Both black and green tea is made from the leaves of a plant called the ‘Camellia sinensis’ however it is how the tea leaf is processed that creates the difference.
Although 90% of the tea consumed in the West is black tea, green tea is processed and grown in a variety of ways, and has been a tradition in Portugal since the 1750’s when the Camellia sinensis was discovered growing wild in the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal.
In the late 1870’s commercial production of tea in the Azores began, for distribution throughout Europe; producing an exquisite line of rare European teas admired by heads of state to houses of European and Japanese royalty dating back to the early 19th century.
After plucking the delicate leaves are sorted and cleaned and are either steamed or fried depending on the green tea then undergo the drying phase on delicate trays with the fresh ocean air adding a unique fragrant scent to the precious leaves.
A staple in European pantries for over a century, the unique green teas produced by 5th generation owners of the Gorreana Tea Estate are still produced using the ancient techniques that have been passed down by tea experts from Macau over 130 years earlier.
Although ornamental gardens have come and gone throughout European history, the only place where tea has been able to cultivate and has been produced and sold 100% SINGLE ESTATE for over a century is here at Gorreana; the pioneers of the European art of green tea since 1883.