Quinta do Vale Meão
In 1877 D. Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, already owner of the largest agricultural heritage of the Douro, bought in a public auction 300 hectares of virgin land to the VN chamber of Foz Côa. Her dream was to build from scratch a model exploration, materializing in her all the vast experience accumulated throughout her life as a businesswoman from Douro.
This ambitious project was totally carried out between 1887 and 1895. It was the last and most significant achievement of that Lady, who however little of it enjoyed, since it died in 1896.
Since then the farm has always remained in the possession of its descendants. From the 70's his trinete Francisco Javier de Olazabal took over his management and began a long process of acquiring undivided parts of his relatives and co-owners, and in 1994 he became, along with his sons, sole proprietor of Quinta. Until then the grapes of Quinta were sold to the company AA Ferreira S. A., founded by the descendants of D. Antónia, and were in the base of some of its better wines. This connection continued until 1998, the year in which Francisco Javier de Olazabal decided to resign as president of A. A., Ferreira S.A. to dedicate, together with his son, winemaker Francisco de Olazabal y Nicolau de Almeida, to the production, aging and commercialization of the Quinta's wines, through the creation of the company F. Olazabal & Filhos, Lda.