Culture

Vinho Verde

Some say the designation "Verde" (green) owes its origin to the wine's acidity and freshness, resembling unripe (green) fruit. Others affirm that "Verde" comes from the region's vegetation, which imparts a green tone to the soil, even in winter.


First export

From the 17th Century onwards, exports of "Vinho Verde" to England have become regular. It is likely that the first wines to be exported were from the area of Monção and that the transaction was made through Viana do Castelo.


Vine growing

In the 12th Century there was a great incentive to the growing of vines. In the foral (royal document) granted by D. Afonso Henriques to the men of Bouças (1172) it was declared that the plantation of vines was free of any duties for a period of five years, after which the duty would correspond to the 6th part of the wine harvested.

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