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Canteiro

Portuguese name for the barrel storage racks in the attics of the lodges (warehouses), where the dessert wine Madeira stores and ripens under extreme temperature fluctuations. The wines matured in this traditional way on the island of Madeira were formerly known as "Vinho canteiro". This method goes back to the experiences made with the "Vinhos de torna-viagem" (meaning "wine making a journey"), which used to be matured on long boat trips due to the ship's fluctuations (as was then thought) to a special quality , Only later was it recognized that the extreme temperature fluctuations were the decisive reason for this. See in detail under Torna Viagem,

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