Casa Ferreirinha Papa Figos 2018

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Tasting Notes


Founded in 1751, Casa Ferreirinha is known for still wines from the Douro Valley in Portugal. Its history is inextricably associated with one woman, Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, who was born in 1811 in the town of Régua, the gateway to the winelands of the Douro Valley. Although small in stature and reserved by nature, Dona Antónia was charismatic, visionary and entrepreneurial. She created new expanses of terraced vineyards, augmented and improved the company´s stocks of old wines, and helped improve the hard lives of local farming families by founding schools, nurseries and hospitals. So great was the locals’ affection for her that they gave her the diminutive nickname “A Ferreirinha” - “the little Ferreira lady.” Following her death in 1896, the business became a limited company and began a new phase, building on the legacy of its Douro estates. In the middle of the 1900s, under the leadership of Fernando Nicolau de Almeida, Casa Ferreirinha began producing unfortified wines. Aiming to produce elegant, top-quality Douro wines with the ageing potential of Vintage Port, De Almeida created in 1952 what would become the estate’s flagship – Barca-Velha – an iconic wine made only in the very best years, and still revered as one of Portugal´s most long-lived, elegant and complex wines. Casa Ferreirinha was acquired by Sogrape Vinhos in 1987. Led by current winemaker, Luis Sottomayor (who studied in Australia and France and holds a post-graduate degree in Oenology from Escola Superior de Biotecnologia do Porto, Portugal), Casa Ferreirinha´s wines range from young, easy-drinking lines, through richer and noteworthy labels, with Barca-Velha still at the top of the tree.

The golden oriole (papa figos in Portuguese) is one of the rarest birds in the Douro. It’s a brightly-colored bird, unique and rare, and thus the perfect inspiration for this wine.

Grapes are selected from the sub-region of the Douro Superior, namely from Quinta da Leda and winegrowers with

north-facing vineyards at higher altitudes. After destemming and soft-crushing, the grapes were transferred to stainless steel tanks, where maceration and alcoholic fermentation took place. 25% of the wine aged in used French oak barrels, while the remainder stayed in stainless steel tanks until the final blend was made about 8 months after the harvest, and then bottled after 1yr.


Red fruited with cherry and raspberry notes, touches of earth and spice on this medium weight beauty, supported by soft well-integrated tannins.


Enjoy on its own or with tapas, olives and cheese/charcuterie plate, pizza, bean stews, lamb, roasted vegetables, or tomato based dishes.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Charcuterie, Duck, Ham, Hearty stew, Mushrooms, Pork, Wild Game

Portugal , Douro
Grape Varietal:
Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional
$16.00 each