Season One, Episode Three – Maia/Vila Franca

Gorreana Tea Plantation, Maia Sao Miguel

On this episode I visit Sao Miguel’s oldest and at one time only tea plantation in all of Europe: Cha Gorreanna. Since 1883, one family has operated this organic tea plantation, now in the hands of 7th generation owner Madalena Motta; I have a nice strong cup of tea with her!

After, I head down the road to the second tea plantation on the island... Cha Porto Formoso. This quaint plantation sits on the hills above the village of Porto Formoso. Once again I get to sample some amazing tea and paired with homemade biscuits…

Then it’s off to a local kitchen where I bake traditional Butter Biscuits. Perfect to have with my tea later!! .

Next, I go to Vila Franca but before I venture into the village I drive up to a mountain top to the Chapel of Our Lady of Peace… the view is spectacular!!! Once back down from the mountain I head to Queijadas da Vila Franca Do Campo, Do Morgado . It’s  a family owned bakery that makes, hands down, my favorite queijada on the Island. I meet the owner, Sr Morgado, and his youngest daughter Rita who has been given control of the day-to-day operations of the business. I sample as well as give a hand in wrapping these delicious desserts!!

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