John De Sousa
(Sr.) purchased our vineyard in 1979. He planted several of
the grape varieties listed above. In 1990, we got our winery
license and opened a full-fledged winery. Our Dois Amigos
red wine (hand-crafted of Baco Noir and Marechal Foch)
became an instant hit in Ontario LCBO stores, especially in
the Portuguese neighbourhoods. Dois Amigos (meaning Two
Friends) continues to be a bestseller in its 1.5 Litre and 4
Litre sizes. In about 2000, we launched several premium
wines such as Cabernet Franc, Merlot Reserve and Meritage.
These wines achieved acclaim and awards. One of our most
prized products has been the De Sousa Port-style wine. It is
produced from the only Touriga Nacional vines in Ontario. We
bury the vines each winter to protect them from frost. Our
Port-style wine is legendary.
The De Sousa
winery and part of our vineyard acreage was acquired by
Diamond Estates in 2008. De Sousa Vineyards is the ongoing
legacy of a Third Generation winemaking tradition.