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Wine Fest to bring over 250 wines to Algarve

Tickets are already up for sale

The Oenophile Wine Fest will take place in the Algarve for the first time on March 2 at the congress centre of Hotel D. Pedro in Vilamoura, organisers have announced.

The event has already been held 20 times in cities such as Lisbon and Porto, always bringing together winemakers from all over the country. 

A total of 35 winemakers are expected at the Vilamoura event, which is being organised with the support of the Algarve Wine Commission (CVA) and will be open to “anyone who enjoys wine”. An impressive selection of 250 wines will be available for visitors to taste.

The winemakers attending the event will be “mostly small and medium-sized” producers who may not be so well-known amongst the general public. Among them will be 10 winemakers from the Algarve, a region which has been chosen to host the festival at an “ideal moment.”

Luis Grandíssimo, the event’s organiser, spoke to Lusa news agency about how the Algarve has an increasing number of quality winemakers and has become a “very attractive market” for both national and international wine consumers.

Not only is the region’s “notoriety as a wine producer” improving, but the region’s own hotels and restaurants are also “increasingly betting” on locally-made wines.

“Therefore, it makes perfect sense to the Algarve an event like this one, which brings together different and quality producers to showcase their wines, their portfolio, and what they have to offer, not only to consumers but also to hospitality and restaurant professionals who are in the region and who also seek different products,” he said.

The event’s inaugural edition in the Algarve has also been highlighted by CVA president Sara Silva, who told Lusa of the importance of local producers participating in an initiative that is “already well-established” on a national level.

Said Silva, the Algarve’s participating winemakers will showcase the “excellent quality of their products,” providing a “significant display of what the region’s wines are like”.

The CVA boss also stressed how the winemaking sector is growing in the region, with 56 producers, 40% of which are foreigners, making certified wines and achieving a total volume of about 1.6 million litres in 2023.

“It’s a very interesting number that showcases the dynamism and the evolution of this region,” she said, adding that 70 to 80% of wine produced in the Algarve is sold in the national market through trade, hotels, and restaurants, where efforts have been made to have more and more regional wines available.

Asked about the impact of drought and water consumption restrictions imposed on Algarve agriculture, Sara Silva guaranteed that the CVA continues its efforts to increase efficiency in irrigation and water use, even though winemaking is not as water-dependant as other sectors of production in the region.

Tickets for the Oenophile Wine Fest (Enóphilo Wine Fest) cost €15 if purchased in advanced online or €20 on the day of the event.

By Michael Bruxo

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