Today, wines of good quality are still produced in Algarve, using the protection of the mountains of Monchique against the cold winds from the north and the Mediterranean climate of the region.
“Algarve Regional Wine” is produced all over Algarve. The vines grow all along the coastline from Tavira to Lagos in rocky, red, clay, sandy, limestone soils. There are four Denominações de Origem Controlada (DOC) in the Algarve: Lagos, Portimão, Lagoa and Tavira.
There are about 16 wine producers ( Quinta dos Lopes, Herdade dos Seromenhos, Monte da Casteleja, Quinta do Morgado da Torre, Herdade dos Pimenteis, Quinta da Penina, Quinta do Francês, Quinta dos Vales, Única, Quinta de Mata-Mouros, Paxá Wines, Quinta da Vinha, Quinta João Clara, Quinta do Barranco Longo, Adega do Cantor and Quinta dos Correias) in Algarve and among them they produce about 76 wines. Some examples:
QUINTA do MORGADO DA TORRE
Youthful Wine – Alvor Singular
Region – Portimao DOC; Grape varieties Arinto and Moscatel. Fruity and a slight touch of citurs. Goes well with seafood. Alcohol Content: 12.2% Prizes: Silver Medal “Best wines of the Algarve” 2008.
RED – Tapada da Torre Reserva
Region-Portimao DOC; Grape Varieties: Trincadeira, Touriga Nacional, Syrah and Cabernet Souvignon; Fruity-cherries, red plums, raspberries, pepper and cloves. Goes well with traditional Portuguese Cuisine. Alcohol Content: 13.6% Prizes: Gold Medal in the Wine Masters Challenge 2009.
QUINTA DOS VALES
White – Marquês dos Vales Primeira Selecção
Region-Lagoa DOC; Grape Varieties: Arinto, Malvasia and Siria; Tropical fruits such as Passion fruit. Young and fresh. Goes well with seafood, white meat, aperitif. Alcohol Content: 14%; Prizes: Gold Medal at the “International Wine Challenge” 2009.
Region: Lagoa DOC; Grape Varieties: Syrah, Alicante-Bouschet, Touriga Nacional and Aragonez; Fruity, plums and mulberries and toasty vanilla aromas. Some floral touches of green pepper. Good with ham and cheeses, and traditional Portuguese cuisine. Alcohol Content: 14.5%; Prizes: Silver Medal “Best Wines of Algarve” 2008, Silver Medal “Concours Mondial de Bruxelles” 2009.
QUINTA dos LOPES
Fortified Wine- Muska