Sir Cliff Richard, veteran singer with over 260 million records sold over a 53-year career, is celebrating after winning 5 awards – but not for his musical talents. The worldwide star has received a quintet of prestigious awards at a Portuguese wine competition, judged by Michelin-starred sommeliers and wine critics from all over the world.
Sir Cliff, who owns the 24 hectare Adega do Cantor, has been heavily involved in creating his own wine in Portugal for several years and his hands-on approach (he can often be seen getting his hands dirty in the vineyards themselves) has now paid off. Joining his seemingly endless list of musical awards and accolades are his new wine awards, including Best Red for the Region (2009 Onda Nova Alicante), and two gold medals for his Onda Nova Verdelho 2010 and Vida Nova Rose 2010.
The stunning estate, sometimes nicknamed 'Cellar Of The Singer', is situated in Faro, the southernmost district of Portugal, in an area called Albufeira. The gorgeous region is home to some of the world's finest coastlines, with both lively beach resorts and sleepy villages alike.
If a wine-tasting holiday in a stunning location sounds appealing, an Algarve holiday villa from Premier Holidays could be perfect for you. Premier Holidays has a number of stunning self-catering Algarve villas, close to a number of vineyards, including Sir Cliff's, for a holiday with a real difference.
The beautiful Villa Alamo sleeps 7 people (6 adults, 1 child), is air-conditioned and has a private optional heated pool. A patio provides an idyllic setting for al fresco dining and the kitchen is modern and well-equipped for a self-catering holiday. It is located near the charming village of Guia, near Albufeira, and home to many traditional Portuguese bars and restaurants, one of which is where the famous 'piri-piri chicken' was created.
Also located in Guia is the Casa Rosinhas, a luxurious 4-bedroomed Premier Holidays villa, with a master suite occupying the entire upper floor of the property. The master suite has a private terrace with gorgeous vistas and a bathroom with a large corner bath and hydro-massage shower, making this lovely villa the perfect location for a decadent wine-tasting getaway.
As well as the Adega do Cantor estate to explore and sample, there is also the Quinta dos Vales project, a 20-minute drive away. Quinta dos Vales is a unique project, with a winemaking centre, a small animal farm and a centre for arts and events all rolled into one. If you're planning on bringing the family, there is an aquatic theme park (Zoomarine), with rides and various attractions, and there is a dolphin interaction programme for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.