|UNESCO #1117 - Landscape of Pico Island Vineyard Culture - PORTUGAL|
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Pico Island Vineyards - AZORES - PORTUGAL - UNESCO #1117
Pico island is one of the nine pieces of heaven called Açores (or Azores if you prefer) and famous for the black volcanic earth that allows a unique wine culture; it's also an amazing spot for whale-watching. This postcard came from a very funny member of the postcrossing forum who gently offered me this UNESCO site to my collection - thanks a lot Joana (even without practice, you still know how to do it!). Now I have 54, only 908 to the end. This postcard took 7 days to arrive!
The 987-ha site on the volcanic island of Pico, the second largest in the Azores archipelago, consists of a remarkable pattern of spaced-out, long linear walls running inland from, and parallel to, the rocky shore. The walls were built to protect the thousands of small, contiguous, rectangular plots (currais) from wind and seawater. Evidence of this viniculture, whose origins date back to the 15th century, is manifest in the extraordinary assembly of the fields, in houses and early 19th-century manor houses, in wine-cellars, churches and ports. The extraordinarily beautiful man-made landscape of the site is the best remaining area of a once much more widespread practice.