|UNESCO #1117 - Pico Island Vineyard Culture - PORTUGAL|
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Pico Island Vineyards - AZORES - PORTUGAL - UNESCO #1117
One of the things that make the vineyards of Pico island in Azores really unique is that lots of the process is still done like in the old times. The paths between the fields and the main roads are so narrow and sharp that wine barrels transportation is sometimes made by hand or with a small horse pulled cart. This wonderful maxi-card (a 2006 special edition) shows precisely this - thank you very much Zé for another awesome maxi-card. This postcard took 2 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.