Michelle and Erick De Sousa put a strong emphasis on welcoming their guests, as you will find out when visiting them in Avize.
Thanks to the detailed explanations of your host, you will be made familiar with the wine-making process, as he will take you on a tour of the cellars and the fermentation room, and tell you about his Champagne with an elegant and passionate eloquence.
If you want to visit us, please call +33 (0)3 26 27 53 29, Monday – Friday, from 9am to 11am or 14pm to 16pm.
They say that great things come from great adversity and that is certainly true for Erick de Sousa who, from modest beginnings in the Côte des Blancs area of Champagne, is well on his way to building a global reputation for Champagne De Sousa.
It was Erick’s grandfather, Manuel a native of the Portuguese town of Porto, who first visited France to fight in the First Word War. Soon after the war he came back to Champagne to find work – there was plenty to rebuild in this corner of France that had been badly damaged during the fighting.
Manuel died at the age of just 29 leaving a widow and 4 sons. In due course the eldest son, Antoine, married a local girl, Zoémie Bonville, and learned the art of growing grapes. Again war intervened and Antoine spent 2 years as a prisoner in Germany. On returning home to the village of Avize he set up his own champagne house under the name De Sousa., however the real expansion of the brand started when Antoine’s son, Erick, took over the family business at the age of just 25 in 1988.
Today Erick runs the business with his wife Michelle. Their eldest daughter, Charlotte, looks after most of the export sales, whilst their younger daughter Julie and son Valentin will join the business after completing their studies.