DOC area in the west of the Portuguese region Beiras
near the atlantic coast. It is an ancient wine-growing region, in the 14th and 15th centuries a third of the area was used for viticulture. At the beginning of the 18th century, the dark and tannin-rich red wines were very popular in England and were also used as port wines (from the area north of them) Douro
) or blended with it. When the borders for the port wine
was established by the then Portuguese Prime Minister Marques de Pombal
(1699-1782) ordered to clear the Bairrada vineyards to protect port wine. In 1908 the area was removed from the list of wine-growing areas by the...