Quinta de la Rosa
The Feueheerd family started off in the port trade as shippers in 1815, when Dietrich Feueheerd arrived in Porto from Hamburg. Until 1850 business was mostly done with the continent, but then Feueheerd Bros began to trade with Britain, and in 1860 H.L. Feueheerd [son] opened company offices in London. In 1906 when Albert Feueheered's daughter Claire was christened, her English grandmother bought Quinta de Rosa for her as a christening present. In 1930 Claire married Swedish-born Eric Bergqvist. 1935 saw Feueheerd Bros sold to the Barros family, but Quinta de la Rosa remained in family hands as it was Claire's personal property. They sold their grapes to Sandeman and other producers and Claire ran the winery assisted by her father's former manager Snr. Marques. Four generations of the Marques family have worked for Quinta de la Rosa, and today Snr. Marques' great-grandsons, Nelson and Sergio, are current employees. In the 1960's it was a difficult time for the Port trade following a lack of crucial investment, and La Rosa became neglected. In 1972 Claire's son Tim Bergqvist took over the business on his mother's death, and started to gradually rebuild the Quinta and its vineyards. The Portuguese Revolution in 1974 caused the family to bury their silver in the hills, but luckily only Alentejo properties were confiscated. However, calamity followed again in 1977 when the front of the house fell onto the railway line, halting trains for two days and prompting the Portuguese railway company to threaten to blow up the property! At that time Tim was offered £25,000 for La Rosa, and was tempted to sell, but his wife Patricia firmly rejected the idea. Tim invested in La Rosa and in 1988 along with his daughter Sophia relaunched Quinta de la Rosa, and made ports under their own label again. Soon after they became one of the first Quinta's to pioneer the production of Douro table wine from indigenous Port grapes. La Rosa is located in the Cima Corgo subregion of the Douro Valley, and is unusual in that it is one of the only single Quintas to have vineyards start at the bank of the Douro River and sweep to a crest of 450 metres above sea level. This unique stretch encapsulates an amazing 11 different microclimates, each with its own profile giving particular characteristics to the wines. The Quinta de la Rosa estate has 62 hectares under vine on the north bank of the river planted on schist soils. The wines are rich and full-bodied, with remarkable acidity, minerality and freshness. They also operate the Quinta Das Bandeiras 100 hectare property bought in 2005 by the Bergquists as a joint venture with the renowned winemaker Jorge Moreira. This is situated in the Douro Superior subregion, and here an expressive range of red and white wines are produced that showcase the rich, refined fruit of this area. Quinta de la Rosa are known for their premium award-winning wines and ports and, like their wines, their ports show exceptional freshness and minerality without overpowering sweetness, culminating in a signature house style that often lead them to be described as “ wine lover's ports”.