Updated: Jun 9, 2021
Did you know that the Portuguese drink 62 litres of wine per capita every year (2019). This make Portugal No 1 in drinking most wine per capita in the world followed by France and Italy.
Are you interested in learning more about the background of the delicious wines from the Algarve. Here you can learn how your wine is being produced, from vineyard to bottle. Portuguese wines have earned its quality status and some of them have won awards. Traditionally, the most famous wines in Portugal come from the Douro region in the north of Portugal. However, the Algarve has started to revive its wine sector. This is some vineyards near by we can recommend.
Quinta da Tôr is a wine estate of 47 hectares that is located in the little town of Tôr, near Loulé. The vineyard grows 7 grape varieties and produces 100.000 bottles yearly. Quinta da Tôr is famous for producing rare wines that have 17% alcohol content. A guided tour including a wine tasting is organised from Monday to Saturday. No booking is required if you are less than 10 people and visit between 10:30 and 14:30. The wine estate is highly recommended and guests especially love the fact that you have the option of doing the wine tasting at the infinity pool.
Cabrita wine comes from the picturesque Quinta da Vinha, which is owned by the Cabrita family in Silves municipality. Cabrita currently has 8 different wines and and close to 14 hectares of vineyards. It presents in its portfolio four white wines, one rosé and 3 red, all with very different and unique characteristics. A total of about 70,000 bottles of Cabritavin are produced annually. Guided tours are being organized after reservation in advance.
Quinta dos Vales is a wine estate located in the heart of Western Algarve, in the town of Estômbar. Literally, Quinta dos Vales means Farm of the Valleys. The winery encompasses 44 hectares and produces 100.000 litres of wine a year. Its red, white and rosé wines have received numerous awards both nationally and internationally. The winery also organizes daily wine tours and tastings. Next to the vineyard, the estate also has a wonderful garden of statues.
Quinta do Francês is a Family Estate, with 9 hectares of vineyard, nested in the hills of Silves, on the Odelouca River Valley, in the southeast region of Portugal. The young vineyard is owned by a French winemaker who went to production for the first time in 2008. At Quinta do Francês, the grapes are all hand-picked and sorted by hand. A guided tour lasts about 30 minutes and also includes the tasting of 3 wines. Moreover, you can choose to taste their Odelouca label (the budget range) or taste their premium label, Quinta do Francês.
Adega do Cantor is situated in Guia, close to Albufeira. Literally, it means winery of the singer. The winery received this name when musician Cliff Richard bought the estate. The highly rated winery offers wonderful views of the surrounding vineyards and coastline. Adega do Cantor brings together the grapes from three farms: Moinho, Miradouro and Vale do Sobreiro. Vida Nova and the Onda Nova are the award-winning wines that are being produced here. The cellar has a capacity of 150 barrels. Guided tours are being organized daily. It is recommended to make a reservation in advance.