Dan Souza is the winery owner and an entrepreneur of many businesses who has found new passion in the fine art of viticulture and winemaking. He comes from a long line of farmers and cattle ranchers, and cultivating the land with extraordinary results is nothing new to him. Besides being successful in all his ventures, he is also a philanthropist and generously donates his time and resources to those who need it.
Bovino Vineyards and its signature brands, Joludi & gen·er·os·i·ty, are a clear reflection of who he is as a human being. Joludi is a tribute to his hardworking parents, Joe and Ludrie. Whereas a portion of all sales of gen·er·os·i·ty wines, will be invested back into the community, especially with the less fortunate. He has made it his life's work to donate to his favorite charitable causes. His friends and family call him Big De, on account of his tall stature and his big heart.
Steve is the winemaker and General Manager for Bovino Vineyards, consistently producing high-quality, award-winning wines. Steve spent 24 years in the automotive industry before launching his own operation in 2002. He has a B.A. from Central Michigan University and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. His winemaking legacy dates back to numerous crushes in his garage and then his own label, and the obligatory “some time at UC Davis.”
Steve's philosophy is simple: “Every grape has its own innate potential. The job of a winemaker is to help realize that potential –and not make mistakes.” With 16 varieties on the property, Bovino is a dream. “The range -- from Italian to Bordeaux to Rhône -- presents a rare opportunity to experiment, showcasing unique varietals, such as Arneis, alongside the more traditional, while maintaining the distinctive terroir of El Pomar and Bovino.”