Douro Porto Wine Festival


José Manuel Sousa Soares was born in Porto in 1961.

Since 2009 he has been Director of Oenology for the Gran Cruz group, after having worked in oenology for the Barros group for 18 years.

He graduated from the Instituto Superior de Agronomia in Lisbon in 1985 and did a postgraduate degree in Oenology at the School of Biotechnology of the Catholic University of Porto in 1991.

He was appointed to the Advisory Board of the IVDP (Port Wine Institute) in 2000 and, in 2016, took over as coordinator of that Board until 2022.