The World Cup is on… I guess you have a heard a lot of Brazil these days…
But what do you know really about Brazil? The country of soccer, carnival and beautiful girls on the beach?
Well, Brazil is that… but so much more!
According to the C.I.A. website: “Following more than three centuries under Portuguese rule, Brazil gained its independence in 1822, maintaining a monarchical system of government until the abolition of slavery in 1888 and the subsequent proclamation of a republic by the military in 1889. Brazilian coffee exporters politically dominated the country until populist leader Getulio VARGAS rose to power in 1930. By far the largest and most populous country in South America, Brazil underwent more than a half century of populist and military government until 1985, when the military regime peacefully ceded power to civilian rulers. Brazil continues to pursue industrial and agricultural growth and development of its interior. Exploiting vast natural resources and a large labor pool, it is today South America’s leading economic power and a regional leader, one of the first in the area to begin an economic recovery. High income inequality and crime remain pressing problems, as well as recent years’ slow down in economic growth.”
Well, if you are reading my blog, most likely you’re a #winelover and what matters to you is what Brazil has to do with wine…
This is what “Wines of Brazil” has to say about it: :”Brazil, the largest country in Latin America and considered the fifth largest wine producer in the Southern Hemisphere, has been making wine since the beginning of its colonization, but it was the arrival of Italian immigrants, starting in 1875, that brought importance to the activity. Over the past fifteen years, the Brazilian wine industry has made a tremendous investment in technological innovation and vineyard management. The result? Excellent quality wines recognized over two thousand international wine awards.”
The recognition that high quality Brazilian wine was being produced came to the spotlight when Jancis Robinson, MW brought Cave Geisse 1998 for her amazing tasting during the “Wine Future Hong Kong” in 2011.
There are plenty of amazing wines being made in Brazil today. Most of them come from Rio Grande do Sul, but there are examples of very good bottles coming from Santa Catarina and even from the Vale do São Francisco (in the Northeast part of the country).
Here are 7 of my favorite wineries. I know that’s much more that I need to discover… But… so many wineries, so little time…
Linha Leopoldina – Vale dos Vinhedos Bento Gonçalves/RS – Tel/Fax: (54) 2105.3122
Miolo Wine Group, Vale dos Vinhedos
• Administrative Central: 55 54 21021500
Linha Jansen, s/n, Distrito de Pinto Bandeira – Bento Gonçalves – RS – CEP 95700-000
Fones: (54) 3455. 7461/ 34557463
Via dos Parreirais,s/n – Vale dos Vinhedos – Bento Gonçalves – RS – Brasil
Fone/Fax: (54) 3459 1155
Rua Mário Salton, 300 – Distrito de Tuiuty – Bento Gonçalves – Rio Grande do Sul
Fone: (54) 2105.1000
Rua Olavo Bilac, 500 – Bento Gonçalves, RS – 95700-000 – Phone:(54)3455.2000
Linha Leãozinho, s/n – Interior – Tangará – Santa Catarina
Tel: +55 (49) 3566.7700 | (49) 3533.7117
Now you have the opportunity to Wake Up The Brazilian in YOU and win a trip to Brazil!
Check this out: http://www.wakeupthebrazilianinyou.com/win-a-trip-to-brazil
Let me know all your questions/comments about Brazilian wines. I will be very glad to answer.