The port wine house "A. A. Ferreira" with its headquarters in Porto
(suburb of Vila Nova de Gaia) in the Portuguese Douro
region was founded in 1751. Under the leadership of the legendary Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira (1811-1896), it developed into one of the largest and most important producers of port wine
. First she married her cousin A. B. Ferreira, one of the richest men in Portugal
. After his death, she married Francisco Torres, the manager of the Ferreira estates. After his death, she took the management of the house into her own hands with great success. She also bought the lodge (warehouse) in 1876 and owned it until 1987, when it was sold to Sogrape
. The port wines come from the vineyards of the Quinta do Seixo and Quinta do Porto estates. The relatively early maturing Vintage Ports are characterised by an often light style. Among the best products are the Tawnys Superior, Dona Antónia and the Duque de Bragança, matured for 20 years in oak barrels.