Antónia Ferreira, commonly known as Ferreirinha, was a portuguese businesswoman in a time where business was a territory exclusive to men. She inherited the last name and vineyards from her father, but the name Ferreira achieved recognition by her tireless dedication to the Port wine. She multiplied the lands and plantations, introduced great agriculture innovations and fought for State subsidies, when Portugal was more interested in buying Spanish wines. Antónia, a strong woman, a Northern woman, branded her name on the hills of the Douro river.
Dona Antónia is an important name, or you would not call her "dona" (mistress) unabbreviated, so many years after. Mistress Antónia extended the family name Ferreira in such a way that it is difficult to imagine her in a dress running after a dog between the vineyards, climbing trees, jumping the rope and splashing on the river. It is easier to imagine her with a cat on her lap, reading about the exemplary lives of princesses for countless hours, playing hide-and-seek in the attic and pulling the skirts of the cooks. She was not always a woman, she must have been a child before. [...] Her name taught her that family is as important as land. Family is the land we sink our roots in to grow.
Great Portuguese Lives is a collection that results from a partnership between Pato Lógico and The Portuguese Mint and Official Printing Office (INCM), and it is dedicated to the lives of important Portuguese figures, who stand out in various domains of our History.