Wine awards

Algarve wine makers Quinta dos Vales are celebrating an award winning week with three of the wines produced on the estate between Estômbar and Lagoa picking up international awards.

A gold medal was awarded for the 2008 Branco at the International Wine Challenge in London, while Marques dos Vales 2007 Red First Lot received a bronze medal at the International Wine and Spirit Competition and the Marques dos Vales Red 2007 Second Lot picked up the gold medal at the wine festival of Brussels.

All the competitions were blind tastings and came as a surprise for Quinta dos Vales owner Karl Heinz Stock as the wines have only been on the market for two years.

He told the Algarve Resident: “The results have shown that the Algarve is back on the wine map.”