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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:1815, 1820, 1830, 1834, 1840, 1847, 1851, 1854, 1858, 1863, 1868, 1877, 1887, 1894, 1896, 1897, 1900, 1904, 1908, 1911, 1912, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1924, 1927, 1931, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1942, 1945, 1947, 1950, 1953, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2016
Quinta do Vesuvio Vintages:1963
Quinta do Seixo Vintages:1983
Quinta do Porto Vintages:2015
Quinta da Leda Vintages:1990, 1999

Vintage Port tasting notes:

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
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
HouseFerreiraVintage1958
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetMint, toffee, fudge and much more in the nose.Score range14.50 - 17.00
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 score15.50
Last tasted19th April 2012Point this date17.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1960
ColourMature almost tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetBurned sugar and crème caramel bouquet.Score range
TasteMedium body. Mature and at its peak. Elegant and complex. Lovely finish. Very good indeed.Average score
Last tasted23rd December 2004Point this date16.50
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1963
ColourMature and almost tawny in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetEther, hospital and pharmacy in the nose.Score range16.75 - 16.75
TasteMedium body. Plum and tobacco in flavour. Complex and mature. Lovely finish.Average score16.75
Last tasted14th April 2006Point this date16.75
CommentAt home with the family.
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
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetChocolate and plum aromas with some ether. Maybe a bit old in the nose.Score range15.50 - 15.50
TasteMedium body. Very mature. A bit alcoholic but quite okay in balanced and a nice finish.Average score
Last tasted21st September 2006Point this date15.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.

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
ColourDark with yellow mature colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetToffee, fudge, crème caramel, vanilla bouquet and much more in the nose. Very generous.Score range16.00 - 17.50
TasteVery sweet and full- bodied. Mature and on top. Herbs and cinnamon in flavour. Elegant and complex port with a long and balanced finish. This is lovely to drink!!Average score16.73
Last tasted19th April 2012Point this date17.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.

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
ColourDark with mature yellow rim.Number of tastings4
BouquetLovely nose of cinnamon and ginger bread.Score range16.50 - 17.90
TasteSweet. Medium bodied. Mature and peaking. Elegant with a perfect balance and complex lovely finish. Excellent for 1975 vintage.Average score16.85
Last tasted16th March 2006Point this date16.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.

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
ColourBeautiful mature yellow and amber in colour.Number of tastings6
BouquetMint, cinnamon, liquorice, butterscotch, roses and much more in the nose.Score range15.50 - 16.90
TasteQuite full-bodied. Elegant. Herbs and butterscotch in flavour. Mature and peaking but has a long time left. Balanced and complex port with a wonderful and quite long finish. Very delicious port indeed.Average score16.26
Last tasted27th October 2016Point this date16.90
CommentIn a wine friend’s home.

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
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetRich mulberry, cherry and violet in the nose.Score range15.00 - 17.00
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and on top. Violet in flavour. Balanced and excellent with a long, lovely finish. Excellent port!Average score15.92
Last tasted15th November 2012Point this date17.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.

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
ColourTawny in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetBurned sugar, pharmacy and ether in the nose.Score range15.00 - 16.25
TasteMedium body. Very mature. Elegant and balanced but quite thin. Burned sugar in flavour and maybe a rather short but quite nice finish.Average score15.50
Last tasted19th April 2012Point this date15.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1982
ColourStill very dark but with a beautiful mature yellow colour.Number of tastings6
BouquetToffee, fudge, cacao, dark chocolate, black cherry, ginger, herbs and much more in the generous bouquet. Lovely nose!Score range16.00 - 17.25
TasteFull-bodied. Quite mature but still with some soft and elegant tannin. Will be better and more developed. Cacao, fudge, ginger and much more in taste which is lovely indeed! Complex and balanced with a wonderful, long, attractive and delicious finish. What a port!!! Winner of it all!Average score16.42
Last tasted20th November 2014Point this date17.25
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

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
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings14
BouquetWonderful bouquet of coffee, tea, cacao and old grocery shop.Score range15.50 - 16.50
TasteFull-bodied. Mature and at its peak. Astonishing dry. Crème caramel in flavour. The finish is quite complex, attractive and very long. Elegant port.Average score16.26
Last tasted19th April 2012Point this date16.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1985
ColourRather dark but with a yellow rim in colour.Number of tastings4
BouquetMenthol, toffee and burned sugar in bouquet.Score range15.50 - 15.75
TasteMedium body. Some sweetness. Elegant and easy to like and drink. Mature and at its peak. Burned sugar in flavour. Quite attractive finish.Average score15.63
Last tasted19th April 2012Point this date15.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1987
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetComplex nose of fudge, crème caramel and burned sugar.Score range15.75 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Mature and elegant and on top. Complex port with menthol in flavour and a lovely, long and interesting finish.Average score15.88
Last tasted19th April 2012Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseFerreiraVintage1991
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetJuicy and berry in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Sweet. Tannic and fruity. Immature. Maybe a little short finish but will be better.
Last tasted20th September 1993Rating this dateVery good
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB
HouseFerreiraVintage1994
ColourStill very dark indeed.Number of tastings3
BouquetFruity, dark cherry, old grocery shop in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.00
TasteFull-bodied. Immature and tannic. Complex with a lovely and long finish. Impressive port.Average score16.00
Last tasted23rd August 2010Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen.
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
ColourDark colour with purple-red rim.Number of tastings2
BouquetAttractive nose of cinnamon and old grocery shop.Score range15.00 - 15.00
TasteMedium body. Tannic and still immature. Quite attractive but with rather high acidity in the finish.Average score
Last tasted29th June 2013Point this date15.00
CommentDuring vacation on Malta.
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
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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