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Adega Regional de Colares


The word "adega" refers to a wine cellars, what we in SA would know as a co-operative winery. As opposed to a wine estate.


The fame and value of Colares wine dates from 1863, when the European vineyards were devastated by phylloxera, a terrible plague that did not hit Colares due to the sandy conditions of the land and the extraordinary way the vines are planted. The vines are planted in sand dunes overlooking the sea. Trenches are dug, sometimes even more than 3mts deep, until it's reach the clay soil. The vine is planted in the soil and over the next 2 years the sand is slowly put back into the hole as the vine grows. This is not how it is done in SA  However, it did save the vines from phylloxera and at some stage they were the only remaining vines on the continent, now claiming to be the oldest in Europe. I have since heard there was also a spot in Corsica that survived the bug.


For a picture I used a technique I last used in the film days - a photomerge! The main pic is of the tasting room of Colares with a view of the cellar vats merge into that. There is also a picture of a gift box of Colares wine merged in.


Colares is on the way to the west coast from Sintra.



comments (14)

i liked what you did with the merger, Louis. i found the text very interesting.
Louis: The only thing about the merge is that all the pictures involved, seem to have lost a bit of sharpness. But I have learnt from it and will try to do it in a different way next time. Thank you Ayush.
Your merge worked really well! Quite a process you've described.
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth. You see why I like wine - there are always stories behind it.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 Nov 2017, 03:22
It is an interesting, but perplexing, image, Louis.
Louis: Perplexing - but I thought I should try it smile
Jolie cave, mais à  boire avec modération.
Louis: Je conduisais une voiture, ainsi j'ai seulement goûté au vin. Je n'ai pas bu le vin smile
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 1 Nov 2017, 06:24
Your photomerge makes my brain feel I have enjoyed more than one bottle of wine Louis
Louis: Yes, that kind of a vision when you get up from the sidewalk ...
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 1 Nov 2017, 06:25
Very clever, Louis. And I must say that I always enjoy your informative texts
Louis: Thank you Lisl. Sometimes, there is a good story behind a picture and in this case behind a glass of wine ...
Well merged and thanks for the history lesson on wine, none of which I knew before!
Louis: Thank you Bill. I knew phylloxera can be bad for the vines, but never knew there was such an epidemic in Europe. One aspect of the epidemic is that it destroyed all vines in the UK - it sort of killed off the total wine making industry there.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 1 Nov 2017, 08:30
My kind of place Louis.
Louis: Portugal is full of such places. My problem was that I was driving all the time, so had to be very careful. Taste, spit, buy a bottle of what I like the most and address that when I am not car dependent.
It worked well, Louis. I thought it was a reflection.
Louis: It was someone's reflection picture that reminded me that it can be done. Thank you Frank.
For the technique, I though I was looking through the window. Very interesting write up.
Louis: Thank you Mary. The merge can result in that window reflection look smile
I don't recall ever trying this technique in film days, it works very well, and the history is interesting also. We now have members at my camera club who have only ever experienced digital photography, when we older folks talk film they must wonder what we are on about.
Louis: Yes, when one talk film, they get a film over the eyes smile
This twiddle has worked well, I had to read the text to understand what I was seeing.
Louis: Thank you Martin. Glad you could figure it out, then.
I believe that the vineyards at Colares are somewhat reduced through development - but I recall a tasty red smile
Louis: They are reduced to around 16ha. I asked the question, since the number of barrels suggested a small operation. They are also the smallest district of origin, that is officially recognised. I have a bottle of that red in in my wine fridge - saving it for a special moment like sharing New Year with my wine knowledgeable son.
It makes a most interesting picture...
Louis: Thanks Larry

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