Quinta do Francês is a Family Estate, with 8 hectares of vineyard, nested in the hills of Silves, on the Odelouca River Valley, in the southeast region of Portugal, the Algarve. The Algarve with its exceptional climate not only attracts tourists seeking for sunshine, but is also a great terroir for growing vines. The vines grow in a variety of soils including clay, limestone, sandstone and even some areas of schist and produce high-quality grapes. The Algarve has a long heritage as a winemaking region. Through the ages, trade of the Algarvian wines was of great importance. Unfortunately in the mid-twentieth century, wine production rapidly declined since the profits of wine could not compete with the benefits that tourism has brought to this region. However, in the 80's, the Algarve gained the status of demarcated Region for: Lagos, Portimão, Lagoa and Tavira. Since now 10 years, viticulture and wine production is renewing with tradition and several new wineries are born and produce now wonderful wines.