Lagoa to host regional and national wine contests

Lagoa is preparing to host this year’s edition of the Algarve Wine Contest as well as Portugal’s Wine City Competition next week at the São José convent.

The Algarve Wine Contest will be held on Thursday, May 6 and will feature around 100 wines by 25 regional winemakers who will be vying for one of the competition’s coveted accolades.

Meanwhile, the Wine City Competition will be held the following day (May 7) and will feature around 35 winemakers from all over the country, including the Algarve and the Madeira and Azores archipelagos.

Both events were officially unveiled last Friday (April 23) at the convent by Lagoa Mayor Luís Encarnação, President of the Algarve Wine Commission (CVA) Sara Silva, and Secretary-General of the Portuguese Association of Wine Municipalities, José Arruda.

The jury of the Algarve Wine Contest will be awarding silver and gold medals to the best wines as well as the title of ‘Best Wine of the Algarve’ to their favourite.

But the stakes will also be high for the Wine City Competition, which not only helps single out some of the country’s top wines but also takes participating winemakers to Italy to represent the country at the European wine competition ‘Città del Vino’, which will be held in Modena between May 20 and 23.

Both competitions, which aim to encourage the production of quality wines, are closed to the public to give jury members the ‘peace and quiet’ they need to adequately rate the wines.

The Algarve Wine Contest is organised by the Algarve Wine Commission, Lagoa Municipality and the Portuguese Association of Wine Municipalities, which also organises the Wine City Contest alongside the Association of Portuguese Wine Routes.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com