Friday, February 15, 2013

Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture - Portugal

Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture is a portuguese UNESCO site in the Azores archipelago. The date of Inscription on the WHS list was 2004. Back in 2008, Zé "Pombal" sent me my 1st card from there (the 2nd in this post) and last December, Lurdes sent me another one.

Photo by Jorge de Barros
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. - in:

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