(EURI 2024) Journey to promote Records in Europe – P18 – Gorreana Tea Factory (Potugual): Europe's Oldest Tea Producer

21-02-2024

(WorldKings.org) Established in 1883, The Gorreana Tea Factory, located on São Miguel Island in the Azores archipelago, Portugal, holds the distinction of being the oldest and currently the only tea plantation in Europe. This historic tea plantation continues to produce some of the finest teas on the continent, maintaining its reputation for quality and tradition over generations.

In the mid-1800s, orange production and exportation in the Azores had come to a grinding halt due to a blight that wiped out almost all of the islands' orange plantations. Oranges were the Azores' biggest export, and this blight threatened to send the islands into an economic crisis. Ever resilient and resourceful, Azoreans got to work on figuring out which crops they could cultivate to give the economy the boost it needed - as a result, crops like tea, tobacco, sweet potato, and pineapple were introduced.

When two Chinese tea plants, Camellia sinensis var. sinensis and Camellia sinensis var. assamica, were introduced to São Miguel Island. Recognizing the island's favorable climate and fertile volcanic soil, the Gorreana estate was established by Ermelinda Gago da Câmara, making it the first and oldest tea plantation in Europe.

At Gorreana, the art of tea production remains steeped in tradition. The tea leaves are hand-picked with care, ensuring only the finest quality leaves are selected. These leaves are then meticulously processed using age-old techniques, including withering, rolling, oxidation, and drying, preserving the natural flavors and aromas of the tea.

Beyond its commitment to quality, Gorreana places a strong emphasis on sustainability and environmental conservation. The tea plantation is situated within the protected area of the Gorreana Natural Reserve, ensuring the preservation of the island's unique biodiversity. Additionally, the estate employs eco-friendly farming practices, minimizing its carbon footprint and promoting biodiversity conservation.

As the oldest tea plantation in Europe, Gorreana continues to captivate tea enthusiasts and nature lovers alike, offering a glimpse into the timeless art of tea production. Whether enjoyed on the island or savored in far-flung corners of the world, Gorreana tea serves as a reminder of the Azores' natural beauty and the enduring legacy of European tea culture.

According to the Internet 

 


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