Portugal

Portuguese farmers raise a variety of crops but are best known for their fine grapes that are used to make wine. Wines from Portugal are enjoyed by people in many parts of the world. Some Portuguese winemakers still follow the traditional custom of crushing the grapes with their feet.

Portuguese grapes have been turned into wine for many years, it has been said that it could have been even earlier than 5000 BC. Records show that it was being made at a Monastery at Lourvão during the Moorish occupation and later it was being exported to England in the early twelfth century. In later times it became such a strong commodity between the Portuguese and the English to the extent where a British vice consul was appointed to the town of Viana do Castelo to represent British interests as well as Portuguese wines being preferred by the English over the French.

 

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