Vila Real

Formed in 1955, this revitalised co-op is in the town of Vila Real in Portugal's Douro valley, situated in the north-east of the country.

It sources its grapes from 1100 growers across the region, using native Douro grape varieties like malvasia fina for whites and tinta roriz (tempranillo), touriga franca and touriga nacional for the reds.

The grapes for the Old Vines in Young Hands wines we buy come from gnarly old vines grown on ancient terraces. By contrast, the winemaking team is the youthful, dynamic and talented Rui Madeira and Luis Cortinhas, part of a generation of winemakers who have been revolutionising Douro wines since the beginning of the 21st century.

They use these traditional grape varieties to make fresh, balanced and easy-drinking wines, and this modern approach has clearly paid off - they've already won a plethora of awards from across the world.

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