The Algarve Wine Society

Gourmet evening 2018 at Restaurante Florian with wines from Quinta das Marias

Tuesday 24th April 2018

Algarve Wine Society´s fourth Gourmet Dinner at Restaurante Florian

The Dão Winery, Quinta das Marias, presented no less than seven of its prestigious wines to the Algarve Wine Society at this year´s annual Gourmet Dinner at Restaurante Florian.   The winery is owned by Peter and Elizabeth Eckert a Swiss couple who bought the near derelict property back in 1991.  There was no hesitation in naming the property “Quinta das Marias” when Elizabeth and the three Eckert daughters all have “Maria” as part of their name.

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A visit to Quinta do Quetzal

Tuesday 27th March 2018

International was truly the flavour of the day as the AWS headed north to Vidiguiera on Wednesday 21 March.  Members originating from France, Belgium, Germany, the UK, Ireland, Norway and the Netherlands took part in this day trip to Quinta do Quetzal for a tour followed by a tasting lunch

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Christmas lunch with Lima Mayer wines

Monday 18th December 2017

A special pairing for the AWSOn Tuesday 5 December at Alambique Restaurant in Vale de Lobo, the Algarve Wine Society held its last event of 2017, a lunch with wine from Lima Mayer in the upper Alentejo.  This combination proved to be a match made in heaven

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Algarve Wine Society visit to Toro Oct 8th to 12th 2017

Saturday 21st October 2017

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

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Press Release Trip to Ribafreixo

Thursday 23rd March 2017

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

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Press release AGM 2017

Friday 24th February 2017

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

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2017 Program Dates

Friday 25th November 2016

Please click here for the 2017 program dates

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Dão trip press report

Saturday 19th November 2016

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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Annual General Meeting and Gala Dinner Dance

Saturday 27th February 2016

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.

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Press Release for the tasting at Casa Curiosa September 16th 2015

Tuesday 22nd September 2015

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.

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The Algarve Wine Society visits the Alentejo

Monday 25th May 2015

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.

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Report on the tasting and gourmet evening Apr 15th

Friday 17th April 2015

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.

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Report on the Tasting at the Catering College 24th Mar 2015

Monday 6th April 2015

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.

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The Algarve Wine Society visits Sicily

Thursday 20th November 2014

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.

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Trip to Ronda

Monday 9th June 2014

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.

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Gourmet Evening at Florian

Thursday 1st May 2014

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.

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The Algarve Wine Society visits rural Algarve

Tuesday 1st April 2014

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.

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AGM and GALA Dinner Dance

Tuesday 1st April 2014

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.

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Tasting and Dinner at Leiken 15th January 2014

Thursday 30th January 2014

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.

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Christmas Dinner & Dance press release

Thursday 19th December 2013

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.

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