Tasting Notes

Casal de Ventozela ~ Arinto 2019 ~ Vinho Verde, Portugal

The Vigneview Verdict

This Casal de Ventozela Arinto 2019 single varietal wine from Portugal’s Vinho Verde DOC region really sang to me…honestly! Aromas of lemon and lime along with white blossom notes drew me in. The powerful acidity on the palate was so uplifting and such a refreshing European white wine! One of my friends described it as slightly effervescent and maybe this can be attributed to the fine lees contact while maturing. Flavours of peaches, lemons, limes and zesty, steely complexities continued on quite a lengthy finish, like a tune you just can’t get out of your head! I’m glad it sang its heart out because I won’t be forgetting this wine.

Casal de Ventozela Arinto 2019

Also known as ‘Pederna’, Arinto is one of the most highly regarded native grape varieties found within the Vinho Verde DOC region. The region itself means ‘Green Wines’ and is located just south of the River Minho which acts as the natural border between Rías Baixas DO in Spain’s Galicia region and Northern Portugal. The climate in Vinho Verde is also influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, but the summers are warmer and dryer than in Rías Baixas. This particular wine has similar aromas and flavours to Albariño, yet is higher in acidity and lighter in body. Arinto is a great variety to grow in warmer climates because it retains higher levels of natural acidity. It is often used to add refreshing complexities to blends.

Food Pairing

I highly recommend pairing this Casal de Ventozela Arinto 2019 wine with fresh prawns or a goat’s cheese.

Cheers! x

Producer: Casal de Ventozela

Country: Portugal

Region: Vinho Verde

Vintage: 2019

Grapes: Arinto

Closure: Screw cap

Style: still

Colour: Pale straw

Sweetness: off-dry

Price: £7.99 (Majestic)

Acidity: High

Alcohol: 12%

Body: Light


Floral: Subtle lime blossom notes

Citrus fruit: Lemon, Lime

Orchard fruit: Green apple

Other: steely minerality

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