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Quiz- The History of Real Companhia Velha

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International Children’s Day 2021 - digital quiz

Welcome to another digital activity of the educational service of the Museum of the Oldest Appellation in the World, on this special day. The Quiz presented is based on the information provided in the children’s interactive book, digitally promoted a year ago. Available online, click here.

This activity consists of 20 questions, taking into account the information provided in this digital book. For each question, three answers are presented, one of them is the correct answer. This is an activity for the entire family and we invite everyone to participate. Do you really know the history of the company and the history of port wine?

Let’s get started…


Quiz - The History of Real Companhia Velha

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1st Question – In which year was the Upper Douro Wine region classified by Unesco as a World Heritage site?

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2nd Question – The wine produced in the Douro region had been consumed locally for many hundreds of years. In what century did this wine start to be exported to other countries?

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3rd Question – The Treaty of Methuen was aimed to establish the trade of Portuguese wines, and was carried out in 1703, among which countries?

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4th Question – The Marquis of Pombal established the Companhia Geral da Agricultura das Vinhas do Alto Douro, through the royal charter with the permission of which King?

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5th Question – In what year is Real Companhia Velha founded? It was established on 10th September of ….

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6th QuestionReal Companhia Velha aimed to elevate and give prosperity to Port wine. Considering those objectives, what were the main responsibilities of this Company?

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7th Question – The Companhia Geral da Agricultura das Vinhas do Alto Douro created the first demarcated and regulated wine region in the world. How was this demarcation made?

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8th Question – The commercial control of wines produced in Alto Douro, by the State, in the city of Porto, originated a famous protest, on February 23rd, 1757. Which was known as?

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9th Question – The Cooperage was a fundamental craft for the storage of Port wine, in exceptional conditions. From which country did experienced coopers come from to teach the Portuguese makers?

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10th Question – The Company supported the creation of various public utility services (building ships, warehouses, factories, among many others) and also carried out several public works (roads, bridges and walls). It was also responsible for improving the navigability of the Douro River, through the destruction of several obstacles, as was the case of Cachão da Valeira. What kind of obstacle was this?

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11th Question Real Companhia Velha established the first public higher education school in the city of Porto, which is at the origin of the current University of Porto. What was its designation:

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12th Question – The Companhia Geral da Agricultura do Vinhas do Alto Douro improved the trade and international prestige of Port wine by creating strong commercial relations with several countries, from different continents. In which Russian city was a Portuguese commercial house open, in the 18th century, to deliver Port wine to the empress?

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13th Question – The Real Companhia Velha and the dynamic of the Port wine trade, elevated the city of Porto both in terms of social and economic prestige. At the end of the 18th century, what percentage did Port wine represent in terms of national exports?

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14th Question – The 19th century was a century marked by great difficulties for the entire nation and for the Company itself. What were the reasons?

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15th Question – The second half of the 19th century was marked by the appearance of several pests that plagued the vineyards of the Upper Douro region. The most well-known had very serious repercussions, destroying a large area of vineyards in the region. What was the name of this plague?

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16th Question Real Companhia Velha became an independent and world-renowned company, although it definitively lost all of its majestic privileges in the year of …

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17th Question – By not having the support of the Company to regulate the production and trade of Port wine, at the beginning of the 20th century, this wine had lost its prestige. However, what was the name of one of the most famous personalities in the History of Port Wine for defending this product?

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18th Question – The first half of the 20th century was marked by the two Great World Wars. How was the trade of the port wine affected by this crises?

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19th Question Real Companhia Velha modernizes and consolidates itself in the national and international market, when Manuel da Silva Reis, after acquiring the majority of the company's capital, undertakes its management, in the year of….

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20th Question – The Upper Douro Wine Region has a wonderful landscape magnitude. This region extends for how many kilometers along the Douro valley?

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