Last but not least, to describe the region of the Azores (Figure No. 19), I can say that it is also recognized for the excellent wines produced in some of the islands that constitute the archipelago. Situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, about 1,600 kilometres from the mainland coast of Portugal, is an archipelago consisting of nine islands in three of which wine is produced: Pico, Terceira and Graciosa. The Azores Islands were colonized in the fifteenth century, when the first vines were planted, which is attributed, according to historical references, to the Franciscan friars. The vineyard, planted in "currais" for wind protection, developed well. At the beginning of the sixteenth century, Carmelite monks and Franciscan friars perfected the wine techniques successfully.Contacts with the Hanseatic League, the export through its own factory in Brazil, in addition to trade with England and Russia where Pico wine was considered the wine of the Tsars, reveal a great commercial organization.