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About Portugal

While many wine businesses and family owned wineries have adapted to modern day machinery for production, Portugal remains a country that values tradition and in many parts still use wine treading not only to turn grapes into wine but also as a tourist attraction. Portugal is the oldest country in Europe and because of this has a long wine history dating back to 2000 BC. The regions that the grapes are grown on can be unforgiving in Portugal with many of them having steep slopes, some made of granite. Many of the terraces were man-made from people chipping away at the stone with hammers and bringing in soil for appropriate planting. Tourism is strong in Portugal because many outsiders flock to the country for its beautiful beaches. The locals are known for being friendly and laid back which is attractive to travelers who are both with companions, or alone. Thanks to the landscape there are many beautiful hikes to be explored - many which border the ocean leaving every angle to have a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean. Portugal is known for its ‘Port’ wine, a sweet fortified wine that is often drunk after dinner in the company of cheese or fruits. Many regions around the world produce and sell ‘Port’ wine - in reality it is not authentic because true Port must be produced in Portugal from the Douro region. Another famous fortified wine is produced on the Madeira Islands and is unsurprisingly called Madeira wine. Allegedly, the ‘founding fathers’ who signed the ‘Declaration of Independence’ in the United States of America made their toast while drinking Madeira wine.

FACTS

Population
10.28 million (2019)

Area
92,212 sq km (35,603 sq mi)