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Wine Regions

Algarve
DOC
01: Lagos
02: Portimão
03: Lagoa
04: Tavira
Description of Algarve's Region
Situated in the south of mainland Portugal, the Algarve is separated from the Alentejo plain by an almost unbroken mountain range that runs from the Spanish border to the Atlantic coast.

The Mediterranean climate is differentiated between the coast to the east of Faro, the Sotavento, which is warmer and has a strong Mediterranean influence, and the coast to the west of Faro, the Barlavento, which is cooler, wetter and more temperate.

The region's soils are heterogeneous, divided between predominantly sandy, clayey, limestone, sandstone and litholithic areas, with rare schistose zones on the mountain slopes.

Culture
Muslim Occupation

During the Muslim occupation of the Algarve, vines were cultivated in large quantities. As the Muslim religion doesn't allow the ingestion of alcohol, wine served as a currency of exchange for the acquisition of other products. After the reconquest of the Algarve, the Christians took advantage of the economic organisation left by the Muslims.

Commercial importance

The Algarve's winegrowing tradition is not limited to the cultivation and production of wine: the region played an extremely important role in the trade carried on during the Middle Ages and into the Modern Age.

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