Members of the Algarve Wine Society recently visited the medieval town of Toro – near Zamora in Spain - to taste the wines from that region. Much of the structure of the old town dates from the time of Christopher Columbus who made purchases of Toro wine from the old cellars that are 3 stories beneath street level
Three times full: AWS visits RibafreixoOn Wednesday 22 March, a full coach of 50 AWS members headed north to Vidigueira and the Ribafreixo estate, which has been producing wine for the last decade. In 2012 founders Mário Pinheiro and Nuno Bicó opened their new winery building, a strikingly modern landmark visible from the IP2 just south of Vidigueira
THE ALGARVE WINE SOCIETY’SANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND GALA DINNER DANCE The Algarve Wine Society held its annual black tie Gala Dinner and Dance at Vila Vita Parc last Friday night, and members attended the Annual General Meeting which was convened by the Assembleia Geral’s President, Michael Savage. Anne Green, President of the Direcção, paid tribute to the existing Committee Members and welcomed Jane Chesworth to the Management Committee
Members of the Algarve Wine Society recently visited the Dão region which lies in the heart of at the heart of the Beira Alta region of Portugal. This part of the country is home to some of Portugal’s most distinctive and distinguished red wines, and rapidly improving whites.
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The Algarve Wine Society held its annual Gala Dinner and Dance at Vila Vita Parc last Wednesday night, and a great time was had by all. Very smartly turned out members enjoyed pre-dinner drinks before attending the Annual General Meeting which was convened by the Assembleia Geral’s President, Michael Savage.
On September 16th the Algarve Wine Society held a wine tasting and dinner at Casa Curiosa which is a well stocked furniture shop on the N125 near Almancil and might seem to be an unusual venue for a wine tasting. However the main showroom was transformed for our tasting into a splendid dining room complete with chandeliers and looked very much the part.
On May 20th. 50 members of the Algarve Wine Society visited the wonderful Herdade da Mingorra outside Beja in the Baixo Alentejo. This was the third occasion on which the Society has visited this Winery which is a magnificent 1,400 hectare property with 10 percent devoted to its mainstay business - vines and wine production.
The Algarve Wine Society’s annual gourmet dinner took place on April 15th at the restaurant Sao Gabriel. Situated on the road between Quinta do Lago & Vale do Lobo Where chef Leonel Pereira has just been awarded a Michelin star for his wonderful cooking.
On 24th March fifty eight members of the Algarve Wine Society along with fourteen guests gathered at the Escola de Hotelaria e Turismo do Algarve (EHTA) in Faro for a tasting of wines from the Sociedade Agricola de Pias followed by an Alentejan lunch.
A group of AWS members enjoyed an unusual and exciting wine tasting trip to Sicily in October. Travelling independently sixteen members of the Society met in Catania for a week of visits and wine tasting in the southeastern area of the island. The trip was devised and led by Cipriano De Libero (www.italianwinetours.com) and participants travelled by minibus to facilitate visits to out-of-the-way wineries situated at the end of tracks rather than roads.
Last week I was lucky enough to join a group of twenty six enthusiasts from the Algarve Wine Society on a trip the wonderful new wine producing area that is Ronda, high in the mountains in the province of Malaga, Andalusia.
The Algarve Wine Society’s annual gourmet dinner took place on April 16th 2014 at the Florian Restaurant where Piet Warink, chef, and Karin Mirande, front of house, have been a major part of the Algarve dining scene for more than ten years. Chef Piet had prepared a fabulous menu specially matched to the wines of the evening presented by Reto Frank Jorg from Quinta do Quetzal.
A group of Algarve Wine Society (AWS) members and guests enjoyed a day out in the rural Algarve countryside on Tuesday March 25th. 60 members and their guests met at Restaurant Ribalta, a traditional Algarvian restaurant just north of Algoz. The group was there to taste Algarvian wines from Quinta do Barranco Longo which is in the nearby village of Barranco Longo. It was a beautiful sunny spring day and so the party was able to gather in the garden of the restaurant where we were served a light, fresh, well chilled rosé by our host, Rui Virginia. Rui Virginia, owner and creator of the Barranco Longo Winery, told us that this unoaked rosé wine had been bottled only a few days earlier, so recently that, in fact, the bottles had not yet been labelled.
The Annual General Meeting was convened by the Assembleia Geral’s Vice President, Larry Hampton.
Anne Green, President of the Direcção, in her written report summarized the eleven events which took place during a very successful 2013, including several wine tastings, the traditional Gala black tie dinner dance following the AGM, a summer party, a Christmas dinner/dance and a gourmet dinner and trips to the Costa Alentejana and the Douro in Portugal.
For the start of the New Year we tried a new style of tasting at the Leiken pop-up kitchen situated on the EN125 near Quatro Estradas, Almancil. Fine Dining in Style has gained a considerable reputation for providing gourmet catering in the Golden Triangle.
On Tuesday 10th December 75 members & guests of the Algarve Wine Society celebrated the Society’s last event of the year with a Christmas dinner & dance at the Penina Hotel near Alvor.
After a delightful drinks reception in the main Salon of the hotel the group moved into the ‘Sagres Room’ for the main event of the evening which was a superb dinner with specially paired wines that the Penina’s executive chef Bernard Lussiano had devised.
Over 50 Algarve Wine Society members and their guests attended a fabulous wine tasting and dinner at Quinta dos Poetas on the 13th November. Quinta dos Poetas is a small country hotel located near Pechão (between Estoi and Olhão) that caters for weddings, business and society occasions and has a small golf course within its grounds.
Two wine makers presented their wines at this occasion. They were nephew and uncle, Luis and José Moto Capitão, and those few members who were lucky enough to go on the tour of the Costa Alentejana in May this year would remember them well. Luis and Isabel Moto Capitão presented wines from their family vineyard Herdade do Cebolal, a large estate, with 23 hectares of vines, near Santiago de Caçem and close to the sea.
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Our last event of the year is the Christmas dinner/dance on December 10th.
Places are still available, see the calendar for more details.
Fifty-seven wine society members and their guests recently enjoyed a special tasting of wines from Herdade do Maroteira at the Escola de Hotelaria e Turismo de Faro. Herdade da Maroteira is among a group of estates owned by an Anglo-Portuguese family in the Alentejo region of Portugal for over five generations.
One highlight followed another during the Algarve Wine Society's recent trip to the Douro Valley. The tour was devised and led by Professional Wine Educator, Stephen Rosser. The week started with the nineteen participants travelling along the Douro valley to the luxurious Wine Hotel, Quinta do Vallado in Regua. After a tour of the winery, the party enjoyed a delicious al fresco dinner hosted by family member, Francisco Ferreira.
Close on fifty members and friends of the Algarve Wine Society marked the opening of their autumn program with a trip up to Herdade dos Grous near Beja last week. Organised by the Society´s President, Anne Green, the day's outing gave participants the rare opportunity to witness the harvesting and first fermentation of both red and white grapes collected from the 536 hectare estate and its 73 hectares of vines. Set in the spectacular Alentejo countryside, the Estate is dedicated to environmentally responsible wine tourism.