The heroic vineyards
Set in the Azores volcanic archipelago, covered by green vegetation interspersed with incredible blooms of hydrangeas, small crater lakes and high cliffs of black or gray basalt, the Island of Pico has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004. The system of stone walls that divides the landscape into long parallel bands has strong similarities with the landscapes of the Cinque Terre in Italy, Alto Douro in Portugal and Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. Their function is the same: the agricultural exploitation of steep slopes, with a network of high walls protecting vines and other crops from violent winds and marine dust.
The architectural heritage of enclosures, castles, houses, churches, warehouses and wine cellars, wells communicating with the sea, ports and roads, together with the presence of natural reserves, the production of high quality wines (above all based on verdelho, white vine from small grapes) and the existence of viticultural and cultural traditions, make it an amazing landscape, where the strong interrelationship between man and nature is evident.