Since 1751, the Ferreira name has always been synonymous with high-quality Portuguese wine. The brand's history is inseparable with the history of the evolution of the Douro Region (demarcated in 1756) and its Porto and table wines (Douro DOC). The Ferreira family patriarch Manuel Ferreira - who already owned vineyards that subsequently became a part of the Douro Specified Region - started his business in the mid-eighteenth century. However, the company's foundations started with the commercial activities of his grandsons, José Bernardo, and António Bernardo in the early nineteenth century, which 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. Twice widowed, Dona Antónia did not merely manage an inheritance. She took over the business at 33, strengthening and expanding it thanks to her entrepreneurial spirit and charisma. Nowadays she is still remembered in Portugal for her sound business ethics and as an example of good practice. Her intelligence and kindness earned her the warm admiration of her contemporaries, who affectionately nicknamed her "Ferreirinha" (little Ferreira).
After she died, the business became a limited company. Maintaining its core values - rooted in quality with its unique collection of estates in the Douro, the company has always supported the best œnological methods to produce excellent wines under one strong brand. These values have carried Ferreira into the 21st century and were instrumental in creating wines such as the legendary Barca Velha in the 1950s. Acquiring Ferreira in 1987 allowed Sogrape Vinhos to assume leadership of the Portuguese Porto wine market immediately. Also, this acquisition enhanced its portfolio with some of the most prestigious Douro table wine brands and enriched its assets with a collection of the essential properties of the Douro Specified Region, such as the Leda, Porto and Caedo estates.
"the Portuguese brand"
Sogrape Vinhos was then able to preserve and enhance Ferreira's material, historical and cultural heritage: the bond between production and trade, the understanding of tradition to modernize, the emphasis on quality as the mainstay of the brand's prestige. Today, more than 250 years later, Ferreira is "the Portuguese brand," the benchmark in excellent quality Porto and Douro wines, the symbol of a country and culture it proudly honors.
Established in an old convent, Ferreira, Vila Nova de Gaia, is one of the most memorable cellars in Porto. The wine cellars are over 300 years old, a symbol of the highest quality that encapsulates Portugal's heart and soul.