In a recent trip to the Douro River Valley, I had the honor of sitting down with Antonio, the winemaker of Quinta de Leda of Casa Ferreirinha. Young and affable, this winemaker tells us about the grapes of the Douro Valley and a bit of the history of the estate. Casa Ferreirinha is owned by Sogrape Vinhos.
It is amazing how wines are made in this region of the world. These are “lagares” where the grapes are destemmed, pumped into these huge lake like things, everyone walks over them, extracting the best must. Then they break the seal or sombrero- hat with a long stick and collect the juice. What a great experience!
Special thanks to Pedro Leal da Costa of Symington Family Estates for showing us around.