The Alves de Sousa winery is in the Douro region of Portugal. A unique landscape with the world’s first demarcated and regulated wine region (1756) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the over 2,000 years of history producing wine by traditional landholders. The river Douro cuts through a mountainous landscape where over 250,000ha have been transformed into 45,000ha of steeply sloping terraced vineyards.
It is in the Douro Valley that the Alves de Sousa family produces wines according to a tradition of 5 generations. After joining the family business full-time in 1987 Domingos dedicated himself to the precise work of gathering and reorganising the vines. For many years the estate supplied some of the most famous and prestigious Port companies. By the end of the eighties Domingos was determined to become a producer-bottler. He developed the ‘leftovers’ of the Port wine, as it was considered back then, which until then had had been traditionally forgotten in relation to the ‘generous’ wine’ (Port). He launched the family’s “Quinta da Gaivosa” winery where, from that day forward, the production of Gaivosa and other Quintas live.