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Posted by portugalpress on October 11, 2017
Wine writers Michael Shaefer (USA), Freddie Grimwood (Canada) and Neil Fairlamb (UK) with Michael Stock (second from left) from Quinta dos Vales, Estômbar.
Some of the Algarve wines offered for tasting at the Vinipax wine show in Beja
Some of the Algarve wines offered for tasting at the Vinipax wine show in Beja

A group of foreign wine writers visited the Algarve last week to try some of the best wines the region has to offer.

The visit, guided by the Algarve’s wine commission (CVA), took place between October 4 and 6 and included stops at Quinta da Tôr (Loulé), Quinta do Francês (Silves), Convento do Paraíso (Silves) and Quinta dos Vales (Lagoa).

Neil Fairlamb from the UK (Circle of Wine Writers), Michael Shaefer from the USA (Society of Wine Educators) and Freddie Grimwood from Canada (Vins & Vignobles) were the lucky trio who, according to the CVA, were “very surprised by the recovery of the region’s winemaking sector and the overall quality of its wines”.

The trip came to an end with an extended wine tasting event at the Veneza restaurant/winery in Paderne.

The three writers were part of a larger group from the International Federation of Wine and Spirits Journalists and Writers, who came to Portugal to learn more about the country’s wines.

Wines promoted in Beja
The Algarve’s wines were also on display at the Vinipax wine show in Beja from October 5 to 8.

Morgado do Quintão (Silves), one of the Algarve’s newest wineries, presented two of its latest creations, Clarete and Palhete, at the event.

CVA president Carlos Gracias said that taking part in Vinipax “is part of the Algarve wines’ marketing strategy, especially in a fair that is so close to the region and which has a tradition of hosting important regional, national and international producers”.

Meanwhile, Algarve wines will be promoted once again this month at the Mercado de Vinhos do Campo Pequeno in Lisbon between October 20 and 22.

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