Gorreana Tea Factory is the oldest and, currently, the only tea plantation in Europe.

Internationally recognized as a “world class” tea, Gorreana is, since 1883, a family business that started with Ermelinda Gago da Câmara and her son José Honorato.

Gorreana Factory is a living museum. The methods and machines used in 1883 are still used nowadays. All the process is mainly handmade.

Due to the fact that the natural tea plagues do not survive on the island climate, Gorreana tea is totally free of chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and conservatives).

Gorreana produces exclusively black and green tea, which derive from a plant called Camellia sinensis. Within the black tea they produce and sell the varieties of Moinha, Broken Leaf, Pekoe, Orange Pekoe, Orange Pekoe Ponta Branca and Oolong. Within the green tea Gorreana has 3 varieties: Hysson, Encosta da Bruma and pear.

Orange Pekoe, a very aromatic and light tea, is extracted from the first leaf.
Pekoe, a less aromatic tea but with more intense flavour, is produced from the second leaf.
Broken feaf, a tea of milder aroma and flavour, as well as lower content of caffeine, is extracted from the third leaf.

Our visit
On 24th July 2015 a co-worker and I visited Gorreana Tea Factory At the time we arrived there (17:40), there was no activity in the factory. We walked freely, going through the different rooms. We started by the sterilization room, where the leaves are sterilized with steam to produce green tea.
Upstairs there’s the drying area where we found large wooden trays full of tea leaves. These leaves, used to produce black tea, are left in there to wilt. About 10 hours later they are moved into the rollers to remove their sap and then they are left to oxidize for about 3 hours.
When the leaves are completely dry, they are taken into the selection room to be classified according to their weight and size.
The final step takes place in the packaging room.

Free tea is available at the end of the visit.
There’s a shop that sells the varieties of tea produced in there. There’s also homemade ice cream for sell.

We enjoyed a nice cup of tea, bought some tea at the shop to bring home, and I would like to have tasted green tea ice cream, but there wasn’t any left, so I ate passion fruit ice cream, which was very good!

We didn’t leave the factory without watching a short video that explains how tea is produced.

The factory is surrounded by fields of Camellia sinensis, which can be visited. There’s even a small marked trail that takes us through the fields: PRC 28 SMI – Chá Gorreana.

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Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 08:00 – 19:00
Saturday and Sunday: 09:00 – 20:00

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