The tea plantation Cha Gorreana is beautifully situated on the North coast of the island Sao Miguel, near the little village of Maia, surrounded by green volcanic hills and the big blue of the Atlantic ocean, far away from any industrial pollution.
Family owned and operated for 5 generations, the Gorrean plantation is the only Euro Zone Region to grow tea. The estate measures approximately 45 hectares; 30 employees produce about 40 tons of tea annually, mainly consumed on the islands themselves and in the Portuguese mainland. Due to the special micro-climate in this part of Sao Miguel, with its constant high level of humidity throughout the year in combination with fertile volcanic soil, the Cha Gorreana plantation doesn’t have to fight against vermins of any kind. The tea plant – Camellia Sinensis – is grown organically here without any pesticides, herbicides and fungicides being used. During more than 125 years of successful tea growing the plants have adapted themselves to the sometimes rough and salty winds coming off the ocean and don’t need any additional shelter anymore. They are allowed to reproduce themselves the natural way. Pure and mild with a fine natural flavour, Gorreana tea is available as balck tea or green tea in different varieties.
Gorreana tea aficionados may enjoy a cup of their favorite tea on May 5th. at the Santa Monica International Tea Festival.
Sources: www.gorreanatea.com ; LA Times
Translated by: www.PortugueseBooks.Org