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The climatic diversity typical of a continental country and creativity of the Brazilian people, known for their ability to reinvent everything, have led the country to develop a completely original vitiviniculture. The European tradition, brought to Brazil by thousands of immigrants in the 19th Century, coupled with investments in innovation, also contributed to the construction of this unique character.

Each region developed their specialty, preparing labels with culture, typicity and their own features. In common, they show the freshness of a young industry, consisting of small producers (on average two hectares per family), who make light fruity wines with moderate alcohol content. This style, which has the real spirit of Brazil, has been discovered and increasingly admired around the world.

Brazil is currently the fifth largest producer of wine in the southern hemisphere and it is certainly one of the fastest growing markets in the world. There are over 1,100 wineries across the country, companies that have been gaining a reputation for the development of high quality labels, with special emphasis on sparkling wines. Both those made through the champenoise method and the light and aromatic ones made from Moscato grape have received numerous compliments from international critics. The secret lies in the outstanding balance of acidity shown by the grapes grown in the country.

But our red and white wines do not fall behind. Featuring overpowering aromas, they win consumers who are eager to have a new experience. For the Olympic Games in London, a Brazilian wine (made from Syrah, Gamay and Tempranillo) was chosen as one of the official labels of the event, an anticipation of the success that the Brazilian wine industry will have when the country hosts the next Olympics in 2016 and the  2014 World Cup.

The United States became the 4th largest export market for Brazilian wines in 2011, representing today 10.7% of all exports by Brazilian wineries in dollars and 14% in volume. They can be spotted in many wine friendly restaurants, wine stores and Brazilian steakhouses - another of the country’s specialties. Fans of the IndyCar Series might have already noticed that our wines are present in most of the races held in the United States as they sponsor the circuit along with other Brazilian products through a partnership with APEX (Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency).

Throughout 2012, American consumers have had a lot of opportunities to learn more about Brazilian wines. And the next events have already been scheduled. On October 11, to celebrate the culmination of a busy and successful year, we will host our Annual Tasting in New York City, with the participation of more than 15 Brazilian wineries. The day after, on October 12 at the Brazilian Consulate, we will host a day of Business Meetings to introduce new Brazilian wineries to importers. These meetings enable the wineries to talk one-on-one with potential importers.

Events such as these promotional tastings of Brazilian labels and trade agreements with major American distributors never cease to amaze the wine market in the United States.




– Description from Wines of Brasil

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Wine production began in Brazil with the Portuguese colonization back in the 1530’s around Sao Paolo. Jesuit priests planted more vines in the Rio Grande do Sul in the 1620’s. But the main boom in wine production arrived in the late 19th century with a wave of Italian immigrants, who hailed from the Trentino and Veneto. They were drawn by the similarity in climate and terroir of the Rio Grande do Sul to their homeland and brought over plantings and styles.
Today, sparkling wines made in the style of Prosecco are still popular. In fact, sparkling wine has been a focal interest with international wine makers looking to set up shop in Brazil such as Moet and Chandon, Seagrams, Domecq and Martini and Rossi. 
South American hybrid varietals were once the main plantings for the sake of quantity and what were perceived as climate limitations. But European vinifera plantings eventually took over as quality viticulture became more focused and modernized to accommodate the weather. 
The Depression led to the rise of large scale wine cooperatives as a way for growers to earn money for their crops. One of them in particular became really huge: Vitinicola Aurora, which operates under the Marcus James (the label is the merging of the two names of an executive and son of an American business partner) bulk wine label. Due to high demand, their fruit is now mostly sourced from Argentina, though some is still grown in Brazil and owned by Constellation Brands. But in its heyday in Brazil from the 1980s to mid 90s it became one of the largest wine facilities in the world. 
Aside from these bulk wines, boutique wineries with consistently high standards of quality have been on the rise since the creation of the Brazilian Wine Institute, Ibravin, in the late 1990s. 
The wine regions of Brazil are:
*Vale de Sao Francisco
*Planalto Catarinense
*Campos de Cima de Serra
*Serra Gaucha (the largest region, which accounts for 90% of the country’s production, according to Ibravin, where most Vale dos *Vinhedos appellation labels are produced)
*Serra do Sudeste
Main grape varietals grown are for reds: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Tannat, Pinot Noir and Ancellota (an Italian Emilia Romagna varietal). For whites: Prosecco, Chardonnay, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Gewürtztraminer, Chenin Blanc, Malvasia and Riesling Italico. 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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Brazilian International Recognition The whole world is discovering Brazilian wine. Brazil has been developing an exceptional capacity for the production of quality wine. Nowadays, the country is regarded as one of the best regions in the world for growing grapes intended for the production of sparkling wines. Brazil has consolidated as the fifth largest producer of wines in the southern hemisphere. With a production foreseen of 3.2 million hectoliters, Brazil is only beaten by Argentina (14.8 million hectoliters), Australia (10.3 million), South Africa (8.9 million) and Chile (8.4 million). According to data from the International Organization of Wine and Vine (OIV), the wine production in Brazil will have a strong growth in the next years. The cultivated area, which used to have 66 thousand hectares in 2001, increased to 88 thousand in 2006. Even when its production is aimed at the domestic market, which has been on the rise since the beginning of this decade, Brazil has gained market share in several countries thanks to the actions to promote the Brazilian wine. Over recent years, the grape growing and wine making industry has made heavy investment in research and technology by developing advanced crop and production techniques, with labor qualification, acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment, renewal and expansion of vineyards, grapevines grown on grape trellises, and control of production, thus reducing quantity and improving grape quality. The result is impressive, and the recognition could not have been greater. Ever since 1995, Brazil has obtained over 1.600 distinctions in international contests with its wines. – Description from Hugo Sauaia

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