The 987-ha site on the volcanic island of Pico, the second largest in the Azores archipelago, consists of a remarkable pattern of spaced-out, long linear walls running inland from, and parallel to, the rocky shore. The walls were built to protect the thousands of small, contiguous, rectangular plots (currais) from wind and seawater. Evidence of this viniculture, whose origins date back to the 15th century, is manifest in the extraordinary assembly of the fields, in houses and early 19th-century manor houses, in wine-cellars, churches and ports. The extraordinarily beautiful man-made landscape of the site is the best remaining area of a once much more widespread practice.

- UNESCO (CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0)

3 sites in this World Heritage

  • part I
  • part II
  • buffer zone 3
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DATA

Region
Europe
Country
Portugal 
Category
Cultural
Name
Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture
Selection Criteria (?)
(iii)(v)
Year of Registered
2004
Keyword
Agricultural Site, Cultural Landscape, Island, Registered in 2004, Vineyard