Ferreira Dona Antonia 20 Year Old Tawny Port
Since 1751, the Ferreira name has been synonymous with high-quality Portuguese wine. The brand’s history is intertwined with the history of the evolution of the Douro Region (demarcated in 1756) and its port and table wines (Douro DOC). The Ferreira family patriarch—who already owned vineyards that subsequently became a part of the Douro Specified Region—started his business in the mid 18th century. However, the company’s foundations stem from the actions of his grandsons, José Bernardo and António Bernardo in the early 19th century, when they added considerably to the land they had inherited. The marriage between their offspring, cousins António Bernardo II and Antónia Adelaide, would, in the next generation, consolidate a unique heritage and indelibly mark Ferreira’s future—Dona Antonia in particular.
Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, better known by the affectionate name of Ferreirinha, was born in 1811 and widowed while still young. Thanks to the rare combination of vision, courage, independence of spirit and entrepreneurship, she developed the family business impressively, becoming the owner of the largest agricultural heritage of the Douro and owner of one of the largest fortunes in the country. After her death her heirs established in 1898 ‘Casa Ferreirinha’ , whose purpose was to produce, age and market the wines from the grapes of the different farms of the family, today the denoted Ferreirinha, the pioneer and leading brand of non-fortified wines in the Douro.
Today Francisco, Luísa and Jaime are linked to the management of the company, each in their own role, and share the same passion for wine. From one harvest to the next they respect tradition and keep an open mind to innovation. The whole Olazabal family brings their enthusiasm and contributes to perpetuate Dona Antónia’s project of making Quinta do Vale Meão a model Quinta in its own time. Maintaining its core values—rooted in quality with its unique collection of estates in the Douro—Ferreira has always supported the best œnological methods to produce excellent wines.
Though it has been more than 250 years since Ferreira’s birth, it is still known as the face of Portuguese wine, as it produces authentic and stylish Port wines with utmost grace and elegance.
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