Quinta de la Rosa represent the very best of the Douro: determination, pride, tradition, and pure winemaking skill.
The Bergqvist family has been involved in the Douro’s port trade since 1815, with the Quinta de la Rosa estate gifted to current owner Sophia Bergqvist’s grandmother Clara as a christening present in 1906. The winery rose to become one of Portugal’s top quality port producers over the course of the next 90 years – but it was in the 1990s when its prowess as a still wine producer in the region became evident. Throughout this decade, Quinta de la Rosa became a pioneering force for still winemaking in the Douro, helping propel it to world recognition and renown.
Quinta de la Rosa’s landscape is unusual; it remains one of the only Single Quintas in the Douro to start at the bank of the river and stretch up to a peak of 450m. This unique span of land covers an incredible eleven microclimates, each of which ensures additional layers of complexity and depth in the Quinta de la Rosa Wines
Still largely unexplored, the terroir in the Douro offers incredible opportunity. None more so than La Rosa’s, whose vines rise dramatically out of the river with the imposing Vale do Inferno vineyard, and climb majestically up to an altitude of 500m with Lamelas, whose magnificent views overlook the very heart of the region. The estate’s grapes are category A – the very best the Douro has to offer.
Remarkable freshness and minerality provided by the Quinta’s unique terroir, along with a steadfast desire to ensure that the brandy is well integrated means that all of our Ports are made in drier ‘house style’ without any overpowering sweetness
2015 was an unexpectedly good year. Despite the far from ideal meteorological conditions, we were extremely excited about the beautiful grapes that arrived at the winery. Winter and spring were dry with little rain. Stable weather allowed for good flowering meaning that production was always forecast to be abundant (good news after two relatively small years). This was followed by a hot summer. There was little rain and only a few storms, apart from a large one in May. By August the vines were under intense water stress and their leaves were browning – especially younger vines with shallower roots.
However, the good news was that the fruit stood up well to this stress so that the grapes were almost perfect by the time they arrived into the winery.