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Grape Treading in Arco de São Jorge Tomorrow

The Parish Council of Arco de São Jorge, in collaboration with the Museum of Wine and Vineyards and the Instituto do Vinho do Bordado e do Artesanato da Madeira, have organised tomorrow, the 19th of September the third edition of their ‘grape harvesting and treading’ experience.

Taking place in the museum itself, and using one of its three mills, the event aims to promote a truly traditional harvesting to Madeira Wine experience. The programme includes grape picking, transporting them to the mill in typical baskets, treading the grapes, tasting which includes traditional sweets and bread, and musical entertainment. This entire programme is geared towards the participation of tourists and other visitors, who themselves can be an integral part of this harvesting process, and experience all the excitement that surrounds the “making of the wine.”

Museum of Wine and Vineyard

Is located in the Experimental Viticulture Field of Arco de São Jorge. This museum presents an exhibition that portrays the customs and elements used, over time, in the production of regional wine. This exhibition is located in an old restored cellar. It is made up of tools used in viticulture, mostly provided by the local population, and also, outside the cellar, it is possible to appreciate the experimental viticulture field.

The space also includes a production unit called Sweets and Traditions, which sells homemade bread, honey cakes, breads and wicker pieces and will hold tasting opportunities.

I’ve actually treaded the grapes, which is a weird feeling, but when you get into it a great deal of fun, as is the initial tasting of the unmatured grape juice.  This is a must see/do experience for all those looking to combine history, traditional, culture and fun.

Samantha Gannon

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