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.
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 that lead to an exaggerated increase of the production costs, and in particularly the catastrophic 1988 vintage, lead the family to question the models followed until that day.
This radical change of attitude demanded not only simple good will and desire to be successful. It demanded also technical and professional formation. So he studied viticulture and winemaking and armed with all the knowledge gathered, launched hands to the the reorganization of his vines. Determined to make his own way as producer-bottler, it was build in the family's "Quinta da Gaivosa" the cellar where, from that day to beyond it was going to be vinified the production of Gaivosa and the other "Quintas".
Soon it had the attention of wine lovers and it deserved the best references. It was the beginning of a trail filled of successes that came until the present days, and that we will certainly still hear about tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow...