The food, wine and service made for a happy atmosphere at Limoni
The food, wine and service made for a happy atmosphere at Limoni

AWS enjoys the best in wine, art and cuisine at Limoni

Limoni restaurant at Quinta do Lago will soon celebrate two years of serving quality Italian food in the Algarve. It’s a new venue for the Algarve Wine Society but was an instant hit for the superb food and friendly service.

Eighty members gathered on the evening of Thursday, April 27 to sample wines from Howard’s Folly in the Alentejo, alongside the celebrated cuisine of chef Sandro Passariello.

03 From left, (back) AWS President Nick Sykes, organiser Michael Savage, (front) Howard Bilton, Gaynor Stapleton and Tom Bilton04 Howard Bilton, Gaynor Stapleton, Tom Bilton - USAR
03 From left, (back) AWS President Nick Sykes, organiser Michael Savage, (front) Howard Bilton, Gaynor Stapleton and Tom Bilton
04 Howard Bilton, Gaynor Stapleton, Tom Bilton – USAR

Howard’s Folly is the tongue-in-cheek name given to the winery 20 years ago by Howard Bilton, successful entrepreneur from Hong Kong, when he decided to develop a winery in Estremoz, alongside prizewinning winemaker David Baverstock. The project has absorbed a lot of commitment, passion and investment but has generated great rewards in terms of a range of wines widely recognised for their quality, a stunning winery in heritage buildings and financial support for visual arts.

Howard’s Folly donates to the Sovereign Art Foundation, which assists under-privileged children using art classes as therapy, as well as sponsoring art prizes – works from the children and prizewinners adorn the wine labels.

Striking label design by young child taking part in art therapy sponsored by Howard’s Folly
Striking label design by young child taking part in art therapy sponsored by Howard’s Folly

Howard and son Tom gave an entertaining presentation as members sampled their wines alongside an outstanding menu featuring carpaccio of beef, risotto del bosco and filetto di scamone, culminating in profiteroles filled with gelato complemented by dessert wine from Carcavelos, a rare treat as this wine region near Cascais is now tiny.

The Algarve Wine Society next meets for a trip to the Tejo in early May.

The Howard’s Folly website can be found at https://www.howardsfollywine.com, and more information on the AWS is available at www.algarvewinesociety.com

By ALISON WEST