Founded in 1952, this is the most historic producer of table wine in the Douro where a revolution in red, dry table wines is currently taking place. Legendary Porto matriarch Dona Antónia Ferreira, affectionately nicknamed 'Ferreirinha' by her countrymen, is honoured by the estate which was the first house in the region dedicated to making dry, table wines. It has 520 hectares of vineyard in the Douro in all of its three sub-regions, but for this wine the sourcing is all from the high altitude Cima Corgo region. The mountain terraces are all schist and planted to a range of grapes – Touriga Franca (40%), Touriga Nacional (25%), Tinta Roriz (25%) and Tinta Barroca (10%).
We love this wines' fabulous depth and complexity, with masses of crushed raspberry fruit, boysenberries and tones of fresh cracked black pepper, lavender and other wild herbs. The palate is plush and rich, but the high-altitude freshness confers great acidity to the wine. This is utterly delicious and would cut through any kind of richly favoured meat dish, or indeed a vegetarian dhal. Most famously this estate is known for the production of Barca Velha - widely considered to be the best of what the Douro has to offer, and often compared to Australia’s Penfolds Grange in terms of its stature and importance to its home country.
Origin: Douro / Portugal
Grapes: Touriga Franca / Touriga Nacional / Tinta Roriz / Tinta Barroca