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Soon after arriving in the Azores in the 1430s and digging into the rich volcanic soil, Portuguese settlers planted Verdelho wine grapes. Six centuries on, travelers are increasingly exploring the vineyards of the Azores — especially those found on Pico Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

It started with a rumor of a lost world on the island’s north coast. “You mean one of the fajãs,” says my guide, Elizabeth. “We’ve got dozens of them.” These flat, fertile shelves, formed by erosion and volcanic activity, huddle at the base of sheer sea cliffs. “But I’d like to hike the lost world…