Bacchus (gr. Dionysos)

History

In mythology, Lusus was the son or companion of the winery, Bacchus (gr. Dionysos). The Roman province of Lusitania, which is identical with parts of today’s Portugal, may have got its name from this mythological figure. Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans brought the vines and winegrowing to Portugal, which was carried on at modest levels during …

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Battle of Aljubarrota

After the Battle of Aljubarrota / Alcobaça 1385 and the Treaty of Windsor (1386) a flourishing wine trade with Great Britain arose. Under Henry the sailor, Muscat and Malvasia grapes were planted on the rediscovered island of Madeira. After the collection of high duties on French wines by William III. In 1693 the English wine …

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Portugal 1756 law

In 1756, Portugal adopted the world’s first law on the limitation of a cultivation area, the port wine region of Alto Douro on the Douro. The destruction of the cultivated areas by powdery mildew and phylloxera caused the wine production to decline, and by 1930 a reconstruction by numerous wine cooperatives began. The revolution of …

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Facts about vineyard area

In Portugal, a vineyard area of approximately 239,000 hectares (the world’s seventh largest in the world) is processed, producing an annual production of approximately 6 – 7 million hectoliters. In the last five years, Portugal was able to increase its annual production by 8 per cent, in contrast to the global trend. About 15% of …

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Growing zones in Portugal

There are now five wine-growing zones in Portugal with over 40 quality wine-growing areas, 26 of them with DOC status. DOC means Denominação de Origem Controlada in Portugal and corresponds to the Spanish DO or the French AOC system. Six regions produce IPR wines (Indicação de Proveniencia Regulamentada, corresponding to the VDQS wines), eight regions …

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