A new wine route has been unveiled for tourists seeking the “perfect pairing” when visiting the Algarve.
Algarve Wine Tourism has been created to bring together the wine industry, gastronomy and associated experiences while also showcasing the region’s diverse natural surroundings.
Featured on an updated bilingual website (in both Portuguese and English), the route currently covers 20 wine producers and recommended activities divided into three categories: gastronomy, leisure and heritage.
According to the Algarve Wine Commission, the objective is to make it easier for visitors to find experiences that best suit their tastes and preferences.
Announcing details of the new project and website, the commission invited tourists to “embark on a journey where the history of wine intersects with the history of the region, where the diversity of vineyards and landscape extends from the mountains to the coast, and where gastronomy offers a wealth of flavors that will delight even the most demanding palates.
“Enjoy the best that the region has to offer by combining the gastronomic, leisure and heritage experiences offered by the route with the wines of the Algarve. The perfect pairing for your next visit to the Algarve is the wine of the region. Join us on this discovery.”
The Algarve produces 1.5 million bottles of wine a year, with production extending over 1,400 hectares of vineyards throughout the region.
In the past, most visits to vineyards and bodegas have been by appointment only, but now participating producers offer tours and activities at specific scheduled times – although it is best to double-check beforehand as some experiences can still only be arranged with a reservation. Visits are available throughout the year, including during the low season.
Activities include guided vineyard tours and traditional wine tastings, as well as more adventurous activities such as safaris and boat trips…
Make your own Wine at Quinta dos Vales
Wine Tasting with the Winemaker at Quinta dos Santos
Lunch or Dinner in the Vineyards of Morgado do Quintão
Boat Trip along the Arade River with Arvad Wine Tasting
Visit to the Winery and Museum of ÚNICA-Algarve Cooperative Winery
Guided Visit and Wine Tasting with Sommelier at Monte da Casteleja
Wine Tasting on the Cliff with Falésia Wine
Wine and Olive Oil Tasting at Quinta dos Sentidos
Wine Tasting and Visit at Paxá Wines
Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting at Quinta dos Capinhas
Wine Lunch at Quinta do Canhoto
The Historic Vineyards of Quinta da Penina: Wine Tour and Tasting
Late Afternoon at Quinta da Tôr Pool and Wine Tasting
Wine Lunch with Regional Food at Monte de Salicos
Jeep Safari through the Vineyards of Quinta da Malaca
Visit to the Vineyards and Winery of Quinta João Clara with Wine Tasting