The red wines of the Algarve tend to be full bodied with a rich fruity flavour, low acidity and high in alcohol content. Produced primarily for tourist and local consumption, very little of the wine is exported.
Within the Algarve there are four recognised wine growing regions:
The Lagoa region of the Algarve includes the municipalities of Albufeira and Lagoa. The warm mild climate and soft sandy soil produces an easy to drink wine with a rich distinct flavour, ruby red in colour with a high alcohol content. The white wine tends to be soft and full bodied.
The Lagos region of the Algarve includes the municipalities of Aljezur, Lagos and Sagres. The smooth and fruity red wine has a low acidity level whilst the white wine, lemon-straw in colour tends to be full-bodied.
The Tavira region of the Algarve includes the municipalities of Castro Marim, Faro, Olhão, São Brás de Alportel, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António. The area produces a soft, pale-coloured red wine with a fruity aroma. The smooth white wine, almost straw in colour is full-bodied.