Cazas novas is a 25-hectare vineyard established in its present form in 2004 by Carlos Coutinho, whose family have owned the property for seven generations. He is now in partnership with Diogo Fonseca Lopes, who has worked closely with renowned winemaker Anselmo Mendes, and Vasco Magalhães.
In a setting overlooking the Douro river at the most inland extremity of the vinho verde region, the property is part of the 40 hectares that makes up the Quinta de Guimarães estate. Until 2015 winemaking has been carried out at Anselmo Mendes' winery, though there are plans to move it back to the estate so that they have closer control over the process.
The wines made here are vinho verde, but with a richness and weight that comes from the warmer climate of a site this far inland, and they aim to make a version that does not display the characteristic spritz that many vinho verde drinkers will be familiar with.
That is not to say that Cazas Novas wines eschew other characteristic traits of vinho verde like the freshness. The decomposed granite soils of the estate and the choice of grapes used ensure the typical brightness and vivacity of true vinho verde is retained. Avesso, loureiro and alvarinho are grown here, with avesso being the dominant variety because of the extra aromatic dimension and extra texture it brings to the wines.