Book Size: 6.75" x 9.5"
Imprint: Interlink Books
Illustrations: Illustrations, color
Release date: Fall 2021Category: Gift Books
Portugal and the Wines that Time Forgot
By Simon J. Woolf & Ryan Opaz$ 35
About this book
A stunning book on one of Europe's top wine-producing countries
Portugal’s rich wine culture dates back at least two millennia. Its vineyards teem with fascinating native grape varieties and its cellars harbor heritage wine styles and ancient techniques (including foot treading in stone troughs) that have died out elsewhere.
Foot Trodden is a book for everyone who loves a good story, wine, Portugal or modern social history—and for anyone who wants to dig deeper into Portuguese culture and the Portuguese soul. Written in an accessible, narrative style, this book is above all else about the people behind the wines: the challenges they faced, what drives them, and how they succeeded against the odds to put Portugal on the map.
With 80 specially commissioned photos, beautiful layout and design, Foot Trodden is crammed full of detail and depth about the wines and winemaking, but it’s emphatically not a text book or a Master of Wine study guide. You don’t need to be a wine geek or a history nut to enjoy it—this book is written for everyone.
Through eight chapters, Foot Trodden takes you on a journey from north to south, from the past to the future. The diversity of characters, landscapes and wines will have you salivating for your next bottle of Portuguese wine—and dreaming of the moment when you visit these historic winemaking regions.
“[A] delightful grape-filled tour of the country … and a deep dive into the ancient art of talha winemaking, where grapes are crushed by foot, then fermented in large clay vessels that are eventually sealed over with a paste made of resin, olive oil, and beeswax. For those curious about the wider world of wine, this sweeping history will bear fruit.” —Publishers Weekly
“Simon and Ryan are experts at hunting down the stories that link iconic winemakers and terroirs to history, politics, and culture. So who better to illuminate the secrets of Portugal’s little understood but compelling wines?” —Elin McCoy, Bloomberg/Decanter
“Age old traditions are the basis of Portugal’s modern wine movement. Simon’s and Ryan’s new book is an opportunity to discover why Portugal’s wine diversity is so exciting.” —André Ribeirinho, Adegga/Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Guide
“A pivotal narrative digging through the deep roots of Portugal”s ancient traditions. Insightfully portrayed by Simon J. Woolf’s impeccable writing and the detailed eye of Ryan Opaz.” —Bruno Almeida, Certified Master Sommelier/New York
“As a long-time lover of Portuguese wine, I’m excited to see this new book. A beautifully creative endeavour that looks set to introduce a new public to Portugal’s remarkable wine scene.” —Jamie Goode, The Wine Anorak
“Opaz and Woolf have a sure touch. A thoughtful exploration of winemaking in modern Portugal, and a very good read.” —Charles Metcalfe, International Wine Challenge
About the Author
Ryan Opaz is an American, based in Porto, Portugal, who has been writing about and photographing the wines of Portugal and Spain for the past 15 years. Founder of the award winning wine blog Catavino.net and CEO of Catavino Tours, today he spends his days guiding travelers to the hidden culinary and vinous treasures of Portugal. Ryan was the photographer for Porto: Stories from Portugal’s Historic Bolhão Market, a book which celebrates the culinary history of Northern Portugal in words and pictures.