Sir Cliff�s
Algarve wines
When one British family teamed up with Sir Cliff Richard to make wines
in the Algarve, the combination proved to be a winning formula.
ow, more than 10
years on, the Adega
do Cantor, translat-
ed as �winery of the
singer�, is a well-es-
tablished producer in the region
and welcomes thousands of visi-
tor s each year to th e win er y near
Guia (Albufeira council).
Take a drive through the
winding roads of nearby Vale de
Parra ( Valley of the Vine Leaf )
and you will see acres of neatly
planted vines in this picturesque
part of the Algarve.
However, if you want a closer
look at a working winery, then
a call into the Adega do Cantor
winery (pictured above) will let
you experience the true agricul-
tural Algarve and the sumptuous
wines that come from the rich
soils of this region.
It was in 1997 that Sir Clif f Ri-
chard decided to plant grapes at
his Quinta do Moinho farm.
�I had just planted a ? eld of
? g trees at the farm but Austral-
ian wine maker David Baverstock
asked me whether I would prefer
a glass of wine or a dose of ? g
syrup. There was, of course, no
contest!� Sir Cliff Richard told Al-
garve Welcome Magazine.
By 200 0, Sir Cliff was able to
pick the ? rst of the grapes from
his farm and it was at this point
that he called in the help of
long-term Algarve resident Ni-
gel Birch, who later became his
business partner. Before long,
the Birch family was involved in
the Adega do Cantor.
Nigel had uprooted his avo-
cados in the neighbouring farm
to Sir Clif f and replaced these
with grapes while his son Max
changed careers and learnt all
about the wine trade from David
Baverstock, honing his skills in
wine making.
Nigel�s daughter Rebecca ex-
plained how the Adega do Can-
tor is much more than just the
famous face behind the wine
and how the ethos of the winery
encompasses the organic proc-
esses used, which help to keep
this small family run business
producing top quality wines.
�We are not a large pro-
ducer. We are a boutique win-
ery, which uses lots of personal
care to ensure the high qual-
ity of our product,� she said.
�At the Adega do Cantor, we con-
centrate on producing a small
amount of top quality wine us-
ing organic methods and all the
vines are all tended to by hand.�
With a large number of new
producers now operating in the
WORDS Daisy Sampson
2010 E D I TI ON
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