While the replanting of Brazil’s vineyards will undoubtedly alter the landscape from a visual perspective, the changing composition of those vineyards will do the same for the commercial landscape on which the wines of Brazil are built.
With so much of the region’s history devoted to home winemaking, its no surprise to see varieties traditionally associated with Italy continuing to play a role. Varieties such as Ancellotta, Teroldego and hybrids are losing ground to international fighting varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. This makes sense in the short term, but producing cookie cutter value wines is not something Brazil seems well positioned to do. These are not easy lands to farm, nor is that a good strategy for real growth in international markets.