A book published by Lagoa council has been named Portugal’s ‘Best Wine Book of the Year’ and will now compete for an international title at the Gourmand Awards ceremony, to be held on May 28-29 in Yantai, China.
Entitled ‘De Vento em Pipa – Quando o Vinho e o Homem Inventaram Lagoa’, the book, in Portuguese and English, was written by photographer and researcher Susana Neves who documented the borough’s history of winemaking “from the classical age to the present day”.
Edouard Cointreau, founder and president of Gourmand Awards, described it as a “masterpiece” that will “attract many visitors to Lagoa”.
The book was launched in February 2016 during the ‘Lagoa Cidade do Vinho’ gala at the Centro de Congressos do Arade in Parchal.
It is now among nominees for the final stage of the awards, widely considered the ‘Oscars’ of cookbooks and wine books.
The Gourmand Awards were founded in 1995, and have since annually honoured the best food and wine books, printed or digital, as well as food television.
Books from 205 countries participate in the event, the “only international competition of the sector”.