This guide provides you with all the information that you need to know about the wine-producing region of the Algarve, which is divided between Lagos, Portimão, Lagoa, Albufeira and Tavira. The traditional grape varieties are used to produce wines with a pleasantly fruity taste and low levels of acidity, afforded a high alcohol content by the sun of the region’s typically Mediterranean climate.
There is a wide variety of different wines, but as an accompaniment to the delicious Algarve cuisine, we particularly recommend the Vida Nova wine from Albufeira, Balsa from the Tavira region, Alvor Vinho Regional Algarve, or Tapada da Torre, from Portimão.
Monchique is the region that produces medronho, the very particular brandy made in copper stills from arbutus berries, using age-old distilling methods. The liqueurs are also the result of ancient recipes, including the highly-regarded aguardente (brandy), to which different aromatic herbs have been added, such as penny royal, mint, fennel or aniseed, or such diverse fruits as oranges, strawberries or almonds.
The Guide to the wines of the Algarve is available at the Algarve Tourist Information Offices or can be downloaded from the Algarve Tourism website (Turismo do Algarve).
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