2023 Vila Nova Vinho Verde

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2020 Vila Nova Vinho Verde


Great tasting, modern Vinho Verde from the super reliable Vila Nova estate.

Tasting Notes

Floral, citrus and gentle tropical aromas lead on to a palate that is deliciously off-dry with flavours of ripe melon and sherbet lemon acidity. The finish is refreshing with a classic spritz. 



Casa de Vila Nova is located in the sub region of Sousa, the Vinho Verde Demarcated Region, in the North of Portugal. The vinho verde vineyards are exposed to the Atlantic Ocean winds and influence. Soils, microclimate, grape varieties and the unique characteristics of the wine culture, distinguish it from all other wine regions of the world. The grapes are harvested by hand in 20 kg boxes that are quickly transported to the winery where they are destemmed and soft pressed and temperature-controlled fermentation.


Casa de Vila Nova is owned by the Lencastre family, of aristocratic Portuguese lineage (one of their ancestors became the first Baron of Varzea do Douro in the 1800s). This land has been in their family since the 12th century - the ivy clad tower that still remains from that time is now surrounded by Vila Nova (new house) that was built in the 1700s, and the property was gradually extended over the centuries.

The estate is near the town of Penafiel, close to the eastern border of Portugal's vinho verde wine region, around a 30 minute drive east from Oporto. In the late 1970s the family planted vines over 12 hectares - mainly local Portuguese varieties. In 2008 Bernardo Lencastre and his brothers took over the running of the property, revitalised the vineyards and began making vinho verde and bottling their own wines - the first generation to do so. They now have around 42 hectares of vineyard.

Here, in the Entre-Douro-e-Minho sub-region of Sousa, their vineyards are influenced by winds from the Atlantic Ocean - creating the perfect climate to ripen varieties such as Avesso, Loureiro and Alvarinho.


  • 2019 Vintage - Sommelier Wine Awards 2020 Gold
  • 2019 Vintage - Sommelier Wine Awards 2020 Trophy
  • 2016 Vintage - Simmerlier Wine Awards 2017 Silver

Alan's Personal Notes

"I can’t remember the last time I drank Vino Verde - probably sometime in the Eighties - but I don’t know why - as this is delightful! Off-dry with ripe fruits offset by a citric minerality making this an extremely enjoyable glass with great flavour and balance. Perfect for the spring/summer weather that’s about to happen- so I’ll be drinking VV a lot more over the next few months!" March 2022




    Year 2023
    Bottle Size 750ml
    Cultivar 50% Loureiro; 15% Avesso, 35% Arinto
    Country Portugal
    Alcohol content
    11% alc vol 
    Units of alcohol per bottle 8.63 units
    Type White Blend
    Allergy Information Contains sulphites
    Dietary Information Vegan & Vegetarian Approved
    Food Matching
    Great as an aperitif - or serve with salads, sushi and grilled fish
    Cellaring Potential 1-2 years
    Origin Vinho Verde
    Appellation DOC Vino Verde