A small Ferreira lady founded with Ferrari speed
The story of Casa Ferreirinha is inextricably linked with an extraordinary woman. Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira was born in 1811 in the rural town of Régua, the gateway to the wine-growing regions of the Douro Valley. Although she was small in stature and reserved by nature, Dona Antónia was quite charismatic, very visionary and entrepreneurial. She created new areas of terraced vineyards, enlarged and improved the company's inventory of old wines, and also helped to improve the hard lives of local farmers and their families by establishing schools, kindergartens and hospitals. The locals loved her so much that they nicknamed her "A Ferreirinha" - "the little Ferreira lady". When she died in 1896, she left a remarkable Douro legacy and a thriving business.
Half a century later, Casa Ferreirinha took the great leap of faith and began making non-fortified wines. This had been the dream of Fernando Nicolau de Almeida, who joined the company early in his career and was promoted to technical director. His goal was to produce elegant, high quality Douro wines with the aging potential of Vintage Port. He took the best grapes from the Douro Superior, which are rich and textured, and combined them with grapes grown at high altitudes to preserve acidity and aroma. Barca-Velha was born in 1952, an iconic wine that has only been made in the very best years since then and is still revered as one of Portugal's longest-lived, elegant and complex wines.
The rise and development of Casa Ferreirinha has always been based on exemplary, creative viticulture and winemaking. Starting in 1979, the production base was expanded with the planting of a new winery in Quinta da Leda, a source of grapes that has since increased and improved the production of Casa Ferreirinha. Today, under the management of the winemaker Luís Sottomayor, the wines of Casa Ferreirinha range from the young, easily drinkable Esteva and Planalto to the richer Papa Figos, Vinha Grande and Callabriga to the extraordinary wines of Quinta da Leda, Antónia Adelaide Ferreira and Reserva Especial, with Barca-Velha still at the top of the tree.
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|Company Name:||Casa Ferreirinha|
|Street:||Rua 5 de Outubre|
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|Company Group:||Sogrape Vinhos|