Algarve + wine = quality. Mainland Portugal’s southernmost region offers distinct elements for wine-growing, making this terroir unique. With an annual average of more than 3,000 hours of sunshine and the low temperature variation due to the tempering effect of the sea air and the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean, the region has been winning not only new admirers but also a range of prizes and awards in recent years.
Hand-in-glove with the region’s noteworthy typical cuisine, the red, white and rosé wines pair perfectly with the Algarve’s culinary specialities. From the traditional clams Bulhão Pato to seafood rice bursting with flavours, delicious grilled fish, and meat and game dishes, there is always a more or less fruity wine, with more or less alcohol and more or less body that pairs perfectly with any number of dishes.
Algarve wine tourism has been breaking new ground in recent years and the outlook is hopeful. The offering is growing constantly and there are more and more wine routes available in the Algarve, an indication of the region’s extensive variety. Renowned prize-winning wines are the result of the hard work done by these high-quality producers, who have excellent tools at their disposal here.
The Algarve’s wines are proof that this is a multifaceted destination which goes far beyond the traditional “Sun and Sea” market. The wine-growing culture in the Algarve is splendid and is coming to the fore as one of the best ways to explore the region’s diversity, history and culture. Come and discover them! And taste them too!