Some of that willingness to think outside of the box comes from necessity. While Brazil’s wine history is long, its history in making fine wine is modest, really only beginning in earnest some 15 to 20 years ago. The vineyard situation in the region remains rather, shall we say, picturesque, because of the ramshackle state so many vineyards are in and the wide selection of grapes being grown.
Not surprisingly, much of the region’s vineyards were originally planted to supply home winemaking. As such, they are rather small and were planted with quantity as opposed to quality in mind. That means that many of the vineyards continue to be trained as pergolas. At first glance, this might seem to be a problem for quality. Many of the vineyards of quality-conscious producers have moved from pergola to more traditional fine wine training techniques, such as cordon spur and guyot. It is worth remembering that pergolas are used to help lift the vines out of the low lying humidity.