Vinilourenço is a family winery that is located in the stunning heart of the Douro Superior wine region in Northeastern Portugal. The winery is based around vineyards that were originally planted by Horácio Lourenço, the father of the current winemaker Jorge Lourenço. Jorge, who assumed responsibility for the winery when he was 18 years old, has spent his life developing and growing the winery from the 25 hectares (61 acres) that were originally planted by his father to over 45 hectares (111 acres) upon which his vineyards are currently planted. These vineyards occupy the space along the banks of the river Douro and its tributaries in visually striking terraced vineyards that were first dug out from the steep granite hillsides by the Romans over 2,000 years ago, some of which still rely on the same engineering and infrastructure that those early Roman settlers built. The winery’s position in the Douro Superior subregion on the eastern edge of the appellation means that its vineyards occupy a higher elevation than many other Douro valley vineyards, ranging in elevation from 550 ft to 2200 ft above sea level. This higher elevation position combined with the unique granite and schist soil that exists in the transition between the river valley and high plateaus of this mountainous region contributes to wines with exceptional structure, balanced acidity, and concentration.