Lagoa and Silves have put forward bids to be named Portugal’s ‘Wine City of 2016’.
The accolade is awarded every year by the Association of Portuguese Wine Municipalities (AMPV) and hopes are that next year’s wine capital will be in the Algarve.
In a statement, Lagoa council said its wine sector has grown in terms of “quality and quantity” in the last decade, with many wines produced locally winning international awards.
2015 was even named the ‘year of wine’ in Lagoa.
Silves too has spoken of its hopes, saying the municipality boasts “the largest number of wine producers in the Algarve” and thus the bid is “extremely important”.