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Posted by portugalpress on October 30, 2017
Joaquim Lopes, winemaker, Paxá Wines
Aníbal Neto, winemaker, Marchalégua
Leonor Frazão, oenologist, Convento do Paraíso
Luís Cabrita, winemaker, Cabrita Wines
Campo Pequeno Wine Fair
The rosés and whites of the Algarve were much sought-after

The Algarve was again one of the stars of the Campo Pequeno wine fair, held last weekend (October 20-22) in Lisbon.

The selection of regional wines on offer appears to have “impressed visitors” and given them a new opinion about the wine being produced in the Algarve.

Eight Algarve winemakers took part: Quinta do Francês; Convento do Paraíso; Monte do Além; Quinta da Malaca; Morgado do Quintão; Marchalégua/Borges da Silva; Paxá Wines and Cabrita Wines.

According to the Algarve wine commission (CVA), they all promoted their wines in the same area instead of separate stalls which was considered very “positive” as it helped reinforce the “overall image of the region” and was also more cost-effective.

Leonor Frazão from Convento do Paraíso says the event was perfect for promoting wines from smaller producers in a larger market, a sentiment echoed by José Cabrita from Cabrita Wines who hopes the fair will help his company gain more visibility in Lisbon.

Joaquim Lopes from Paxá Wines agrees that the fair is not about selling wines, but spreading the word about them.

As the event’s technical advisor Teresa Gomes said, most of those who tried Algarve wines seemed very pleased.

“(The Algarve wines) were a pleasant surprise to everyone who tasted them,” she said.

Given the great feedback from both visitors and producers, CVA says it expects to take part in the event again next year.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com

Photos by: Vico Ughetto // CVA

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