The Algarve wine region is unique in its culture, landscape, food climate, and wine. Visit the Algarve for a wonderful wine and lifestyle experience.
The Algarve wine region is protected by its surrounding mountains. This location gives the perfect climate and landscape for the production of excellent and unique Portuguese wines. In recent years, young winemakers and viticulturists have flocked to the Algarve. These winemakers have invested in the region’s winemaking industry and brought with them valuable know-how and technology to produce the best of Portuguese wines. These wines are now recognized as some of the best in Portugal and compete with others from more well-known winemaking regions.
Wine lovers from across the world should not miss the chance to experience the culture, wine, and gastronomy of this incredibly beautiful region.
Algarve – High-Quality Wine Producer
Traditionally, the Algarve region was known for sun, sand, food and golf. In recent times though, the region is becoming increasingly acknowledged as one of the top wine producing regions in Portugal. Today, the wines of the Algarve are considered to be some of the best and highest quality wines in Portugal and internationally.
Classification system of Algarve Wines
The Algarve wine region is classified as a Vinho Regional (VR). The region consists of four DOCs which are Lagos, Portimao, Lagoa, and Tavira. The Algarve is perfectly located facing the south. This means that it has a sunny and warm climate that is perfect for the growing of vines. The surrounding mountains of the region provide it with shelter from the cold northern winds. The proximity to the ocean, almost means that light breezes cool the vines in the evenings.
The vines of the Algarve region are grown mainly along the coastline. The most popular local varietals grown across the region are Negra Mole, Castelao, Siria, Malvasia Fina and Manteudo.
The red wines of the Algarve region can be described as soft to drink. They are low in alcohol and acidity which makes them perfect for the warmer climate. Algarve red wines are both elegant and aromatic.
Algarve white wines are less commonly produced than the red wines. The white wines are full bodied and fresh, perfect for summer days. These wines are best enjoyed chilled.
Travelling through the Algarve wine region has become a popular wine route for visitors. The wine route has four already developed itineraries that cater to the needs of all wine tourists. The itineraries are filled with excellent activities, wineries, wine tasting experiences and accommodation options.
Red Varieties: Castelao, Syrah, Tinta Negra Mole, Crato Branco, Petit Verdot, Baga, Cinsault
White Varieties: Arinto, Siria, Alicant-Branco, Moscatel Graudo, Verdelho
Excellent Portuguese wines to be enjoyed by all
Algarve red and white wines are well known for their use of very ripe fruits. These fruits give the wines warm and velvety flavours. As a result of the wine making process and the fruits used, the wines also have a very high level of alcohol.
Although a small number of wineries in the Algarve region produce white wines, the region is best known for its red wines. The red wines of the Algarve wine region are made mostly using the Tinta Negra Mole and Crato Branco grape varietals. This wine region is lucky enough to receive over 3000 hours of sun per every year. This creates growing conditions perfect for the production of juicy red wines. Although these wines are juicy and wonderful to drink, they are low in acidity and depth.
Along with table wine, the Algarve region also produces white liqueur wines with the Siria and Moscatel Graudo grape varietals.
Places to Visit in Algarve
Albufeira – Portugal’s number 1 resort town
Albufeira is the largest resort town on the Algarve Peninsula of Portugal. Perfectly located on the pristine Algarve coast, Albufeira is paradise on earth. The town of Albufeira has everything one needs for the perfect vacation including the perfect climate, pristine beaches, bustling restaurants and a wonderful atmosphere. Although once a sleepy fishing village, Albufeira is now one of the top tourist destinations in Portugal. Albufeira offers activities to suit all visitors from golf and water sports to theme parks and water sports – take a trip to Albufeira for guaranteed fun for the whole family.
Faro – Capital of the Algarve Region
The city of Faro is the capital of the Algarve region. Faro is also the most southernmost city in Portugal. In the past, Faro was a city that people only visited passing through. Today it has become one of the most popular destinations in the south of Portugal. The city of Faro offers visitors a less touristy and more authentically Portuguese experience. It is also easily accessible thanks to its world class international airport. Take a trip to Faro and be sure not to miss the beautiful Old Town, the Ria Formosa, the range of unspoiled beaches and the excellent local restaurants.
Nature is a Doorway into a New World
The Algarve region is known for being a beach destination, but the environment holds so much more than this for nature lovers. This region is the perfect gateway to exploring the beauty of southern Portugal.
Parque Natural do Vale do Guadiana
The Parque Natural do Vale do Guadiana is located in the town of Mertola in the Algarve region of Portugal. This natural park was created in 1995. The park is located along the banks of the Rio Guadiana which is one of the biggest and most important rivers in Portugal. The Parque Natural do Vale do Guadiana provides is the perfect natural park to enjoy the spectacular local flora and fauna of the region. When visiting the park one can see black storks, kestrels, owls, and even the rare Iberian toad. The Parque Natural do Vale do Guadiana has a range of walking and cycling trails. Maps of these trails are available at the park headquarters on arrival.
Pego do Inferno Waterfall – Hells Pool
The name Pego do Inferno Waterfall translates into English as ‘Hells Pool’. Don’t let the name fool you – the Pego do Inferno Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall and is worth the visit. When arriving at the Pego do Inferno Waterfall the walkway to the waterfall takes one along a path that provides breathtaking views of the Asseca Valley. After the short work, a set of wooden stairs winds down to the footbridge over the Asseca Creek. Before arriving at the waterfall, you will hear the rumbling waters. The waterfall provides the perfect location for a cooling swim in the summer months.
Hiden Gem – The unspoiled beach of Olhos de Agua
Olhos de Agua was once a small fishing village but is now one of the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve region. The name Olhos de Agua comes from the freshwater springs that sit between the rocks on the east end of the beach. When the tide is out, these freshwater springs are the perfect place to feel the freshness of the water coming from the depths of the earth. Olhos de Agua is a wonderful seaside resort that is much quieter than most of the other beaches on the Algarve. When visiting enjoy the beach, the fresh water, and the excellent surrounding restaurants and cafes.
What to Eat in Algarve
The Algarve wine region provides a wonderful gastronomic experience for all who visit. Because of the location of the region along, the coast, fresh seafood is present on every menu. The freshest of seafood is usually accompanied by fruits and vegetables perfectly ripened by the sun. The Algarve is the perfect destination for fresh, mouth-watering dishes enjoyed in the warm sunshine and paired with the best of local wines.
Algarve Cataplana – The culinary classic of the Algarve
Although Algarve Cataplana is a dish native to the Algarve region, it has become popular across the world. The name Algarve Cataplana comes from the cataplana cookware that is used to prepare the dish. The cataplana is a clam-shaped dish that is traditionally made of copper. Algarve Cataplana is a recipe that was developed from the traditional tagine brought to Portugal by the North African settlers. The dish is made with a combination of seafood including clams, prawns, octopus, and fish. These ingredients are then flavored with white wine, chorizo sausage, ham, Piri Piri, and coriander and left to cook in the cataplana. Algarve Cataplana is best enjoyed with paired with a crisp local Algarve white wine.
Doces finos do Algarve – The Algarve Tradition
Doce Fino is a factory that is very closely linked to the history, heritage, and traditions of the Algarve. Doce Fino produces a range of delicious treats, sweets, and pastries, specializing in those native to the Algarve region. These delicacies include morgadinhos, almond fruits, the D. Rodrigo, cheese, and morgados. The pastry shop at the Doce Fino sells delights such as carob pie, almond pue, orange pie, cream puffs, and folares. Sweeten your day to some of the amazing delicacies at the Doces Finos.
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