The French government has awarded Paulo Amorim the Chevalier dans l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole—an honor bestowed for outstanding contributions to agriculture.
The accolade, which in English translates to Knight in the Order of Agricultural Merit, recognizes the work Amorim has carried out since joining the wine industry in 1981. Previous honorees include Louis Pasteur, Pierre Le Roux, Catherine Deneuve and Prince Charles.
He also founded the Group of Seven, an association of the seven top wineries in Portugal, and served as its president. Amorim is a director of C. da Silva (Vinhos) and Quinta da Aveleda and is on the executive boards of Vinalda, Global Wines and Christie’s Port Wine Producer & Shipper.
Amorim said receiving the Chevalier dans l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole was “a great surprise and a great honor….[It gave him] the same feeling of 2006”, when he was presented with the Commendation of Grand Officer of the Order of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Merit by the then-president of Portugal, Jorge Sampaio.