In time the bad turn sour
and the good mature.
In vino veritas est
History of wine making has always been linked to the Great Civilizations
of the World. Its first vestiges date back to Mesopotamia circa
6000 B.C. and Egypt 3000 years later. It crosses the Hellespont
and soon becomes popular in Western Europe through the mission
of Dionysus, one of the gods of the Greek Pantheon, who was responsible
for revealing the art of wine making to Man. The Roman deity,
Bacchus, took up the task during the expansion of the Roman Empire
throughout Western Europe, where, upon reaching the Iberia, wine
making soon became part of the habits and customs of the Iberians.
's Golden Age as a wine producing country commenced during the
Napoleonic Wars, when, deprived of French wines, the English soon
discovered the virtues of the Douro Region wines, and later, Madeira
Wine, and started large scale exportation.
the Azorean archipelago the Verdelho Antigo wine from the Island
of Pico quenched the thirst of many a Russian pirate for decades
and graced the tables of the European aristocracy and Americans
throughout the 19th Century. Other Azorean wines, such as the
Vinho de Cheiro, also found their way far and wide over the ocean.
the full-bodied wines of the southern Dão Region and the sparkling
northern "verde" wines are steadily gaining ground on the world
of indisputable quality, Portuguese wine products are in dire
need of an efficient and dynamic international marketing policy
in order for Portugal to consolidate its position amongst the
major wine producing countries of the modern world.
page aims to make a significant contribution to the diffusion
and promotion of Portuguese Wines amongst all lovers of the Divine
Nectar the world over! To this end, we request you to forward
us any information you might have as well as any other relevant
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