The Algarve region (Figure No. 18) is well known as an international tourist destination, particularly during the bathing season. The high demand in the region by tourists of various nationalities is an added value in the export of its fine wines and a great opportunity to promote its Wine Tourism.
This region has also a long history in wine-growing tradition with the cultivation of vineyards dating back to the Arab occupation and the wine to take the role of commercial exchange.The region of Algarve is situated on the southern tip of Portugal mainland and its climate is influenced by the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean in its entire coast. Its southern location and mountainous barriers to the north protect it from cold winds and provide markedly Mediterranean climate of hot, dry and slightly windy summers, where the temperature ranges are reduced and about 3,000 hours of annual sunshine.