Experience a Taste of the Douro Valley with Casa Ferreirinha: A Story in Every Bottle.
A Douro Valley pioneer and leader, Casa Ferreirinha has carried the torch for creative, quality winemaking in the Douro becoming the region’s most historic and iconic house. Casa Ferreirinha wines range from easy-drinking Esteva and Planalto through the richer Papa Figos and Vinha Grande to the exceptional Quinta da Leda, Reserva Especial, and Barca-Velha which remains one of Portugal’s most famous, long-lived, elegant and complex wines. This exclusive kit offers a unique opportunity to taste through six wines in the Casa Ferreirinha portfolio and experience the best of the Douro Valley.
The story of Casa Ferreirinha is inextricably associated with one extraordinary woman: Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, who was born in 1811 in the town of Régua, the gateway to the wines of the Douro Valley. Though small in stature and reserved by nature, Dona Antónia was a charismatic visionary with entrepreneurial drive. In 1845 at age 33, she took over her family’s business, Ferreira Port. Founded in 1751, Ferreira Port was the first Portuguese family owned Port House in the Douro. During her tenure at Ferreira Port, Dona Antónia expanded her estates, created new areas of terraced vineyards and improved the hard lives of the local farming families by building roads, schools and a hospital.
She was affectionally called ‘Ferreirinha’ – ‘little Ferreira’. Dona Antónia’s legacy and quest for excellence continues to be a fundamental pillar of Casa Ferreirinha.
In the 1950’s, Ferreira’s technical director, Fernando Nicolau de Almeida, set out to make the highest quality unfortified wines in the Douro. His aim was to produce elegant, premium-quality wines with the aging potential and complexity of Vintage Port. In 1952, Barca-Velha was born, an iconic wine made only in exceptional vintages combining the best grapes from the Douro Superior with grapes sourced at high altitudes throughout Casa Ferreirinha’s estates in the Douro Valley. Today the house is led by Technical Director, Luís Sottomayor, who joined the winery in 1989 learning directly from Fernando Nicolau de Almeida.
Kits are only available to selected members of the trade and will begin shipping in mid-March. Use the unique discount code that was shared with you in order to redeem your complimentary kit. Please make sure that someone is available to sign for your package as an adult signature is always required. Send us an email at somm@MTWwines.com if you have any questions.