Traditionally the AGM is followed by dinner, and this year’s was accompanied by wines from the Campolargo estate in Bairrada.

Credits: Supplied Image; Author: Client; Carlos Campolargo, AWS President Nick Sykes and distributor André Rosa of Algarwine

The menu centred on a main course of seared duck breast with pumpkin terrine and a jus of port wine and tangerine, paired with Campolargo Baga Castelão 2016, a well-balanced wine exploiting the strengths of both these indigenous varietals. Owner Carlos Campolargo presented a number of his wines, including the Diga Branco 2014, aged in old oak barrels and so gaining character, colour and longevity without any obvious oakiness.

Credits: Supplied Image; Author: Client; Outgoing committee member Gaynor Stapleton (centre) with her successor Ryszard Lisinski (far right)

The evening concluded with music from Wild Guitars and some enthusiastic dancing from AWS members.

Credits: Supplied Image; Author: Client; Wild Guitars performed some golden hits from the past

The Algarve Wine Society next meets for a dinner at Limoni restaurant in Quinta do Lago on 27 April 2023.

Credits: Supplied Image; Author: Client; Carlos Campolargo enjoying a joke with Helga Hampton.

Campolargo’s website can be found at, and more information on the AWS is available at

Text and photos by Alison West