QUINTA DE LA ROSA   Douro Valley and Oporto  -  PORTUGAL

Run by Sophia and Tim Bergqvist, daughter and father, and ably assisted by Sophia’s brother, Phillip, Quinta de la Rosa has been in the family for over 100 years. The estate was given as a christening present for Claire Feueheerd, Sophia’s grandmother, in 1906. The family port shipping company, Feueheerd, was sold in the 1930s but La Rosa was kept and run by Sophia’s grandmother, Claire. In 1988 Sophia and her father, Tim Bergqvist, decided to restart the family business and launched Quinta de la Rosa a top quality port producer onto the market place.

Starting in the early 1990s, the Bergqvist family were one of the pioneers in taking table wine production in the Douro region seriously. Quinta de la Rosa’s red and white table wines have won many accolades in the press and are sold in many prestigious restaurants and wine stores around the world. The estate is situated on the south east facing banks of the River Douro, one kilometer from Pinhão in the Cima Corgo region.

All six of Quinta de la Rosa’s single vineyards (a total of 55 hectares) are A graded. La Rosa is fortunate in having great diversity in its vineyards ranging from altitudes along the banks of the River Douro up to 400 meters above sea level. The older dry stone walled vineyards are planted with mixed varieties where vines are at least 50 years old and yields as low as 10 hectoliters per hectare. The newer vineyards (‘patamares’) date from the early seventies and are block planted with the approved varieties — Touriga Nacional,Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Touriga Franca and Tinta Cão. This allows head winemaker, Jorge Moreira, and his team to annually produce the highest possible quality of 50,000 liters of port and 100,000 liters of table wine (on average) from grapes of differing physiological attributes. All Quinta de la Rosa wines and Ports are estate grown, estate produced and estate bottled. The Quinta de La Rosa ‘house’ style is to make well defined, elegant wines and ports without over-extraction and without too much tannin or oak. The wines are rich and full bodied while maintaining freshness and good acidity.