Casa Ferreirinha

Casa_Ferreirinha.jpegHaving in its hand an icon as the Barca Velha, one of the greatest names of Portugal and one of the rare wines from Douro, with a rich and enduring history, that has begun in the late 1952, is a major trump. Despite, as of today, only 17 editions have been released in face of the extremely high quality standards required from whom approves each harvest. There are many stories told around Barca Velha. Beginning on the transport of ice cubes to cool down the wood vats at the cellar at Douro Superior. Ice cubes wrapped in straw, transported on the back of donkeys in an age where electricity had not done all the way to Douro and where roads were extremely bad or non-existent.  Upon 60 years on the release of the first Barca Velha, in 1952, only 17 limited editions where bottled, contributing in this way to the myth and the scarcity, which allied to the unparalleled quality of the wines, justifies the high prices and the greed with which collectors across the world dispute Barca Velha. But Ferreirinha counts still with another myth, the Reserva Especial Ferreirinha, which is only released in years where the quality does not reach the standards of a Barca Velha, but that surprisingly counts with less editions than its greater brother. Owned by Sogrape, the biggest Portuguese producer, Ferreirinha is simultaneously the house with greatest historical weight in Douro and one of the most dynamic and thorough ones. Counting with a broad portfolio that goes from the mythic Barca Velha till the most recent Papa Figos is a privilege at the reach of just a few.