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BROTHERS

T he Brothers meet in a Capìtulo (Chapter), officially convened by the Chanceler, to take the important decisions concerning the Confraria, including the admission of new Confrades.

Whether they be Heads of State, notable personalities or institutions, independent merchants, directors or managers of companies, they all bear the name of Confrades (Brothers) and are attributed the ranks of title.



HONORARY BROTHERS

The Confrades Honorários (Honorary Brothers) are attributed one of three ranks; Cancelário (Vice-Chancellor), Infanção (Nobleman) or Cavaleiro (Knight).

INFANÇÃO

is attributed to all notable personalities or institutions who make a significant contribution to the promotion and prestige of Port Wine or who merit distinction with this rank due to their personal prestige or high ranking positions.

CANCELÁRIOS

The rank of Cancelário is given to Heads of State who, through their status, bring dignity to the Confraria do Vinho do Porto. The Confraria has 44 Cancelários, including the President of Portugal, the King of Spain, and the King of Belgium among the many Presidents, Princes and leaders of the world who honour this brotherhood by their participation.

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CAVALEIROS

Are those who merit recognition for their dedication and service to Port Wine and do not find themselves included in the previous ranks.




ACTIVE BROTHERS

The Confraria do Vinho do Porto is made up by the members of the Port Wine trade who carry out a professional activity in the making and exporting of Port Wine, be they individual merchants, directors or managers of companies.

These active Confrades can receive the rank of Mestre (Master)in the case of owner or director and Experto (Expert) in the case of a manager.

It is these active Confrades, - Mestres and Expertos - who, amongst themselves, elect the Chancelaria (Chancery), a Board who preside over, and represent, the Confraria do Vinho do Porto. In addition they elect the Mesa De Vedores (a supervisory Board).

The Confrades meet in a Capìtulo (Chapter), officially convened by the Chanceler, to take the important decisions concerning the Confraria, including the admission of new Confrades.



Aside from the Statutes, the Confraria possesses the Usanças (rules of Usage), an internal set of regulations that set out, in great detail, the activities of the Confraria do Vinho do Porto.

The Usanças define the ceremonial attire of the Confrades, inspired by the garments of the patron Infante D. Henrique:
- A black hat with a wide brim, bound around the crown of which is a wide black silk ribbon which falls to the shoulder and is wrapped around the neck. The members of the Chancelaria are distinguished by the use a cream coloured ribbon;
- A garnet coloured cape trimmed with black ribbon;
- An insignia with the Confraria emblem placed on the left-hand side of the cape at breast height;
- A bright green and red ribbon placed round the neck from which hangs a Tambuladeira - a traditional Port Wine tasting cup from the XVII century.

This use of this attire is obligatory for the Confrades.

The Confrades Honorarios (Honorary Brothers) use a bright green and red ribbon from which hangs the Tambuladeira, and the ranks of Cancelário and Infanção are presented with the cape and hat.

A unique diploma indicating the respective rank, and signed by the Chanceler and Almoxarife, is presented to all the Confrades.