Founded in 1751, Casa Ferreira is known for outstanding ports and Douro wines. Dona Antonia Adelaide was born in the northern 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. Today, Casa Ferreira is no longer owned by the family as it was acquired by Sogrape Vinhos in 1987.
Ferreira 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 their 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.