of fermentations and finished wines in the cellar. Each training had duration of three to four months (Figure No. 1).
In addition to this brief presentation, I consider important in the framework of the theme of this thesis, to make myself and my personal path known a little more.
When I was a child, I was used to accompany my grandparents to the farm, located near Setubal where the family had a small farm which involved the production of a wide variety of crops: salads, vegetables, fruits, cattle breeding and pig farming. Since I was six years old I remember helping my grandparents in the harvest, the seeding and obviously, as is natural in "life" in the field, eating the fruit directly from the tree or freshly harvested. I recall with particular joy the flavour then tasted, such as from oranges. Having spent much of my childhood on the farm, I learned a little of the "art of cultivating the fields."