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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Portugal: Our journey through its vineyards and cellars (part 3 - Bairrada)


The Bairrada wine region in Portugal is packed with history and vigor.
The region architecture is marked by the fights between Christians and Arabs. The hills of Bussaco were also the ground to defend the Portuguese independence, once in jeopardy by the military forces of Napoleon.
The name "Bairrada" is from "barros" (clay) and due to the clayey soils of the region. Although the region was classified in 1979, it is an ancient vineyard region and Baga is its most traditional grape variety.

These pictures were taken by Arnaldo and I during our journey through the vineyards and cellars of France, Spain and Portugal during the summer of 2009.I hope you enjoy them.
Cheers,
LA
 
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