The Labrugeira Cooperative Winery was founded by renowned local Pedro Abreu. It is located in Labrugeira, part of Ventosa council, and was officially recognised in 1973, although in the following four years the actual wine production would take place in a borrowed winery.
When the new building was completed, in 1977, the machinery was set to work for the benefit of its members. The first step toeards the production of quality wine was taken in 1979 with the puchase of the first stainless steel storage tanks in the country, a farsighted investment in ground-breaking technilogy. These are still being used today for the fermentation of the must.
Faced with the fluctuation of prices of bulk wine, the cooperative would begin bottling in 1980.
Two years later it began to select grapes which was rare in those days. Since then, the varietals are paid for in accordance with the quantity and quality of the wine produced, with a preference for Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Syrah reds, and for Arinto and Fernão Pires whites.
The grapes are harvested according to a specific timetable issued each year.
In 1989 Labrugeia cooperative would become one of the first wine making companies in the council to produce wine worth for the Alenquesr DO label. This classification elevated the region's name and ushered in an era of prosperity that allowed the winery to implement a cooling system in its stainless steel tanks.
The automation of the maceration system and the accompanying technical improvements, along with the installation of underground stainless steel piping and presses are other clear signs of this winery's continued investment in development.
As of 2020, the Labrugeira Cooperative Winery is chaired by Sérgio Augosto Pinheirão, and benefits of the joined efforts 640 hectares of vines. The vinification of the varietals occurs separately and the blending takes place at the end, following testing and tastings conducted by oenologist Ricardo Noronha.