Alves de Sousa
The production of wines is a family tradition for Domingos Alves de Sousa: his father (Edmundo Alves de Sousa) and grandfather (Domingos Alves de Sousa) had already been winegrowers in the Douro. Contrarily to what it would be expected, Domingos Alves de Sousa held another career at the beginning of his professional activity. But after having his degree in Civil Engineering, he couldn’t resist any longer to the double appeal (of the land and the blood), and abandoned its activity in 1987 to dedicate himself in exclusive to the exploration of the “Quintas” (estates) he received from his family inheritance and to other properties later acquired, where he executed a precise work of gathering and reorganization of the vines.
For many years he supplied some of the most famous and prestigious Port companies like Ferreira and Borges Wines. But the problems that affected the sector in the end of the eighties lead the family to question the models followed until that day. And this was the changing point. Domingos Alves de Sousa turned himself to the valuation of the “leftovers” of the Port Wine (as it was considered back in those days), meaning, the Douro wines, until then traditionally forgotten in relation to the “generous wine” (Port).