For more than 250 years, Ferreira has been synonymous with high-quality Portuguese wine, and known around the world as “the Portuguese brand.” Ferreira was founded in 1751, and under the direction of Dona Antónia Adelaide became the reference point for exceptional ports and Douro wines. Today, Ferreira continues to be a global market leader, and the symbol of a country and a culture.
Region: Douro, Portugal
Year Founded: 1751
Proprietors: Sogrape Vinhos
Winemaker: Luís Sottomayor
Size of property: 875 hectares (2162 acres)
Amount of Property Planted: 520 hectares (1285 acres)
Terroir: The vineyards of Ferreira can be found throughout the Douro region, which is divided into three sub-regions: the Lower Corgo with an Atlantic climate (an average rainfall of 900mm, or 35 inches, and an average temperature of 18°C or 64°F); the Upper Corgo with a Mediterranean climate (650mm rainfall, or 26 inches; and 20°C or 68°F average temperature); and the Douro Superior with a Continental hot and dry climate (350mm, or 14 inches, rainfall, and 22°C or 72°F average temperature). The nature of the schist soil found in the steep hills along the Douro River is critical for the character of all Port wines.
Annual Production: Approx. three million liters
Varieties Cultivated: Red: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta amarela, Tinta Barroca and other traditional varieties of the region White: Malvasia Fina, Códega, Viosinho, Gouveio, Rabigato and other traditional varieties of the region.