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Having graduated from Cambridge University and with an MBA from INSEAD, Sophia set up Quinta de la Rosa with her father, Tim, in 1988. Before 1988, Tim was growing grapes at Quinta de la Rosa and selling them to Sandemans to make into port. Using her experience from working as a management consultant at Booz Allen, Sophia helped launch La Rosa ‘s ports onto the market and has developed a global network of importers. Thanks to a conversation with wine maker, David Baverstock, La Rosa was one of the first Douro producers to commercialise their red wines in 1990.
Sophia runs Quinta de la Rosa full time and spends a considerable amount of her life travelling around the world promoting the brand.
Her outside interests have included lecturing for the Wine MBA and University of Buckingham Entrepreneurs course. Sophia sat on the Council of the University of Buckingham for ten years. She is Patron of the charity Afghan Connection and advisor to Q Trust. Sophia is also Warden (Chair of Council) of Bradfield College and sits on Court at the Vintners Company in the City of London . She speaks English, French and Portuguese and is married with three children.