The prestigious Santos Lima family has long been associated with the eastern Algarve, but it wasn’t until 2013 that they made the decision to follow the Phoenicians and Romans before them and buy land and to plant extensive vineyards in the Tavira region.
Today, Casa Santos Lima, with its multitude of vineyards in almost all of the country’s DOC (Lisboa, Alentejo, Minho, Douro and Algarve), is the largest producer in the Algarve, having today conquered 40 percent of total production.
The Algarve Wine Society was fortunate enough to get to taste some of these local wines (as well as others from elsewhere) over dinner in the charming surroundings of Benamor Golf Course, rightly so, in Tavira. Duarte O’Neill, National Sales Manager, represented Casa Santos Lima, having traveled from Lisbon.
Members and guests gathered on the pretty terrace to enjoy a glass of Espumante Bruto de Portugal, a delicious fresh and fruity sparkling wine, before heading inside for dinner.
The preparation for the night was exceptional, the tables were pretty and spacious, and the copious glasses sparkled. Benamor’s Food and Beverage Director Ricardo Gonçalves excelled.
LAB (so named due to Snr. Santos Limas ‘admiration for the Labrador dog) Rose’ accompanied an interesting Salmon Ceviche, then the local Sauvignon Blanc Al Ria complemented a delicious sea bass fillet. Following another Algarve wine, Al Ria Reserva Red was served with an excellent Filet Steak before a Douro wine, Quinta de Porrais with a selection of cheeses.
Dessert was replaced with a glass of Lisboa “Late Harvest” from Casa Santos Lima before coffee was served.
A beautiful evening of old friends seeing old friends again in a charming setting.
The next meeting of the Algarve Wine Society will be a lunch at the Eva Hotel in Faro on November 17th to taste the wines of Herdade do Sobroso which will be presented by family member and oenologist, Filipe Teixeiro Pinto.