The region most impacted by those who came before, such as the Arabs, Phoenicians, and Romans is the Algarve. Known as the ocean playground of Portugal, the Algarve is home to some very exciting wines and historic winemaking areas. Located in the south of mainland Portugal, it is separated from the Alentejo plain by the Serra de Monchique mountain range that runs from the Spanish border to the Atlantic coast.
It is hot in the Algarve, and the wines are drink-now fruit-forward gems with balanced acidity and salty mineral ocean influence. There are four appellations; Lagos, Portimão, Lagoa, and Tavira. With more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, the Algarve is a region with a huge amount of potential for growth. Commonly used white grapes in this area are Arinto, Malvasia Fina, Mantéudo, and Síria. The most planted reds are Castelão, Negra Mole, Alfrocheiro, and Bastardo.