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Ferreira

A A Ferreira S.A.

Founded 1751
Owner Sogrape
Vineyards Quinta do Porto, Quinta do Caêdo, Quinta da Leda
Vintage Port Brands Ferreira, Quinta do Porto, Quinta da Leda
Web-site www.sograpevinhos.eu

Talking about A A Ferreira is to talk about 250 years of Port Wine History. They are inseparable.

A A Ferreira, S. A is the first Port Wine company that was founded by a family of wine growers of the Douro valley. Manuel Ferreira, who was already owner of the vines around the areas that are part of the Demarcated Region of the Douro today, started his commercial activity in the beginning of the 18th century. But it was through his grandchildren's work, José Bernardo (1782 - 1853) and António Bernardo (1787 -1835), that functions were established for larger production.

The marriage between two of his descendents, the cousins António Bernardo (1812-1844) and Antónia Adelaide (1811-1896) consolidated the agricultural and commercial activities. Dona Antónia Ferreira became a widow when she was 33. Owner of an exceptional vitality and commercial talent with no comparison in the Portuguese society of her time, despite the political uproar of those times she gave the Douro viticulture a great development, creating new production facilities, very famous today – opening and building roads and trails in practically deserted areas. At the same time, she developed a notorious activity of social assistance, financing the construction of hospitals, day-care schools, in such a way that makes her memory still venerated today. Her intelligence and goodness conquered the admiration of her country fellows, who called her Ferreirinha. It is under this name that, by tradition, Ferreira wines are still ordered in Portugal.

In 1823 Quinta do Vesuvio was bought and in 1863 Quinta do Porto and Dona Antónia Ferreira possessed a lot of quintas such as Vargellas, Granja e Per-o-Couto, Nogueiras e Lodeiro, Caldas, Lourentim, Travassos e Quebrada, Casal de Soutelo. Santinho, Serro, Arnozelo, Moncorvo e Sampaio, Pego, Pousa, Coalheira, Porrais, Valado, Vila Maior, Rodo, Mera e Caucela, Vale do Meao. Her daughter Maria, married to the count of Azambuja sold Vargellas in 1899 to Taylor. Ferriera bought Quinta do Seixo as well as Quinta da Leda as late as in 1979 and Quinta do Caêdo in 1990.

1988 Sogrape bought Ferreira as well as four quintas. In 1989 they sold Quinta do Vesuvio to the Symington family.

Ferreira Vintages:1812, 1815, 1820, 1830, 1834, 1840, 1847, 1851, 1854, 1858, 1863, 1875*, 1877, 1878, 1887*, 1894*, 1896, 1897, 1900, 1902, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1912, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1924, 1927, 1931, 1934, 1935, 1937*, 1940, 1942, 1945, 1947, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979*, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2016, 2018
Ferreira Vinhas Velhas Vintages:2016
Quinta do Vesuvio Vintages:1963
Quinta do Seixo Vintages:1982, 1983
Quinta do Porto Vintages:2015, 2017
Quinta da Leda Vintages:1990, 1999

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseFerreiraVintage1908
ColourBeautiful tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCreme caramel, burned sugar, sweet liquorice, nutmeg, vanilla and candy in the noseScore range16.40 - 16.40
TasteMedium body. Balanced, very matured and even old but delicate to drink and enjoy. Creme caramel, burned sugar, nutmeg some liquorice and quite sweet in taste. Have a quite attractive and rather intensive finish but drink up. Will not at all be better.Average score
Last tasted23rd December 2019Point this date16.40
CommentTasted at home with the family
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1912
ColourTawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetElegant bouquet of toffee, fudge and old grocery shop in the nose. Quite attractive.Score range
TasteMedium body. Mature and still on top. Attractive and still knit together. Delicious and balanced. Complex flavour with quite lots of fudge. Long and lovely finish.Average score
Last tasted19th April 2012Point this date17.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1920
ColourTawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetBurned sugar, fudge and pharmacy in the nose.Score range
TasteMedium body. Mature and maybe a little old but quite knit together, balanced and attractive. Burned sugar in flavour. Delicious finish.Average score
Last tasted19th April 2012Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1927
ColourMature almost tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetBurned sugar, fudge, some tobacco and coffee notes.Score range17.00 - 17.00
TasteMedium body. Mature and complex very sweet with burned sugar and crème caramel in flavour. Delicious elegant finish.Average score
Last tasted26th September 2020Point this date17.00
CommentAt Henrik Lilja's Ferreira tasting in Hørsholm, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1934
ColourBeautiful yellow, mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetWonderful bouquet of crème caramel, sugar, candy, fudge, toffee and much more in the nose.Score range16.75 - 16.75
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Crème caramel, toffee and fudge in taste. Complex and balanced port with a lovely very long and imposing finish. What a port!Average score
Last tasted20th March 2014Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1945
ColourMedium garnet, surprisingly dark but with a mature yellow rim.Number of tastings2
BouquetToffee, crème caramel and chocolate in the nose.Score range17.00 - 18.25
TasteQuite full-bodied. Mature and peaking. Lovely complex with toffee and even some red sweet berries. The finish is long and very attractive. Lovely port!Average score17.63
Last tasted26th September 2020Point this date18.25
CommentAt Henrik Lilja's Ferreira tasting in Hørsholm, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1958
ColourMature garnet with a yellow rim.Number of tastings4
BouquetMint, toffee, butterscotch and much more in the nose.Score range14.50 - 17.25
TasteMature and at its peak. Quite full-bodied. Toffee in flavour. Delicious and balanced with a long lovely and attractive finish. Will not be better but is indeed wonderful with a never-ending finish.Average score15.94
Last tasted26th September 2020Point this date17.25
CommentAt Henrik Lilja's Ferreira tasting in Hørsholm, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1960
ColourMature garnet almost tawny in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetBurned sugar, crème caramel and orange zest in bouquet.Score range16.50 - 17.00
TasteMedium body. Mature and at its peak. Elegant and complex. Lovely finish, a bit dry feeling. Very good indeed.Average score16.75
Last tasted26th September 2020Point this date17.00
CommentAt Henrik Lilja's Ferreira tasting in Hørsholm, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1963
ColourMedium garnet and almost tawny in rim.Number of tastings4
BouquetRoasted coffee, crème caramel and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range16.75 - 18.25
TasteFull-bodied impressive port. Tobacco and some coffee in flavour. Complex and on top now. Lovely finish!Average score17.25
Last tasted26th September 2020Point this date18.25
CommentAt Henrik Lilja's Ferreira tasting in Hørsholm, Denmark.
1 bottle has been defect.

In 2005 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreira
Quinta do Vesuvio
Vintage1963
ColourMature yellow quite nice colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetComplex mint, toffee, burned candy and crème caramel in the nose.Score range16.50 - 17.50
TasteMature and at its peak. Quite full-bodied. Toffee in flavour. Elegant and balanced. Complex, long and quite attractive finish.Average score16.97
Last tasted23rd November 2013Point this date16.90
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2005 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1966
ColourMedium ruby with pale garnet rim.Number of tastings2
BouquetChocolate, orange zest, roasted coffee in the nose.Score range15.50 - 17.50
TasteQuite full-bodied. Toffee and fudge with some orange zest in flavour. Balanced and complex with a very impressive and long finish. Wonderful!Average score16.50
Last tasted26th September 2020Point this date17.50
CommentAt Henrik Lilja's Ferreira tasting in Hørsholm, Denmark.

In 2006 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1970
ColourMedium ruby with yellow mature rim.Number of tastings5
BouquetToffee, fudge, cardamom, cinnamon and roasted coffee in the nose. Very generous.Score range16.00 - 17.40
TasteVery sweet and full- bodied. Mature and on top. Herbs and cinnamon in flavour. Complex port with a long and balanced finish. This is lovely to drink now!!Average score16.83
Last tasted26th September 2020Point this date17.25
CommentAt Henrik Lilja's Ferreira tasting in Hørsholm, Denmark.

In 2008 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1975
ColourMedium garnet with mature yellow rim.Number of tastings5
BouquetLovely nose of cinnamon, gingerbread, roasted coffee and tea in the nose.Score range16.25 - 17.90
TasteSweet. Medium bodied. Mature and peaking. Elegant with a perfect balance and complex lovely finish. Excellent for 1975 vintage.Average score16.79
Last tasted26th September 2020Point this date16.25
CommentAt Henrik Lilja's Ferreira tasting in Hørsholm, Denmark.

In 2006 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1977
ColourPale garnet with mature yellow and amber rim.Number of tastings7
BouquetMint, butterscotch, roses and orange zest in the nose.Score range15.50 - 16.90
TasteMedium-bodied. Elegant. Herbs and butterscotch in a flavour. Mature and peaking. Balanced but rather sweet port. Normally this performs better than this last bottle.Average score16.11
Last tasted26th September 2020Point this date15.25
CommentAt Henrik Lilja's Ferreira tasting in Hørsholm, Denmark.

In 2010 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1978
ColourMedium garnet in colour with mature yellow rim.Number of tastings4
BouquetStill dark berries and rich with mulberry, violets and liquorice in the nose.Score range15.00 - 17.25
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and on top. Violet and liquorice in flavour. Balanced and excellent with a long, lovely finish. Excellent port!Average score16.25
Last tasted26th September 2020Point this date17.25
CommentAt Henrik Lilja's Ferreira tasting in Hørsholm, Denmark.

In 2012 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1980
ColourMedium garnet with pale mature rim.Number of tastings4
BouquetBurned sugar, pharmacy and mature with even some ether in the nose.Score range15.00 - 16.25
TasteMedium body. Very mature. Elegant and balanced but quite thin and sweet. Burned sugar in flavour and a rather short but quite ok finish.Average score15.50
Last tasted26th September 2020Point this date15.50
CommentAt Henrik Lilja's Ferreira tasting in Hørsholm, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1982
ColourStill very dark but with a beautiful mature yellow rim.Number of tastings7
BouquetToffee, fudge, cacao, dark chocolate, dark plums, ginger, herbs and much more in the generous bouquet. Lovely nose!Score range16.00 - 16.90
TasteFull-bodied. Quite mature but still with some soft and elegant tannin. Will be better and more developed. Cacao, fudge, liquorice and much more in taste which is lovely indeed! Complex and balanced with a wonderful, long, attractive and delicious finish. Very good for the Vintage!Average score16.49
Last tasted26th September 2020Point this date16.90
CommentAt Henrik Lilja's Ferreira tasting in Hørsholm, Denmark.

In 2014 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreira
Quinta do Sexio
Vintage1983
ColourMedium dark ruby with mature rim in colour.Number of tastings16
BouquetWonderful bouquet of coffee, tea, cacao, ginger, zest of orange and old grocery shop.Score range16.00 - 16.50
TasteMedium bodied. Mature and at its peak. Astonishing dry. Cacao and ginger in flavour. The finish is quite complex, attractive and very long. Elegant port.Average score16.28
Last tasted26th September 2020Point this date16.00
CommentAt Henrik Lilja's Ferreira tasting in Hørsholm, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1985
ColourMedium dark ruby in colour but yellow mature rim.Number of tastings6
BouquetMenthol, toffee, some chocolate and burned sugar in bouquet.Score range15.50 - 16.50
TasteMedium body. Some sweetness. Elegant and easy to like and drink. Mature and at its peak. Burned sugar, dark chocolate and some herbs in flavour. Quite attractive and intensive finish.Average score15.88
Last tasted26th September 2020Point this date15.75
CommentAt Henrik Lilja's Ferreira tasting in Hørsholm, Denmark.

In 2020 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1987
ColourMedium ruby, with mature yellow rim.Number of tastings3
BouquetComplex nose of raspberry, fudge, crème caramel and chocolate.Score range15.75 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Mature and elegant and on top. Complex port with fudge and crème caramel in flavour and a lovely, long and interesting finish.Average score15.92
Last tasted26th September 2020Point this date16.00
CommentAt Henrik Lilja's Ferreira tasting in Hørsholm, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1991
ColourDark ruby with a bit maturity in the rim.Number of tastings2
BouquetDark chocolate, cacao, coffee and some dark cherries in the nose.Score range15.25 - 15.25
TasteMedium body. Sweet with chocolate and some coffee. Peaking and will not be much better.Average score15.25
Last tasted26th September 2020Point this date15.25
CommentAt Henrik Lilja's Ferreira tasting in Hørsholm, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1994
ColourStill dark ruby with a paler red slightly yellow rim.Number of tastings4
BouquetFruity, dark cherry, cacao, old grocery shop in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.00
TasteFull-bodied. Some dark berries and elegant sweetness with chocolate. Still some soft tannins. Complex with a lovely and quite long finish.Average score16.00
Last tasted23rd November 2019Point this date16.00
CommentAt Peter Andersen's Vintage 1994 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1 bottle has been defect.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1997
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetStill very berry and juicy in the nose.Score range
TasteFull-bodied. Lots of tannin and fruit with a long promising finish. Immature but seem to have a long life.Average score
Last tasted27th April 2001Point this date15.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% trip in Duoro.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1999
ColourStill dark but yellow mature rim in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetAttractive nose of cinnamon, toffee, a hint of dark berries, French plums and dried herbs.Score range15.00 - 16.25
TasteMedium body. Mature but still with some very soft and elegant tannins and will probably be better. However quite dry but very tasty with dried herbs, dragoon, some toffee in taste. Quite attractive and rather long finish.Average score15.63
Last tasted6th September 2020Point this date16.25
CommentTasted at home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage2000
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetJust fruit and juice in the nose.
TasteMassive tannins. Full bodied and aggressive. Very long finish. This is a very impressive port!!
Last tasted3rd November 2003Rating this dateVery impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage2003
ColourVery black in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCacao, dark chocolate, dark berries, fruit and sweet liquorice in the nose.Score range16.50 - 16.50
TasteAlmost full-bodied. Lots of tannins but balanced and very elegant. Very tasty with lots of dark berries and fruit but also cacao, dark chocolate and some liquorice. A lovely, long, complex and tannic finish.Average score
Last tasted5th July 2020Point this date16.50
CommentTasted at home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage2011
ColourVery dark almost black in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetJuicy with cherry and dark berry in the nose. Mulberry and very immature.Score range16.40 - 17.25
TasteMedium bodied. Lots of tannins and aggressive. Wonderful intensive port with dark berries and lots of fruity tones. Very long and attractive finish. Will be very interesting to follow!Average score16.83
Last tasted22nd April 2016Point this date17.25
CommentAt the Big Fortified Tasting in London.
TastersSAI, JB, SS

Old Colheita/Tawny tasting notes:

HouseFerreiraTawny
ColourBeautiful tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetQuite nice bouquet of candy, cream candy and toffeeBottled3 October 1937
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Balanced and quite elegant port with taste of sweet-meats. Nice old acidity and lovely finish.Score range
Last tasted11th November 2017Point this date15.00
CommentAt home with the family.
This port was bottled by Ludvig Björn in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraGarrafeira1851
ColourLovely tawny in colour with an olive green edge.Number of tastings1
BouquetGenerous colheita bouquet of burned candy, toffee and roasted almond and much more.Bottled
TasteLovely body. Mature and maybe just a little old. Toffee and much more in the taste. Balanced and elegant with a long, complex and attractive finish. What an old port!Score range17.00 - 17.00
Last tasted4th February 2006Point this date17.00
CommentIn our private wine Club.
TastersSAI

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