DOC area in the west of the Portuguese region of Beiras
near the Atlantic coast. It is an ancient wine-growing area, 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 issued as port wine (from the Douro
area north of it) or blended with it. In 1756, when the limits for port wine
were set, the then Portuguese Prime Minister Marquês de Pombal
(1699-1782) ordered the uprooting of the Bairrada vineyards to protect port wine. In 1908, the government eliminated the area from the list of wine...