It all started with the idea of bottling the famous wine produced by Mr. Álvaro Ferraz, father of one of the founders. Wine production is already a tradition of the centenary Ferraz family. There's no memory of when and who started it!
In total, the family owns approximately 20 hectares of vineyards, of which 5 hectares in the parish of Horta do Douro, municipality of Vila Nova de Foz Côa, in Douro Superior, and other vineyards in Valeflor, a centenary parish in the municipality of Mêda, in Beira Interior region.
In addition to wine, we also produce olive oil, almonds and walnuts.
Rural tourism is another aspect of the company and it is due to the will and good taste of the founder Lúcia Ferraz. His father, Aventino Dias Pereira, was born in S. Simão, municipality of Amarante, from whom he inherited a house with a privileged situation. After extensive restoration work, we now have 3 rooms available for local accommodation.
After many years of making good wines in a traditional way, with stone mills and cement vats, in 2017 we built a wine cellar with the latest technology for wine production and implemented strict quality control.
Quality and Tradition
Our harvest is now made to boxs instead of the traditional baskets, whichs possibilities that grapes goes to the winery at the best conditions. The sorting table for choosing the best grapes became an mandatory step, as well as fermentation's controlled temperature.
This entire process is carefully supervised by our experienced winemaker, José Ribeiro Brandão, with an accumulated experience of more than 10 years in wine projects in Beira Interior and a profound knowledge of the characteristics of this region.
Mêda is the only municipality in Portugal that belongs to two demarcated wine regions: Beira Interior and Douro.
The Beira Interior region was created in 1999 but has a winery past that dates back to the founding of the nationality. Lands with granitic soil, with an altitude between 500 and 700 meters and a cold climate in winter and very hot in summer.
The Douro region is the oldest demarcated region in the world and has a long winery tradition, with vineyards at lower altitude, on schist soils and a climate with more moderate temperatures in winter, but also very hot in summer.
Vineyards in the Beira Interior region
Approximately three quarters of our vineyards are located in the Beira Interior region, in the parish of Valeflor, in the municipality of Mêda. Valeflor, as its name indicates, is located in a valley, protected by the climate, sometimes harsh, and therefore with a long winery tradition, giving its wines a unique quality.
The large majority of our vineyards are over 50 years old, with diversified red varieties, predominantly Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz. The most recent vines (approximately 20 years old), also with the same red varieties but already with a defined location.
We also have vines with white varieties, where Fernão Pires, which is approximately 40 years old, predominates. More recently, we planted 5 hectares of white varieties: Rabigato, Fernão Pires, Viosinho and Arinto.
Vineyards in the Douro region
In the Douro Region we have approximately 5 hectares of vineyards, located in the parish of Horta do Douro, municipality of Vila Nova de Foz Côa, belonging to the so-called Douro Superior region. Young vines but with great potential, as they give rise to highly appreciated and balanced wines. The varieties are Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca.