Founded in 1751, Casa Ferreirinha is known for still wines from the Douro Valley in Portugal. Dona Antonia Adelaide was born in the city of Peso da Regua in 1811 and belonged to the 4th generation of this distinguished Port producing family. Over her lifetime, she invested much of her considerable fortune in planting and improving the estate. Following her death in 1896, the business became a limited company and began a new phase building on the legacy of its Douro estates. Casa Ferreirinha was acquired by Sogrape Vinhos in 1987.
Ferreirinha owns four properties in the Upper Corgo subregion of the Douro ‒ Quinta do Seixo, Quinta da Leda, Quinta de Porto and Quinta do Caedo near Pinhao. All benefit from a Mediterranean climate, with its long growing season of moderate to warm temperatures. The estate fruit is hand-picked and gently crushed, followed by fermentation and maceration on the skins with pumping-over. The flagship of the estate is Barca Velha, considered by many to be the ne plus ultra example of its type.
Winemaker Luis Sottomayor studied in Australia and France and holds a post-graduate degree in Oenology from Escola Superior de Biotecnologia do Porto, Portugal.
Region: Douro, Portugal
Year Founded: 1751
Proprietors: Sogrape Vinhos
Winemaker: Luís Sottomayor
Size of property: 875 hectares (2162 acres)
Amount of Property Planted: 520 hectares (1285 acres)
Terroir: The vineyards of Ferreira can be found throughout the Douro region, which is divided into three sub-regions:the Lower Corgo with anAtlantic climate (an average rainfall of 900 mm,or 35 inches, and an average temperature of 18º C (or 64ºF); the Upper Corgo with a Mediterranean climate (650 mm rainfall, or 26 inches; and 20º C or 68ºF average temperature); and the Douro Superior with a Continental hot and dry climate (350 mm, or 14 inches, rainfall, and 22º C or 72ºF average temperature). The nature of the schist soil found in the steep hills along the Douro River is critical for the character of all Port wines.
Annual Production: 300,000 cases/3,600,000 bottles all products
Varieties Cultivated: Red: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta amarela, Tinta Barroca and other traditional varieties of the region White: Malvasia Fina, Códega, Viosinho, Gouveio, Rabigato and other traditional varieties of the region.
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