Traditional Wine Landscape as a Rural Heritage:

Portuguese Verde Wine Vineyards

Authors

  • Isabel Vaz de Freitas Portucalense University
  • Makhabbat Ramazanova Portucalense University
  • Helena Albuquerque Portucalense University
  • Plínio Soares https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5537-2424

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.34190/ictr.15.1.241

Keywords:

Wine, Landscape, Traditional, Values, Perceptions, Rural heritage

Abstract

Verde wine has a traditional and unique range of patterns and processes of cultivation that result from the interactions between communities and environments. The result of this interaction characterizes the local wine culture and rural landscape and creates diversity of characteristics developed through times. In this context, vineyard historical landscape assures the range of differentiation of rural places and contributes to the image of wine as a cultural asset based on the cultural heritage accumulation and the slow transformation of the landscapes. Safeguard this historical resilient landscape could reinforce the local character in his own unicity, authenticity, significance, diversity as a testimony of identity. Safeguard the historical wine landscape promotes the preservation of old techniques and fragile tangible and intangible heritage condemned to disappearance with the new standardized exploitations.

In this context, this study identifies the values of Verde wine landscape as a unique heritage in the world, aiming to safeguard this traditional landscape in the perspective of local communities with a tourism approach.

The methodological approach is to analyse, reflect and open the debate about Verde wine landscape elements and characteristics, to evaluate its importance and residents´ satisfaction, and to compare aesthetic perceptions with other elements of Verde wine landscape. Quantitative approach with survey questionnaires was applied to residents of the Verde wine region.

The results identify local wine culture and rural landscape and find the diversity of characteristics developed through times in different places. The residents find Verde wine landscape beautiful and attractive, and they are attached to the traditional Verde wine vineyards, quality of wine and quality of gastronomy.

The study reinforces the safeguard of this historical resilient landscape and the local character in his own unicity, authenticity, significance, diversity as a testimony of identity. It promotes the preservation of traditional and ancient techniques and fragile tangible and intangible heritage of Verde wine.

Author Biographies

Isabel Vaz de Freitas, Portucalense University

Isabel Vaz de Freitas is a Full Professor at the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture of the University Portucalense (UPT), PhD in History, research member of REMIT (Research on Economics, Management and Information Technologies) and researcher member of LAB2PT at Minho University, Correspondent of the Portuguese Academy of History, Head of the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture.

Makhabbat Ramazanova, Portucalense University

Makhabbat Ramazanova is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture of the University Portucalense (UPT) and researcher at the REMIT - Research on Economics, Management and Information Technologies. She is a member of several EU TEMPUS and ERASMUS + projects.  Her main research interests are: sustainable tourism, the relationship between tourism and water, tourism development impacts, lake tourism, tourism planning.

Helena Albuquerque, Portucalense University

Helena Albuquerque is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture of the University Portucalense (UPT), PhD in Environmental Sciences and Engineering, and research member of the REMIT (Research on Economics, Management, and Information Technologies) of the Portucalense University. She has participated in research projects in the areas of sustainable tourism, environmental conservation and cultural heritage. Her main research interests are Sustainable Tourism, Geographic Information Systems applied to Tourism and Nature Tourism.

Plínio Soares

Plínio de Souza Soares is a student at the Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Brazil and an Erasmus+ student at University Portucalense.  He is a researcher at the REMIT (Research on Economics, Management, and Information Technologies) of the Portucalense University.  ENATUR 2020's Scientific Director.

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Published

2022-05-11 — Updated on 2022-05-13

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