Sogrape declared recently that will launch in May 2020 its biggest icon, the Old Barca of 2020 harvest.
If there were doubts that 2011 was a great year, it would never be suspected whether Sogrape would or would not launch once again the most emblematic of its wines. It's always a mystery. But it would be very suspicious if I didn't, because the harvest that year was really exceptional. We've already tasted wine wines that show this very well, and Barca Velha should not escape the rule.
For winemaker Luís Sottomayor, "2011 was an extraordinary year, of the best ever in the Douro, intense and of great quality, so on our part it was only a matter of patience until we can confirm the potential that the harvest has made foresee." Pioneer and innovative, Barca Velha is since 1952 the unquestionable symbol of the highest quality of Douro wines. Classic, intense, complex, elegant and rich, adjectives are few to describe the 19 harvests announced to date at the throughout its 67 years of history.
Declared only in truly exceptional years, Barca Velha is, since its creation, elaborate with selected grapes of different altitudes in the Douro Superior. The Quinta da Leda, with 160 hectares of vineyard, now gives rise to most of the wines that are part of the lot composed of traditional varieties in the region.
In the 64 years of history that Barca Velha already leads, have been recognized so far the following harvests: 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1978 by Fernando Nicolau de Almeida, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1995 and 1999 by José Maria Soares Franco and 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2011, by Luís Sottomayor , the current responsible for sogrape oenology.