To Malvedos by boat from Pinhão, by far the quickest way up. Stopped on the way at Roriz to see my son Robert who is working his second harvest in the Douro. The winery team at Roriz were just sitting down to lunch in the kitchen, so we eat with them after checking with the caseiro’s wife that there was enough food. All the winery team’s hands are already stained red. Rob is loving it having just spent two years working in financial services in London. He is sleeping in a tiny room with no windows and a hard bed, next to the kitchen, but I do not think he would swop it for a room at the Hilton. Onto Malvedos to see the vines. They are ready now and Henry has the winery all set for Monday. PM back down the river, it is feeling definitely cooler in the evenings, there is the beginning of an autumn feel in the air. Just as well. This will be a year of selection; different varieties have reacted differently to the conditions. Altitude, aspect and age of the vines are even more critical factors this year as can be seen every time we walk through the vineyards.