The idea of having a vacation somewhere on tropical islands is no news today. In Indian Ocean or in the Caribbean the latter might be compared to little pieces of Eden, where azure waters contrast white sands, and countless bars, peppered along the coastline, serve colorful cocktails. In very deed, such a travel might become a dream of delight.
The Old World, on the contrary, might boast of only a few spots, where travelers might bliss out and truly plunge into rest. One may name Canary or Balearic Islands in Spain, or Sicily and Sardinia in Italy, but the honor to be a real piece of paradise often goes to Portuguese Azores, surrounded by limitless waters of the Atlantic and, thus, remote from the mainland. Covered with forest greenery, with volcanoes’ peaks from place to place, the Azores is a core of virgin natural beauty in Europe. However, to enjoy this magnificence entirely, tourists should definitely try all the exquisites of locals, and wine is not an exception.
In fact, it was Franciscan monks who introduced the technology of wine production to islanders by the end of the 15th century. And today, three isles out of nine gained popularity as remarkable destinations for wine lovers. There favorable sunny climate and basaltic clay soils on the mountain hills facilitate the manufacture.
The most famous is wine made on Pico. Historically, Verdelho de Pico was even imported to North Europe and Russia. In 1750 this delicious jug wine reached the table of the Pope, while Americans valued it as a great medicine. Though, the biggest fans were Russian tsars; after Russian Revolution of 1917 many bottles of Verdello de Pico were discovered in cellars of royal family. At present, on Pico tourists are also recommended to try blackberry liqueurs Amora and Angelica.
The wine-making achievements of Graciosa Island were marked in the 16th century. At the time, locals and guests suffered from lack of potable water, while wine deposits were limitless. A famous joke of George Clifford, stated in 1589, still retains popularity in the neighborhood. He said that it was easier to achieve wine from the locals that fresh water. Hopefully, today the tendency reversed. Graciosa has recommended itself as a producer of unique wines. Especially, it refers to Tera do Conde, which in practice cannot be found anywhere else around the archipelago.
Besides being the only island to arrange bullfights, Terceira is also recognized for its wine-making accomplishments, where this alcohol is not only a beverage, but an important ingredient in culinary. Local wine Verdelho dos Biscoitos is still supplied to many European churches and monasteries in addition to wide distribution around Portugal. The island hosts the only wine museum on the Azores; probably, aside from scenic views of Terceira wineries on the hills, Biscoitos museum has been a must-visit sightseeing spot since its establishment in 1990. Visitors are offered to follow all the process of wine manufacture, trace its history, taste different sorts of local wine (both red and white), and even do some shopping.