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Awards for local Algarve wineries

For the second consecutive year, the Adega do Cantor winery in Guia has won awards at the best wines in the Algarve 2011 competition held at the Fatacil in Lagoa.

A panel of judges, including sommeliers from Michelin-starred restaurants in the Algarve, international wine critics and heads of national wine fraternities, judged the competition which saw the Adega do Cantor coming away with a gold medal for the 2010 Onda Nova Verdelho, the 2010 Vida Nova Rosé and the 2009 Onda Nova Alicante Bouschet while the 2009 Onda Nova Syrah won a silver medal.

The biggest award for the winery was the medal of excellence for the 2009 Onda Nova Alicante Boushet, which was the overall winner in the category for red wine from this region.

One of the partners from the winery, Nigel Birch, said: “It is fantastic. Our continuous efforts to produce the best wine this region has to offer has been recognised and we are very proud to receive these awards.”

He added: “I am particularly proud to emerge as the overall winner in the red wine category.  The fruit we produced that year was exceptional and my son Max has turned it into wine that is bursting with aromas and flavours reflecting the true character of this wine growing region.”

Meanwhile, the wines of Quinta dos Vales were also recognised during the Fatacil event with a gold award for the Marquês dos Vales Grace Viognier 2010 and silver awards for the Grace Vineyard 2008 and the Blanc de Noirs, while the Grace Viognier 2010 was rewarded with the award for the best white wine in the Algarve 2011.

Karl Heinz Stock, the owner and manager of the winery, said: “We are obviously on the right track. The Algarve has strongly reinforced its footprints on the map of serious wine making regions. Congratulations also to the other awarded producers of the Algarve, which presented wines of excellent quality.”

Fatacil fair runs until Sunday.