Casa Ferreirinha Vinha Grande Douro 2016 - Douro, Portugal
90/100 - Wine Enthusiast
90/100 - Decanter
Decanter World Wine Awards
Bronze - International Wine Challenge
David Gleave MW "Vinha Grande is the second oldest wine of the Douro Valley (behind Barca Velha) and its heritage is noticeable in every sip. An elegant, complex wine with the structure of a fine Bordeaux exhibiting flavours of blackcurrant, leather and subtle oak spice."
André Carvalho "classic and intense, with a well-marked character, which reflects all the wealth and quality of the region in the creation of the best wines of the lot."
André Carvalho "Casa Ferreirinha is a house with the highest tradition in quality wines in the Douro and one of its greatest references in the world."
Wine Enthusiast "Its structure marches with the blackberry fruits and tense mineral texture. It is a wine that while it has structure now will develop into a broad, rich wine in the medium-term."
Dieter Stoll "a wonderful harmonious and strong of character wine with a nice ruby red colouring. The intensive bouquet is dominated by ripe red fruits like currant, cherry and mulberry, flowery notes and exotic wooden tones. In the mouth, it appears very balanced, with the pleasant acidity and lingering finish, typical for Douro wines."
Casa Ferreirinha is the producer of iconic Barca Velha – one of the greatest wines to come from Portugal, as well as one of the rarest wines produced in the UNESCO World Heritage, gazetted, Douro wine region.
Decanter "Casa Ferreirinha's Barca Velha is the Superstar of the Douro."
Casa Ferreirinha estate has 160 hectares of vineyards, residing within the Douro UNESCO World Heritage site, from which the winery produces its award-winning wine and Port. The soils of marl clay, granite (with some sand) and alluvial are known to produce spectacular wines and ports.
Founded in 1952, it was the first winery in Portugal to first produce a premium non-fortified red wine. This was done by a team of enologists led by technical director Fernando Nicolau De Almeida, who would become world-famous for his Barca Velha wine.
The Douro region in Northern Portugal is recognized as one of Portugal’s best wine-growing areas producing some of the most particular and complex wines in the country. It is also known for being one of the country’s first winemaking areas to be certified for its quality back in 1756. However, the Douro region's most famous claim is that it is the home of Port. The area takes its name from the Douro river, which flows east to west from the Spanish border to Oporto, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean.
Tempranillo is a red grape variety which forms the backbone of some of the finest wines from Spain and Portugal. Almost every red wine from Rioja and Ribera del Duero has Tempranillo at its core, and in Portugal, the variety is widely used in the Douro Valley.