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In autumn, the work of the harvest involves almost everyone in the Douro region. Grapes that grow in this rugged landscape must be picked by hand. Teams of pickers called rogas return to the same vineyards year after year and work from sunrise to sunset.





There may be three generations of one family working together in the vineyard - the women cutting, the young generation carrying small baskets to fill the larger harvest baskets which are carried by the men.





There may be three generations of one family working together in the vineyard - the women cutting, the young generation carrying small baskets to fill the larger harvest baskets which are carried by the men.





For the workers in the field, any hummock is a chair. While they eat they share stories of past harvests and the joy it brings them - and they also pass around the jug of wine!





Each row of vines may be picked several times because only ripe grapes can be taken. Unlike other fruit, grapes will not continue to mature once they are picked. The entire Douro region is harvested in about four weeks and the task must be completed before the autumn rains begin.