Never one to rest on her laurels, Sophia Bergqvist has invested significantly over the last few years at La Rosa with the construction of a new winery. New granite lagares, fermentation tanks and an automatic basket press have been purchased, a carefully thought out tasting room overlooking the Douro River has been constructed, an extensive area for entertaining has been created, as well as a number of apartments and guest rooms built to develop the tourism side of the business. You can’t help but be impressed with the scale of this project and admire Sophia Bergqvist’s vision for this family Quinta, whilst she has maintained the integrity of the old building and the charm of a family estate in the Douro.
Quinta de La Rosa Vintage Port 1979
A luscious and free-fruited example of beautifully aged single vintage port..
These ‘undelcared’ ports are from the years before the estate bottled its own wines, which was started by Sofia once more in 1988. In these earlier periods as part of the contract for selling fruit to the likes of Sandemans they received some of the vintage made with their grapes. As the wine was never meant for sale – and we had to REALLY ask to get some once we had tasted it at the quinta – the wines were never labelled or declared to the authorities and in receipt of their stamp. This is all our little secret, OK? A lovely snapshot of the history of the estate in delicious, vinous form – is there any better kind..?