IG – Açores / DOC – Graciosa, DOC – Biscoitos and DOC – Pico.

Right in the middle of the Atlantic, are the  Azores Islands. These are 9 volcanic islands, of which only 4 produce wines that well reflect their unique and remarkable terroir. 

Wine Tourism

Planted amidst sea, volcanos, strong winds and humidity, the vineyards in the Azores thrive in a wild landscape, where the bright green of the vines planted in the lava rock contrasts with the blackness of the basalt of the stone walls. These dry stone walls are called “currais” and protect the vines from the sea wind but let the sunshine in for grape maturation. The vineyard landscape of Pico was also classified by UNESCO in 2004 as World Heritage.  

In addition to wine, there is also a huge variety of fresh fish and seafood you should taste.

But other gastronomic treasures characterize the Azores islands such as amazing cow cheese, sweet and very tasty pineapple and extensive tea plantations, all very unique in Europe.

In addition to the food, you can also walk through the forest and find impressive lagoons surrounded by hydrangeas of all colors, take an ocean safari to see whales and dolphins and meet friendly cows while driving along the roads around each island!

Cities to visit: Ponta Delgada, Angra do Heroísmo, Madalena

Main grape varieties

Main varieties: Arinto dos Açores, Terrantez do Pico, Verdelho

In this wine region, table wines are produced, with white wines being the most appreciated, brandy and fortified wines.

The wines produced in the Azores are mostly white. They are known for their high acidity, citrus and passion fruit aromas, but also having a strong saline touch influenced by the proximity of the vineyards to the sea.

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