Red Wine
Vale da Raposa
Grande Escolha 2019, 75cl

approx. £19.15



 Serve at 16º-18º

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O Produtor, tasting note published in April 3rd 2021

Deep ruby colour. Aromas of violet, sour cherry, cigar box, pine, cedar and dark chocolate. Very complex and classy, elegant, enveloping and harmonious. Long finish.

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Vale da Raposa

The 2019 harvest

In an overall dry year (though not as dry as 2017 or 2015), it was rather the large temperature swings that marked it most – from the outset, temperatures successively went from above to below average, with a natural reflection on the vine cycle which, despite the initial advance, was then slowed down. The different varieties naturally adapted differently to these variations, with a certain initial heterogeneity in ripening that required rigorous monitoring and a redefinition of the harvest calendar. The effort soon bore fruit: in addition to an excellent general phytosanitary state, the ability to wait and respect the time of the different varieties and vineyards according to the conditions of the year allowed their character and final quality to be gradually refined. Wines with depth, solid structures, a little closed and austere at birth but with a lot of character, complexity and fantastic balance. Creamy wines for which, as has happened in the vineyard, you will also have to wait… but with everything for a great evolution in bottle. Ageing: 12 months in French oak barrels 35% new and 65% second year.

Allergens information

Contains sulphites.

SKU: 105714

Alves de Sousa

Wine production is a family tradition for Domingos Alves de Sousa: his father (Edmundo Alves de Sousa) and grandfather (Domingos Alves de Sousa) had already been winemakers in the Douro. But Domingos Alves de Sousa embraced another career at first. Having graduated in Civil Engineering, he could not resist the double appeal (of land and blood), and abandoned his activity in 1987 to devote himself exclusively to the exploitation of the farms that bequeathed to him by inheritance and to others that he later acquired, in which he has been performing a model work of land consolidation and restructuring of vineyards. The evolution of his winemaking activity has some interesting aspects, almost paradigmatic, and deserves a little history.

For a long time it was the supplier of the well-known and prestigious companies Casa Ferreirinha and Sociedade dos Vinhos Borges. But the problems that affected the sector in the late 80’s, which resulted in an exaggerated increase in production costs, and especially the catastrophic harvest of 1988, led him to question the profitability of his holdings. Like many other Douro winegrowers, affected by the recession in which the Demarcated Region was struggling, he turned to the valorization of the “leftovers” of Port Wine, that is, the Douro pasture wine, until then traditionally subordinated to fortified wine. Like many other Douro winegrowers, affected by the recession in which the Demarcated Region was struggling, he turned to the valorization of the “leftovers” of Port Wine, that is, the Douro pasture wine, traditionally subordinated in relation to fortified wine. He therefore attended courses in viticulture and oenology and, armed with this knowledge, he set to work restructuring his vineyards and, determined to forge his own path as producer-bottler, built a winery in his Quinta da Gaivosa where from then on he would vinify the production of the other Quintas.

After some experiments with various grape varieties, he selected those that proved to be the best suited to produce the best Douro Denomination of Origin wines, and with them he produced and launched on the market, in mid-1992, what would be his first wine: Quinta do Vale da Raposa white 1991, which immediately captivated connoisseurs and earned the best references. It was the beginning of a journey full of success that has lasted until today, and that we will surely still be hearing about tomorrow.


Quinta da Gaivosa, 2214, 5030-055, Santa Marta de Penaguião, Portugal