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Casa Valduga

Brazil

Brazil isn’t exactly top of mind when it comes to wine, but it happens to be the fifth largest wine producer in the Southern Hemisphere. With a production of 3.3 million hectoliters this year, Brazil is only second to Argentina (14.6 million hectoliters), Australia (12.3 million), South Africa (10.2 million) and Chile (8.6 million).

Serra Gaúcha is the main wine region in Brazil. A hilly plateau with a relatively long history of wine making thanks predominantly to Italian immigrants who settled in the southern part of the country in the mid 1800s. The region cannot claim any indigenous grape varieties and has therefore concentrated its efforts on the international ones such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Noir.

Wineries in Brazil are generally small and the wines young, fresh and ready to drink. One of the best wineries we’ve come across is Casa Valduga which produces a wide variety of award winning wines and liqueurs ranging from Sparkling Wine, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon to Tinto Licoroso.

casavalduga.com.br

 

Images: serraevinho.com.br, enoleigos.com.br, gobrazilwines.com, farm8.staticflickr.com