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My adventures in southern Brazil continued in the wine-producing region roughly an hour and twenty minutes north of the city. Join me as I have the ultimate Brazilian wine country experience in Vale dos Vinhedos, Brazil!
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My day began at the Intercity Cidade Baixa in Porto Alegre, but my friends Guilherme and Rafa from Rio4Fun and Rio4Food and I would soon be making the drive north to Vale dos Vinhedos.
On the 19th floor of the hotel, they have the breakfast area, including coffee, fruit salad, orange juice, yogurt, sandwiches, and more.
The landscapes on the way to Vale dos Vinhedos are lush and green and the towns are very colonial. It felt like I was in Tuscany or Switzerland as we approached Garibaldi. The temperature is cooler because it’s in a valley. Garibaldi was founded in 1900 by roughly 1,000 Italian immigrants. It’s now the sparkling wine capital of Brazil!
The town reminded me of the small towns you find in Napa Valley. We stopped at the train station, which is the main tourist attraction in the town. There were lots of flowers there and some kids playing soccer near the abandoned tracks!
Then, we drove to a bakery called Cantinho das Delicias in the center of town. It’s like a traditional diner with tables and booths. They sell cakes, coffee, and more. I got a double espresso and some pao de queijo, which was hot and full of cheese. There are lots of Italian influences in the food, including the pastries, pizza, and the dark coffee.
Next, we headed to Peterlongo Winery, which produces the very first Brazilian champagne. They have a license to be able to call it champagne. It’s huge and has high ceilings and produces tons of different wines. They have public and private tastings that last an hour.
We tried the first champagne ever produced in Brazil, which was fruity and bubbly and ages in barrels for 36 months. Next was one that ages in barrels for 18 months. It was dry, younger, and fruitier!
Next was a 6-month-old 2018 chardonnay, which was amazing. I liked it better than the other two. It was dry and sweet! Next was the a Portugese grape wine aged in French barrels, which was full-bodied, fruity, and oaky. These are their four best wines!
Next was a delicious pink Moscato with merlot, followed by a pure Moscato. I love sweet wines! I bought three bottles of their wine to take home with me and they gave me a glass as a gift!
Next, we drove to Vinicola Cainelli, a small family winery in Bento Gonçalves. First we saw their cellar, where they have barrels and fermenting tanks. It has been in business for five generations!
I got to see where they bottle their wines, which include red, white, rose, and more. Then, the owner took us into the vineyard on a tractor.
It’s beautiful! These vineyards with the grapes overhead are for producing grape juice, while the columns are for wine. I tried a couple grapes but they were still sour!
They also grow oranges, limes, and other fruits. Then, we visited the wine-tasting room. It’s in a house built in 1929. The winery was started by his grandfather.
I tried some Marselan from Marseilles, France, which was bold and heavy and not sweet. It’s made with cabernet sauvignon and a Spanish grape. Next was a sparkling, Prosecco-like wine. It was very high quality.
Next was a cabernet sauvignon, and then he gave me some grappa to try! You put it in your coffee in the winter. It’s 40% alcohol!
This really was the ultimate Brazilian wine country experience in Vale dos Vinhedos, Brazil!
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My name is David Hoffmann. For the last 12 years, I have been traveling around the world in search of unique culture, food, and history! Since starting David’s Been Here in 2008, I have traveled to over 1,200 destinations in 81 countries, which I welcome you to check out on my YouTube channel, travel blog, and social media sites.
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