In our most recent series of newsletters, we’ve been using the latest sales figures to show which wines have fared best through the most difficult period, making them the safest bet for the Summer and beyond.

After ChampagneProseccoRosé, Malbec and Grüner Veltliner, this week, we’re talking Vinho Verde. 

A recent report in Harpers Magazine explains that last year, Portuguese wine sales in the UK hit €90.34m overall, which was a huge 16.2% increase from sales in 2019. From there, the UK saw a further 9.41% in value and 11.47% in volume for the first three months of 2021. 

Much like the consistently well-performing Grüner, Vinho Verde is another wine that’s never missing from the savvy wine buyer’s list.

A delicate wine with a strong base of food enthusiast and holiday-making nostalgists alike. Unlike the Grüner however, the typical Vinho Verde offers a more restrained, elegant and saline expression, making it a very fine choice for a variety of light dishes, particularly fish, of course. What could be better as we begin to soak up the last hot Summer nights’ staycations and outdoor dinners.

We used to keep a few options in our cellars, until we realised there was one that stood head over shoulders above the rest. Here’s the last Vinho Verde you’ll ever need to read about again.

Every year we blind taste a range of single varietal Vinho Verdes from this producer, and every time we pick this one, the Vento’z Vinho Verde, made from the Loureiro grape. Lots of fresh lemon with notes of white flowers. This vibrant wine has good acidity and an elegant long finish.

Lastly, its stunning price point makes it a great option for a house, or by-the-glass wine too.


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