Algarve Golden Terroir, that’s the name given by four Algarve boroughs to their bid to win the title of European Wine City 2023.
Lagos, Lagoa, Silves and Albufeira have joined forces representing the whole of Algarve, from “the mountains to the sea”.
The bid has taken two years to bring to fruition and was presented at the BTL tourism fair in Lisbon earlier in March.
The title, European Wine City 2023, will be awarded by the European Network of Wine Cities (RECEVIN) on June 15.
To date, Portugal has wone three European Wine Cities: Palmela (2012), Reguengos de Monsaraz (2015) and Torres Vedras/Alenquer (2018).
Algarve is traditionally known for its tourism. With over 40 golf courses, beaches galore (click here for a guide to Algarve beaches) and exceptional gastronomy, visitors are truly spoilt for choice.
Enotourism (wine tourism) should be added to the list of reasons to visit the region.
With Algarve now producing top wines that continue to win awards, visitors can enjoy refreshing rosés, sharp green wines, light and fruity whites and full-bodied reds grown – all produced from Algarve’s sun and soil.
The idea is to develop a product that can be enjoyed year-round, mitigating the effects of seasonality thus becoming a more important and crucial part of local economy.
Read here for a few suggestions on Algarve vineyards that are offering wine tasting.
Image courtesy of João Fructosa