PortugalWikipedia: Portugal | Official Government Website: www.portugal.gov.pt
Updated: Mar. 19, 2014
Portugal includes the Azores, a series of small islands in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. The Azores grow tea, and, as they are technically part of Europe, they house the oldest commercial tea growing operation in Europe.
Mainland PortugalThe mainland of Portugal produces a number of herbs used in herbal teas, including Eucalyptus, which is primarily grown for timber but also used as an herb. Mainland Portugal has a mostly Mediterranean climate, with wet winters and dry summers. The precipitation increases as one moves northward, ranging from semiarid in the south to much wetter in the north.
The northern coast of Portugal is so wet that it is borderline with an Oceanic climate. This region would probably be suitable for growing tea, but tea is not currently grown commercially here.
Tea-Producing Regions of Portugal
Styles of Tea Produced in Portugal
This is a selection, not an exhaustive listing, of the styles of tea most commonly produced in Portugal.
The notion of the "best" teas is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas produced in Portugal, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.