Nowadays, the term "Old Vines" can be found on many different types of wine labels. The concept of old vines varies from region to region, being different in Alentejo, Douro, or Azores, for example. A wine that comes from old vines in the Alentejo may relate to ones that have been planted between 30 and 50 years ago and, in the Douro, it may mean vines that are 100 or 200 years old.
Old vines are vines that were planted a long time ago in a particular region and are usually very well suited to the region. Old vine planting is more common in a mixed variety vineyard.
In the past, it was considered an added value to plant several grape varieties in the same plot for a number of reasons, for example: