How well do you know Brazil?

By Gregory Dal Piaz


Test your knowledge of the main wine regions of Brazil. Didn't know that Brazil has a main wine producing region? Well they do, and its been around for 150 years. Read the article, learn the facts and earn your Wines of Brasil badge as you find out what you need to know about one of the world's least known fine wine regions!

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Aug 01, 2012

Correctly answer all the questions below to complete the quiz.

Quiz

  • 1
    Brazil's wine industry was primarily founded by who?
  • 2
    Which location is not located in Brazil's major wine region?
  • 3
    The wines of Brazil can be characterized as...
  • 4
    Which is not a traditional grape variety in Brazil?
  • 5
    Which factor does not play a role in the quality of Brazil's wines?
  • 483947AmorimAlberto ...well, as a Brazilian, I know that our native wines are very expensive for what they give us. If we did not had the huge taxes over imported wines, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, South African, Australian, Chilean, American, German, Austrian and French wines would be preferred over Brazilian wines. To give you a fair example, Dão Quinta do Cabriz is sold by R$ 30,00 (almost US$ 14.00) and Brazilian wines of this quality are sold by the same price. Talento and Desejo from Salton are marketed at R$ 80 - 90 (wich is about US$ 40 - 45) and for this price I can buy Minervois Estibals 2007 (Domaine L'Ostal Cazes), Erasmo 2007 or Cenerentolla 2007 by Colombini among many others. I know that the imported wines cost here about 2 - 3 times more than at the origin, therefore, our Brazilian wines are very expensive. By the way, we used to have nice light reds, sparkling and white wines, but as winemakers pretend to create an "international wine", they lost the appeal of the terroir and invested a lot in equipment, thus concentrating and putting a lot of wood in our native wines, elevating costs and loosing identity. Only the sparkling are good, and a few wood-free white ones, but still overpriced. Alberto Amorim, Honorary Sommelier ABS-SP, restaurant owner and wine lover.


  • 636277stevoco Grocery Outlet has a 375ml Miolo Merlot for $5. I tried it and it is very good. I was surprised. I would like to see more Brazilian wines! How about some cachaça too!


  • 483947AmorimAlberto ...so it looks like brazilian wines are cheaper in US hen in Brazil? They have mpre than one Merlot in 375ml, the Reserva (R$ 19.40 or US$ 9.50) and the Seleção (R$ 10.00 or US$ 4.85). Maybe you are having special prices, because freight and taxes can be more expensive than the final price you're getting there.


  • 909441annerichter had NO IDEA there were Brazilian wines out there ....definitely going to look for some this week


  • 636277stevoco Yes Alberto - I forgot to say that the chain I mentioned specializes in finding great buys, but once they sell out you will usually not find the same wine again. I suspect the reason the Miolo is so inexpensive is that no one here knows about it. But I do.


  • 479382Ricardo Ganc Great article. As a Brazilian I am quite happy that you are getting to know our wines. Next time you should try the small wineries. Then you would be impressed. Unfortunately Price ia a problem. Nothing that a good competition can't fix. All the best, Ricardo


  • 1073671Erica Landin Sounds like a range I would like to try! Haven't seen any Brazilian wines on the shelves yet but considering your description of them (and the reduced use of chemical treatments) it sounds like there would be more than one wine from Brazil to fit my palate!


  • 242981Jake Pippin This is so very interesting! I would love to try some Brazilian wines. No idea where to find them in NYC yet, but I will keep a look out.


  • 1002726captainspaceman I got all the answers right...and I've never tasted a Brazilian wine in my life... but that is about to change


  • 806279KatieCav I live in Baltimore and we have Vinicola Salton wines. I highly recommend their Tannat, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot and Flowers which is an interesting blend of Gewurztraminer, Malvasia and Moscato Giallo. The importers do a lot of in store wine tastings here and in D.C., VA and PA. I believe they are the exclusive Brazilian importer for the east coast. They have a Facebook page as well. https://www.facebook.com/AMimports?...


  • 760009Renato Martinelli A special grape in Brasil now is Merlot. The Merlot is a emblemátic grape for the best wine. Our Sparkling wines are very important.


  • 760009Renato Martinelli There is a pretty new vineard caled Luis Argenta. It is a beautiful company and they do amazing wines.


  • 806279KatieCav Renato, I completely agree with you . I love Merlot coming out of Brasil right now. Very deep and creamy in an elegant way.


  • 1126874Rômulo Bittencourt Pereira It sounds very nice when a foreigner comes to Brazil, try our wines and then write a honest article. But on contrary, it sounds very bad when some brazilians wine lovers come and then post opinions based on direct comparisons between Brazilian wines and imported wines, talking about price, quality... This is a unfair comparison, specially because reflects a straight vision of reality! Brazilian wineries have invested a lot of money in the last 20 years to produce quality while some imported wines are horrible, specially when we compare wine range of R$ 10,00 and R$ 40,00 - exactly that range of wines where supermarkets and importers are making a lot of money! In fact, if you are a businessman with some budget, you can fly to Argentina or Chile and buy a entire harvest, put a personal label and bottle in Brazilian territory. To sell wine is a good business in Brazil, because most of brazilian people is not familiar with wine culture, but now, have money to spend with luxury. Wine culture is familiar only in the south, where you find small wineries that most of Brazilian wine lovers in the rest of the country, even don't know. São Joaquim, Santa Catarina and Campanha Gaúcha, Rio Grande do Sul, are the best terroirs in Brazil, where you find preciosities like the red from Routhier & Darricarrère, the only french family producing in Brazil, called Província de São Pedro - Lote II. A Brazilian "Bordeaux" light, rubi, biodynamic and ballanced Cabernet Sauvignon (Campanha) and the Moscato Giallo from Vinícola Santa Augusta, a white wine commended with decanter world wine 2012, strong, complex with tropical notes... as you can see, we have good wines too!


  • 1131866festpablo Who the fucking hell do this questionary!? He never visit Brazil or taste wine Brazil before. Syrah is a traditional grape in Brazil, produced in San Francisco Valley, Pernambuco, so that produce simple, but good wines. I recommend TerraNova, but is not a Parker Wine, ok. Pay attention, please! It's a wine that represent the terroir, a different terroir and thus have a personality. At Vale dos Vinhedos you can find big alcoholic and potent wines, like Chile, but you have to walk and search.Example Barcarola wines, Pizzato Wines and specilly Larentis. And not only, Brazil have news terroir and technology to produce great and big wines, who lives 20 years. And the new terroirs: Campos de Cima, São joaquim, Canela, Gramado,, etc. And news are coming, including some winery that's using the trellis system, and producing incredible wines. Sorry if forgot the name. A interesting tv programing it's a great way to take news and knows about brazilian wines, but, it's in portuguese. Search in google: E Por Falar em Vinhos.


  • 1105166Steve Mirsky Can't wait for the tasting event!


  • 89065Gregory Dal Piaz Hi Festpablo. I made the quiz. I have visited Brazil I have tasted Brazilian wine. Maybe traditional is not the best word, perhaps historical would have been better but your response here is reason enough to ban you fromt he site. But I won't do that, I will however tell you to get your facts right before acting like a fool. Trust me, you do yourself no favors by your silly posturing.



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