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Portuguese wines are the result of an ancient tradition.
The cultivation of the vine have been initiated before the Roman era brought by Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians. But, it was the Romans who then in Lusitania (land of Luso, son of Bacchus), which came more developed and gained export tradition has come to our days.
Currently Portugal has two wine regions classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, which in itself is a recognition of the importance of the vineyard and Portuguese wines have the World scale.
The vine growing and wine production are generally implemented throughout Portugal, and throughout the country produces wine of excellent quality, but mainly for historical reasons some regions have taken a prominent role.
It's the most northern region of Portugal and commonly known for its white wine, and in particular for Alvarinho, which by its acidity and freshness characteristic made it a unique wine enjoyed throughout the world.
It's the oldest demarcated region in the world and commonly associated with the fortified wine known as port wine, and whose vineyards extend terraced shale along the banks of the river that gives it its name, the river Douro.
Located in north-central Portugal this mountainous region between the Serra da Estrela, Buçaco Caramulo sets and is directly related to the onset of Portugal and the influence of the monks.
Located in north-central coast of Portugal this region of clayey and sandy soils is mainly known for its natural but also for its rich tannins red sparkling wines.
Essentially consists of three micro regions, each of which has its specificity:
- Bucelas that produces most historic white wines from Portugal;
- Carcavelos which produces a centenary liqueur wine of excellence;
- Colares that produces a unique wine from their vineyards in sand floor.
In the vast basin of Tejo River wines of ancient tradition are produced, directly related to the great activity that the Romans developed in the region, and later also directly involved with the implementation of the commendations that Templar knights had in the region.
It is one of the largest wine regions of Portugal and equally one of the most popular. To be the hottest region of Portugal and dry, dominated by plans and poor soils, the many hours of sunshine and high temperatures during the summer months to give a perfect grape maturation.
Vine culture on Madeira island dates back to the time of discovery and its very generous wine aroma was appreciated very early throughout Europe. Aside from its longevity aroma of this wine is unique, may remain unchanged for many years after bottling.