M, a 2021 white wine produced by Algarve winery Adega do Cantor, was the only Algarve wine to win a medal at the ninth edition of Crédito Agrícola Wine Contest.
The award ceremony was held at the Cold Greenhouse (Estufa Fria) in Lisbon on January 13 and was attended by Bernardo Gouvêa, president of the Institute of Vine and Wine (IVV); João Mateus, president of the Institute of Financing for Agriculture and Fisheries (IFAP); and Licínio Pina, president of Group Crédito Agrícola.
The contest saw 218 wines – including red, white and sparkling wines – from 94 national winemakers from all over the country being blind tasted by a jury of oenologists, wine connoisseurs and journalists on November 4.
A total of three Grand Gold Medals and 64 Gold medals were awarded, with the Alentejo standing out as the wine region with the most medals (17), followed by the regions of Douro and Dão (12 each), Tejo (nine), Península de Setúbal (six), Lisbon (four), Vinhos Verdes (three), and Beira Interior, Bairrada, Azores and Algarve (one each).
The Crédito Agrícola Wine Contest (Concurso de Vinhos do Crédito Agrícola, in Portuguese) aims to “promote and test the quality of national wines, seeking to generate new business opportunities and dynamise the communities where it develops its work in direct contact with locals.”
Adega do Cantor is a winery based in Guia, Albufeira, which was previously owned by British star singer Sir Cliff Richard before being sold to businessman Joaquim Pires in 2022.
The full list of awarded wines can be found online.