Casa Ferreirinha was founded in 1952and pioneered the quality revolution the still wines of the Douro. They were the first producer in the region dedicated entirely to producing unfortified wine, rather than Port. Named after the legendary Porto matriarch Dona Antónia Ferreira, Casa Ferreirinha, pays homage to the memory of this visionary woman. Purchased by the major Portuguese wine and drinks group Sogrape in 1987, Casa Ferreirinha has 520 hectares of vineyard in all of the three Douro sub-regions: Baixo Corgo, Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. Quinta da Leda their flagship estate, located close to the border with Spain in the far east of the Douro Superior, is the source of grapes for many of the top wines. The great Luís Sottomayor has been head winemaker since 1989 and restrains the Douros natural exuberance to produce wines that have a vibrant freshness allied to a wonderful texture and depth.
The care with which Luís selects the fruit for each wine is especially evident in the quality of the white wines. Most whites from the Douro display the hallmarks of heat, yet the Planalto, from higher altitude vineyards, is deliciously fresh and vibrant. The unoaked Papa Figos white, a blend of Rabigato, Viosinho, Arinto, Códega, Gouveio and Moscatel, is also wonderfully crisp and aromatic. Quinta do Sairrão, one of the coolest vineyard sites in the Cima Corgo located at 600 metres above sea level, is the source of grapes for the Vinha Grande white and rosé. The white is partially fermented in, and aged for eight months in, new French oak barrels, it is a complex and textured wine with a buttery richness from the oak. The Vinha Grande rosé, made from 100% Touriga Nacional, boasts bright aromas of red berries, coupled with hints of violet and a lively acidity.