Vida Nova Wine

Another year, another medal or two to add to the Vida Nova trophy cabinet. Vida Nova started the year well, winning a Gold medal at the Berlin Wine Trophy for Vida Nova Tinto 2010. This wine will be released this Autumn and is tasting fantastic. 

During the Summer months Vida Nova won Silver medals in its regional competition, V Concurso de Vinhos do Algarve, Fatacil 2012  for both Vida Nova Branco and Vida Nova Rose 2011. These are Vida Nova's current releases. 

Finally Vida Nova has won a Silver medal at Mundus Vini 2012, again for Vida Nova Rose 2012. 

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The Great International Wine Award of MUNDUSvini Internationale Weinakademie, Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germany, is the largest worldwide competition under the patronage of the Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin ( OIV) and the International Oenologists´ Association (UIOE).

More than 270 international jury members tested thousands of wines from 49 submitting countries and the results were announced this week . The knowledge that they do distinguish the best of the many wines submitted for evaluation makes the medals so coveted.

ADEGA DO CANTOR is thrilled to announce winning the MUNDUSvini Gold Medal for their VIDA NOVA ROSÉ 2009.   Max Birch said, 'It is a dream come true!   We never thought that a small producer from the Algarve could go out and gain such fantastic recognition, competing with world-class wine-growing countries.   A Gold Medal for our Rosé, which only last month won the Best Overall Wine of the Algarve at the Melhor Concurso do Vinho do Algarve, Fatacil, reassures us that we are on the right track in terms of producing the best wine this region has to offer and incentives us to aim higher with every vintage!'

3rd Challenge for the Best Wine of the Algarve

Adega do Cantor has emerged as the grand winner of three of the most coveted awards during the "III Concurso o melhor Vinho do Algarve 2010 (3rd Challenge for the Best Wine of the Algarve) hosted at Fataçil, Lagoa on August 24th 2010.

Judged by a panel of highly-acclaimed critics, including sommeliers from Michelin-starred restaurants in the Algarve, as well as heads of national wine fraternities, Adega do Cantor is proud to announce winning the following medals:

  • Gold Medal for Vida Nova Branco (White Wine) 2009
  • Gold Medal for Vida Nova Reserva (Red Wine) 2008
  • Overall Winner of this Regional Wine Challenge for Vida Nova Rosé 2009 


Vida Nova "Congratulations" Sparkling wine has been created to celebrate Adega do Cantor's 10 year anniversary. This is a sparkling Rose made using the methode Champenoise, and is made from 100% syrah grapes picked in 2010. Vida Nova Sparkling Rose is a limited edition of 6000 bottles and is available in the UK through


Vida Nova Espumante is made in the time-honoured traditional method from 100% Syrah grapes.   After a secondary fermentation in bottle, the wine is matured for a further nine months on its yeast lees, prior to disgorging and final release.   Made to enjoy on any occasion, this wine celebrates Sir Cliff Richard's half-century in music, and opens a new chapter in the story of a winery that he helped to create.


At present we produce two different ranges of wine.   Vida Nova is the original and is always a blend of different grape varieties.   It consists of red, white and rose wines, as well as a reserve red in the better years.   Onda Nova is a new range of single-variety wines, the first of which is a Syrah red, with more red and white wines to follow in the years ahead.   We also produce limited runs of one-off wines such as the Vida Nova sparkling wine made to celebrate Sir Cliff's 50 years in show-business.  

All the wines reflect the warmth, colour and diversity of the Algarve, and are designed to partner its fantastic cuisine.


The new Congratulations sparkling white wine has been created specially to celebrate Cliff's 75th Birthday. Available from Wells Wines, who also stock a range of other Vida Nova wine.

Full details at

Translation of Portuguese wine review (see pictures)

Portugal has experienced a large growth in these types of wines lately. As a wine-drinking country which has always downgraded the classic Mateus Rosé (which is a reasonable wine), we now have a variety of different rosés for a wide range of tastes and pockets.

I found rosé wines of mediocre quality, ordinary, good, very good and even exceptional. So, needless to say, it was not an easy task to decide which to be the best wine and the best value.

But from the three candidates - Valle Pradinhos, Quinta da Sequeira and Vida Nova - I chose the last of these, classing it as the BEST ROSÉ, for its colour, structure and vigour.

Verdelho & Viognier 2006
The Verdelho is the dominant part of this marriage - 75 per cent. The result is perfect - a sublime, delicate, elegant, rich in aroma, fresh and dry wine. A delight to taste.

Rosé 2006
Last year I considered Vida Nova the best rosé and the best buy. This year I continue to classify it as the best rosé. The blend is 90 per cent Aragonez and 10 per cent Syrah.

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