Alves de Sousa Caldas Red 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

In 1987 Domingos Alves de Sousa, the descendant of a family of Douro Valley winegrowers, abandoned his career as a civil engineer to dedicate all his efforts to managing the family’s “Quintas” (estates). When he took this step Domingos had already decided to stop supplying wine in bulk to the blending houses and embark on the most arduous, but more rewarding, strategy of bottling his own Douro wines. He reorganized and combined his plots of vines, studied viticulture and winemaking (attending courses both in Portugal and Bordeaux) and put together an experienced team. The construction of a modern cellar at Quinta da Gaivosa was the final step before beginning production of wine from the grapes grown on the family’s five “Quintas”. Since then, the wines of Domingos Alves de Sousa have received increasing recognition for their quality, gaining various awards and favourable reviews in wine magazines. The highlight of this successful trail being recognised twice as: “Producer of the Year”, by Revista de Vinhos (The Portuguese Wine Magazine) in 1999 and 2007 - the most important and prestigious award for a Portuguese wine producer. Domingos is the only person to have won this award twice.

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The Douro has a unique landscape. It is the world's first demarcated and regulated region (1756) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are few places that reflect so well the admirable feats that can spring from Man's effort and dedication. It is in this region that Domingos Alves de Sousa produces his wines, according to a family tradition begun by his grandfather, which is today also taken... Read more
The Douro has a unique landscape. It is the world's first demarcated and regulated region (1756) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are few places that reflect so well the admirable feats that can spring from Man's effort and dedication. It is in this region that Domingos Alves de Sousa produces his wines, according to a family tradition begun by his grandfather, which is today also taken up by his children. The old and ever-present wish to find the best embodiment of a vineyard lead Alves de Sousa to convert into wine only the grapes from his own estates, truly unique terroirs for the magnificent diversity of the region's natural varieties. The quality and singularity of his wines have been widely recognised with distinctions and mentions in the most acclaimed national and international publications. We should particularly highlight the "Producer of the Year" award presented in 1999 and again in 2006 by the most important Portuguese Wine Magazine (“Revista de Vinhos”), becoming the first in the history to receive twice the most coveted and prestigious distinction for Portuguese wine producers. Read less

In 1987 Domingos Alves de Sousa, the descendant of a family of Douro Valley winegrowers, abandoned his career as a civil engineer to dedicate all his efforts to managing the family’s “Quintas” (estates). When he took this step Domingos had already decided to stop supplying wine in bulk to the blending houses and embark on the most arduous, but more rewarding, strategy of bottling his own Douro wines. He reorganized and combined his plots of vines, studied viticulture and winemaking (attending courses both in Portugal and Bordeaux) and put together an experienced team. The construction of a modern cellar at Quinta da Gaivosa was the final step before beginning production of wine from the grapes grown on the family’s five “Quintas”. Since then, the wines of Domingos Alves de Sousa have received increasing recognition for their quality, gaining various awards and favourable reviews in wine magazines. The highlight of this successful trail being recognised twice as: “Producer of the Year”, by Revista de Vinhos (The Portuguese Wine Magazine) in 1999 and 2007 - the most important and prestigious award for a Portuguese wine producer. Domingos is the only person to have won this award twice.

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