Cazas Novas, Vinho Verde

A three man team - Cazas Novas is located at the family estate of Carlos Coutinho.  He works in partnership with winemaker Diogo Fonseca Lopes, and Vasco Magalhães who heads up the commercial department.

Located at Santa Marinha do Zezere, in the Baião sub district of the Vinho Verde, these vineyards are the 'last outpost' before entering the red wine producing region of the Douro's Baixo Corgo.  Inland, and warmer than most of the rest of the Vinho Verde, the style of wine is much broader, riper and  mouthfilling, while still maintaining that Vinho Verde character of minerality combined with fresh acidity.  Alcohol is typically 12%

This is not Alvarinho territory, but Avesso, beautifully floral and aromatic, together with the fresh, fruity Loureiro & steely Arinto.  Together they make a less austere, more commercially attractive style of wine, yet one that maintains good structure and poise.

Picture - the Douro valley shrouded in winter mist

 

Cazas Novas , Vinho Verde
60% Avesso, 35% Loureiro & 5% Arinto 

Cazas Novas Avesso, single varietal.  Lovely aromas of lily, peach and quince. Mouthfilling.  A 'must try'

Close by, Carlos's father runs the excellent Quinta de Guimaraes, a tourism destination hotel / country house par excellence, and a great base for discovering this beautiful region of Portugal

The Casa de Guimarães is a manor house built in 1720 with all characteristics of the Portuguese baroque style. It forms part of a 40 hectare estate, including 6 hectares of forest and 25 of vineyards.  The accommodation is in the main house rooms or in an apartment."

Cazas Novas is the name of a twin manor house, 3 kms away from Casa de Guimarães, which is the main house of the Cunha Coutinho family.