I’ve compiled my notes and brief overviews of the wineries I visited on my trip and I’ll publish them next week. While this covers a large portion of Brazil’s fine wine industry, there are developments taking place around the country that I really didn’t get to learn enough about.
For example, the investments in vineyards in Campanha, south of Serra Gaucha close up on the border of Uruguay, are beginning to change the financial calculus for many producers. As opposed to the difficult to farm hillside vineyards, Campanha is flat and easy to farm efficiently. Will the wines be as good as those that come from the Vale dos Vinhedos? I doubt that. Still, the wines should be very good and the cash flow they create for Brazilian producers should go towards improvements in quality, marketing and education, three things that are vital for Brazil’s long term success in the wine industry.