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Posted by portugalpress on March 05, 2018

Centuries worth of wine tradition will be celebrated in Nave do Barão this month as the small village in the borough of Loulé hosts its fourth wine festival at the ‘Os Barões’ association HQ.

The event will take place on Saturday, March 24 and feature Algarve wines, many produced locally. There will also be a handicraft fair and a homemade wine contest.

Festivities begin at midday, with the award ceremony scheduled for 7pm, and a Fado performance featuring Filipa and André Catarino at 8pm.

According to the association, Nave do Barão was once known for producing wines that were “so strong outsiders would turn yellow after just two glasses”.

But the tradition took a hit in the 19th century when a disease known as ‘Phylloxera’ attacked the area’s vines, forcing most growers to turn to other activities like producing almonds, figs and carobs.

However, several producers still exist to this day and the festival has been held in the last three years by the ‘Os Barões’ association in a bid to keep the village’s wine tradition alive.

Association “Os Barões” can be found after the entrance to Nave do Barão on the right-hand side. Coming from São Bartolomeu de Messines towards Loulé, pass the villages of Alte and Benafim before turning left before Alto Fica. Coming from Boliqueime towards Alte, turn right after Alto Fica.

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