A memorable evening with Sophia Bergqvist, co-owner of Quinta De La Rosa

Tuesday, January 26th we had the honor of hosting Sophia Bergqvist, co-owner of the Quinta De La Rosa Estate in the Douro Valley and a delightful and dynamic guest for our customers to get acquainted with.

Her story is a fascinating one: The Bergqvist family has been making port since 1815 and Quinta De La Rosa was bought as a christening present for Claire Feuerheerd, Sophia Bergqvist’s grandmother. Sophia’s great-grandfather Albert Feuerheerd once owned one of Porto’s biggest shipping companies but due to the economic downturn in early 1930s, he was forced to sell his company to Barros. The La Rosa estate was kept and run by Claire and her husband Eric Bergqvist, during which time (1933 to 1987) the grapes of the La Rosa estate were sold to the well-known port manufacturers Croft and Sandeman.

In 1988 Sophia and her father, Tim Bergqvist decided to restart the family business and launched Quinta De La Rosa as a top quality port producer. In the early 1990s the Bergqvist family started making Douro red wines, which got a big boost in 2002 when Jorge Moreira became their leading winemaker. From then on Quinta De La Rosa has been producing outstanding ports and Douro Tintos, both of which we had the pleasure of tasting:

Quinta De La Rosa 2007 Vale Da Clara Red Wine
Reg $13.99 | Case $11.19
This table red is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesca, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Roriz from nearby vineyards with a higher altitude, above the Douro Valley, than Quinta De La Rosa. The wine is medium-bodied with good structure, acidity, and an attractive freshness. Mainly aromas and flavors of blackberries and blackcurrants with some earthy tones.

Quinta De La Rosa 2006 Douro Tinto
Reg $22.99 | Case $18.39
Same blend than above but the grapes come mainly from the Lamelas Vineyard at La Rosa which was planted by Tim Bergqvist over 20 years ago. This red is medium-bodied, very elegant with a round, balanced structure. Very aromatic with lovely red fruit flavors, especially strawberries, raspberries and white cherries, with a touch of lime. This wine is lighter and fresher in style.

Quinta De La Rosa 2005 Tinto Douro Reserve
$44.99 | Case $35.99
A blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cão, Touriga Franca and many others. The grapes are coming from Sophia Bergqvist’s finest vineyards. Big, full-bodied, with expressive fruit, like blackberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, with herbal and earthy notes. Beautiful structure, complexity, elegance and acidity. Fine tannins on the finish. Up to 5 years.

Quinta De La Rosa NV Tawny Port
Reg $15.99 | Case $12.79
This tawny is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesca, Tinta Barroca, and Tinta Roriz. The vines are all estate grown and the wine is aged in old oak 550 liter barrels. A fantastic Tawny for the money. Toffee, caramel and nutty flavors with great acidity. Beautiful, long finish.

Quinta De La Rosa 2003 Late Bottle Vintage Port
Reg $31.99 | Case $25.59
Same blend as above. This Port comes from an excellent, generally declared vintage year which was perfect for LBVs as well. It is an enormous, but elegant LBV with aromas and flavors of cocoa, chocolate as well as cherry, raspberry and other berry fruit, and soft tannins on a long finish. This LBV were matured in large wooden casks (also called “tunnels”) for 4 to 6 years and bottled in 2007.

Quinta De La Rosa 2004 Vintage Port ~ WE93/Top 100 Cellar Selections
Reg $69.99 | Case $55.99
Same grapes as above. This Vintage Port was definitely the star of the tasting (and sales). A Port of highest quality, wonderful length and impressive depth. Full-bodied, with great concentration and excellent texture.  Beautiful aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark berries, raspberries, and black cherries. We will taste that again in 30 years.

It was a great tasting and a pleasure to have Sophia with us.   Enjoy these wines!

Jens Strecker
Owner, Portalis Wines


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