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Ferreira

The port wine house "AA Ferreira" based in postage (Suburb of Vila Nova de Gaia) in the Portuguese area Douro was founded in 1751. Under the leadership of the legendary Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira (1811-1896) it developed into one of the largest and most important producers of port wine, First she married her cousin AB Ferreira, one of the richest men Portugal, After his death, she married Francisco Torres, the manager of the Ferreira estates. After his death, she successfully took over the management of the house herself. The lodge was also bought in 1876. The company was owned by the family until 1987 and was founded that year Sogrape sold. The port wines come from the vineyards of Quinta do Seixo and Quinta do Porto. The relatively early mature vintage ports are characterized by an often light style. The best products include the Tawnys Superior, Dona Antónia and the Duque de Bragança aged in oak barrels for 20 years.

In the 1950s, the legendary Douro red wine Barca Velha was created, which is now among the best and most expensive wines Portugal counts. The name refers to sailing boats that used to bring the young port wine to the warehouses. It is mainly blended from the Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) variety with parts of Touriga Franca and other indigenous varieties. Until 1999, the grapes came from the Quinta do Vale Meão (which was then sold) and then from the Quinta da Leda. Traditionally this is done pounding the grapes and the maceration in Lagares (Stone troughs). Aged for 18 months in new French (formerly Portuguese) oak barrels. Like a vintage port, it is only produced in particularly outstanding years. This was the case in 1965, 1966, 1978, 1983, 1985, 1991 (considered to be particularly outstanding) and 1995. In less good years, it will be marketed as a second wine under "Ferreirinha Reserva Especial". An inexpensive third red wine is called "Vinha Grande".

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