The event, which has the support of the Algarve Wine Commission (CVA), will take place in Vilamoura (Loulé), and is aimed “at people who like wine, consumers and professionals alike”, offering a tasting of 250 wines.

This event has held 20 editions, in cities such as Lisbon, Porto or Braga, and has always sought to have “producers from all regions of the country” for “Portugal to be represented to the maximum extent” in terms of the different national wine-growing areas.

The producers are mainly “of small and medium dimensions”, “outside the commercial circuit”, and will present the wines that stand out for their quality and can be tasted upon payment of an entry fee of €15, when purchased in advance, and €20, when acquired on the date.

The person in charge considers the Algarve “ideal” to host an event like this because the region has more and better producers, constituting “a very attractive market” which has “not only national consumers but also many international consumers”.

In addition to the “growing notoriety of the region itself as a producer” of wine, there is also “a greater maturity” in consumption, with hotels and restaurants that are “increasingly investing in quality wines”.

“Therefore, it makes perfect sense to take to the Algarve an event that brings together different and quality producers to showcase their wines and portfolio, not only for consumers but also for hotels and restaurants in the region, who are looking for novelty products”, concluded the president of CVA, Sara Silva.

The Algarve will have “noteworthy” participation, with 10 “small and medium-sized” producers, who will promote the “quality of their products”, bringing to the event “a significant display of the wines in the region”.

In accordance with the president of CVA, the sector is growing, with 56 producers, of which 40 percent are foreign, who make certified wines and in 2023, reaching a volume of around €1.6 million liters.

“This value illustrates the dynamism and evolution of this region”, she said, adding that between 70 and 80 percent of production is sold on the national market, through commerce, hotels, and restaurants.

When questioned about the impact of drought and the restrictions on water consumption imposed on Algarve agriculture, Sara Silva assured the CVA will continue its efforts to increase efficiency in irrigation and water use, despite the fact that vineyards are not an irrigated crop and require fewer contributions.