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The Algarve - Must Visit Wineries

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Join me on a road trip in discovery of the exceptional local Wine Estates within the Algarve Portugal. If you enjoy the Art of Wine tasting, as most of us do, take your time to discover and enjoy the many Portuguese Vineyards on your next visit to Portugal.

The Algarve has a long history of winemaking, during the mid-twentieth century production declined but the past 10 years has seen a boost in production with several new wineries being born.

Whether you decide to join a tour group, hire a transporter or assign a designated driver (good luck with that) your experience will be one to treasure. The wine estates are easily accessible, with the aid of signposts and the N125, which runs the length of the Algarve.

We begin our flavour tour in Vilamoura (Central Algarve) and head West towards Lagoa along the N125 to the town of Estombar. Here you will find the superb Quinta dos Vales Wine Estate offering a mix of winery tours, a fusion of art, nature and most importantly wine tasting facilities. Next we head in-land towards Silves and Monchique where you will discover the Quinta do Frances Estate in the scenic and picturesque Odelouca River Valley for another delicious series of tastings. Couple this wine tasting with a walk around the Traditional Algarvian style wine tasting cellar and Portuguese Vineyards. The best way to compliment the delicious fresh flavours of these wines is with a pit stop in the old capital of the Algarve, Silves at the famous Rui Marisqueira. This traditional Portuguese restaurant has been in business for 34 years and is still owned by Mr Rui himself who serves the most incredible fresh fish and seafood at local prices.

After a traditional lunch end off a fabulous day with a beautiful sunset over the Portuguese vineyards, another glass of delicious wine and a taste of the region you are guaranteed to fall in love with. Take your pick from three alternate estates on the N125; Quinta Joao Clara Wine Estate, Quinta da Tor or a must Adega do Cantor, “Winery of the Singer”, owned by the famous Sir Cliff Richard. 

The best way to get to know a country is through its food, wine and heritage. Welcome to the Algarve, welcome to Portugal.

 

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