Caldas Reserva Touriga Nacional, Alves de Sousa, Douro, Portugal 2012
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Portuguese Producer of Year, twice!
Alves de Sousa
The family of Domingos Alves de Sousa have been winemakers for generations. However, Alves opted to pursue a career in civil engineering rather than follow in his father’s footsteps. That all changed in the late 1980s, when Domingos took the decision to move back to the estate and take over the running of the family vineyards. Until this point, the Alves de Sousa operation had sold all of its wine to the commercial blending houses of the Douro Valley.
Domingos’ first step in his newfound role was to break away from their relationship with the blending houses, instead making the bold decision to begin producing his own wines. He enlisted in winemaking courses in both Bordeaux and across other regions in Portugal, before building a team that allowed his wines to steadily earn a reputation for premium quality and excellent value for money.
Twice awarded the title of Portuguese Producer of Year – the only estate to receive this accolade on more than one occasion – the success of Alves de Sousa has most certainly vindicated Domingos’ decision to give his family estate a new lease of life!