Colares is a charming village reclining on two hills of the Sintra Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The existing vines are increasingly reducing, and their productions are limited. It's a surviving wine region that could be in danger of extinction, which is why its wines are rare, appreciated and much sought after.
How many times have we heard: "This wine is the faithful expression of the region's terroir". But after all, what does terroir mean and what is the influence it has on wine?
Alfrocheiro is a noble grape variety grown in several regions of Portugal such as Bairrada, Tejo, Douro and Alentejo but the most representative is in the Dão region. In Douro it is also known as "Tinta Bastardinha" or "Tinta Bastardeira" and in Viseu it is known as "Tinta Francesa" or "Tinta Francisca de Viseu".
It is difficult to say, with precision, where the first vines came from in the Azores archipelago. There are records that indicate that the first steams came from the island of Cyprus to the islands of Pico and São Jorge, there are others that indicate that they came from the island of Madeira.
A cheese and wine tasting is something that comes to us seductively and attractively. If you don't want to make a mistake in your choice, you can start from some general principles, not forgetting that, in everything, there are exceptions.
Clams, shrimp, oysters, crabs, or lobster are among the most popular and appreciated seafood. Portugal, bathed by the cold waters of the Atlantic, is a paradise for countless specimens. This intrinsic maritime connection explains the extensive list of sea dishes that are part of its gastronomy.
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