Maçã da Beira Alta

Description: The Maçã da Beira Alta PGI is an apple (species Malus domestica Borkh.) derived from the Golden, Gala, Red Delicious, Starking, Jonagold, Granny Smith, Jonared and Reineta varieties produced in the defined area. It has its own distinctive flavour and can be stored for a considerable amount of time.

Production method: The hot dry summers in the area where these apples are grown result in their bright color and sweetness.

Special features: Maçã da Beira Alta PGI apples are grown in the so-called Terras do Demo (the land of the demon) because of the harsh climate with its very cold winters and hot, dry summers. These conditions however produce excellent apples which are appreciated throughout the country.

Production area: Maçã da Beira Alta PGI apples are grown in the districts of Viseu and Guarda and also in the municipalities of Oliveira do Hospital, Tábua and Arganil.

History: The origin of Maçã da Beira Alta PGI is closely linked with the history of the region. The inhabitants of the Beira Alta region soon realized that they had the ideal conditions for growing excellent apples, having these fruits acquired a great reputation throughout the country. Currently, Maçã da Beira Alta PGI continues to be known for its quality even when compared with apples from other regions.

Product specification (pdf)

Geographical area

Producer group
FELBA - Centro de Valorização dos Frutos e Legumes da Beira Alta

Control and certification body
Kiwa Sativa – Unipessoal, Lda.

Control plan
Control plan (pdf)

Publication in EU official journal
Regulamento (CE) n.º 1107/96 da Comissão – L 148 de 21.06.1996

Publication in the Portuguese official journal
Aviso n.º 12517/2003, de 22 de novembro
Despacho n.º 17005/2003, de 3 de setembro
Despacho n.º 60/94, de 15 de fevereiro