Wines of Algarve

The importance of vineyards in the south of Portugal dates back to the presence of the Moors in the region, when wines were already of a good enough quality to be exported.

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:


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.Image

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.



Red- Paxá

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.



Fortified Wine- Muska

Region: Lagos DOC; Grape Varieties: Moscatel;  Pleasant taste, fortified with tastes of flowers and molasses; Good as an aperitif,  Alcohol Content: 17%Image


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