Cork-oak, known in Portugal as “sobreiro”, has been grown commercially in the region for the past 300 years, with the areas between the trees typically given over to grazing, or on the more productive soils, to the growing of citrus fruit, vines or olives. As a consequence, a uniquely rich and varied ecosystem has developed. The cork-oak is the only tree known that will allow this regular stripping of bark without damage. The harvest of one mature tree provides sufficient bark to produce about 4,000 wine bottle corks. We hope we have piqued your interest and tantalised your tastebuds to come and try some of our authentic Portuguese tapas! As Grandma Silva likes to say: “Guarda que comer, não guardas que fazer.” (Save something to eat, don’t save something to do!)