Dr Joao da Vallera commended Robinson for championing Portuguese wines throughout her career and awarded her the
Commendador do Ordem do Mérito Empresarial – Classe do Mérito Agricola.
She said: “All my wine writing life I have felt very fond of Portuguese wines and have championed them.
“I think it’s high time we got rid of any idea that Portuguese wine has to be a niche product or an inexpensive product.
“The evidence is there that Portugal is producing some wonderful wines.”