6 regions that wine lovers need to know

Admit that you have never associated Brazil with wine.  We guess that even Brazilians do not do that, as they are more Caipirinha and beer lovers, however, you may all be positively surprised. Brazil is the third country in South America in terms of the vineyard area

Vineyards are concentrated in the southern part of the country, where the climate is better suited to wine-growing. Important growing regions are: São Paulo, Santa Catarina and the most important of them, Rio Grande do Sul, neighboring Uruguay.

The first wines were brought to Brazil by the Portuguese in 1532. They have planted them in the state of São Paulo. The Spanish wines were brought to Brazil in 1626 by the Jesuits. What is more, the settlers from the 18th century Azores brought vine plants from Madeira and the Azores.

 

If you are a wine lover or just like the taste of it and want to experience something new, there are a few regions in Brazil which we recommend visiting and attending the guided tours offered by the vineyards. We have listed them below with short descriptions.

 

  • Bento Gonçalves

 

Bento Gonçalves is a city ​​in southern Brazil, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. It is also the second-largest wine region in Brazil and what is interesting – the first in terms of the quality of the wine. It was established in 1870 and inhabited by Italian emigrants (hence the wineries). 

Once you get to the wineries, you can take part in the guided tours and learn more about the process of winemaking. Tasting of the wine is also included. In some of the wineries, there are small inns and restaurants which is a nice bonus. 

 

  • Garibaldi 

Garibaldi is a small town in the south of the country. The city’s population reaches 28,714 people, most of them of Italian origin. The city is famous for its production of wine and champagne. The name Garibaldi is a tribute to the Italian revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi and his Brazilian wife Anita Garibaldi. 

If you are a fan of sparkling wines, you may find it interesting that Moët & Chandon produce their sparkling wines there. The warm climate in Garibaldi is perfect for the production of sparkling wines which are appreciated by Brazilians.

  • São Roque

São Roque is known as the “Land of Wine”. You will find a few wineries there which offer tours and of course wine tasting. The winery that we recommend visiting is the Góes Winery (Vinícola Góes). During the guided tour, you will learn everything about the wine starting from the history of the vineyard, aromas, flavors and ending at the process of how the wine is packed.

 

  • Lagoa Grande

In the city of Lagoa Grande in the state of Pernambuco, about 50 km from Petrolina, most of the local wineries are located on the river bank – landscapes with a glass of wine in hand are breathtaking. A great option is the Rio Sol winery which offers several types of tours. You can book the whole day experience or just lunch there. You can even schedule a tour during sunset when you can admire the unique scenery of the São Francisco river. Visit their website and learn more about the offer of this amazing place.

 

  • Amparo

In the municipality of Amparo, 150 km from the capital of São Paulo, you will find the Terrassos vineyard. You can take part in the guided tour which is around 40-50 minutes long and includes the tasting of 7 kinds of wines. It is a great option for those who like to eat well and admire beautiful views. Just take a look at those pictures. Amazing!

  • São José dos Pinhais

São José dos Pinhais is a city in Paraná – part of the Metropolitan Region of Curitiba. You will find Italian restaurants and cafes there and of course, the wine produced by the descendants of Italians.

 

You can go to these places by bus. All you have to do is visit the Brazil Bus Travel website and buy your ticket online. It is a recommended website that specializes in selling bus tickets for foreigners.

Pomerode: the most German city in Brazil

You may have heard of Blumenau – the city in Brazil which is proud of its German roots. However, there is another city which is a little bit ‘obsessed’ about it and it is situated about 30 minutes drive up north Blumenau – it is called Pomerode. The ‘obsession’ is positive of course and worth discovering. If you would like to learn more about the city and visit it during your stay in Brazil, this text is for you. We hope that you will find all the necessary information below.

Pomerode – the most German city in Brazil – how it all started

 

Let’s start from the beginning and explain when Germans came to Brazil. German-speaking immigrants came to Brazil in the early 19th century. They immigrated mainly from Germany, but also Austria, Switzerland and Russia. Several groups also came from Spanish-speaking Latin American countries. At first, however, they did not identify themselves as one ethnic group for several reasons. 

At the entry road to Pomerode, you will notice the sign ‘the most German city in Brazil’. Pomerode taking its name from the Latin word Pomerania meaning maritime region (from which most of its founders come from) shows that it takes its german character very seriously from the very beginning – the entry gate called Portal Turístico do Sul. You can find the tourist information office located in this stone tower and see a monument from 1974 dedicated to German pioneers who arrived here in 1863.

 

Pomerode has only 30,000 inhabitants. It’s quite a small town that you can visit entirely in one or a few days – you can do it for one weekend, to be honest. But do not think it will lack tourist attractions – on the contrary – it has a lot to offer for everyone. If you are traveling with kids, you will not be disappointed as well.

 

How to get there

 

You can easily reach Pomerode by travelling by bus. It is the cheapest way and also very comfortable. You can go there from São Paulo and travel during the night choosing the ‘leito’ option (sleeping bus). It is better to buy the bus tickets in advance just to be on the safe side. All you have to do is click here and choose the best option for you.

 

What to see 

 

There are plenty of places that you can visit there. We will list a few that we definitely recommend visiting during the weekend. 

 

Rota do Enxaimel is one of Pomerode’s biggest tourist attractions. In this rural area of the city where you can find around fifty buildings which are all listed as historical heritage. Enxaimel is an old style of building that was very common in Pomerania. If you are a fan of German history, architecture and culture, this is a must-see for you. 

 

Pomerode Zoo started as the first private zoo in Brazil created in 1932. Nowadays, it has no less than 1300 animals of 225 different species. It is an amazing ride not only for children but also for adults. We are sure that you will remember it for the rest of your life.

Another tourist attraction that we recommend visiting with children is Vila Encantada. You will find dinosaur replicas there and be able to play paleontologists. You can also see huge insects and pirates. It is definitely a paradise for little ones seeking for adventures.

 

Casa do Imigrante (the Immigrant House Museum, Carl Weege) is a place where you can learn about rural life in the countryside in the past. Thanks to the tour, you will see the daily life of the families of the settlers of the region, through the rich collection of objects, household items, furniture, documents and clothing.

 

Something for the adults – Cervejaria Schornstein. The Schornstein brewery produces very high-quality craft beer. It is possible to visit the factory and go through a tasting process. Perfect during the hot weather.

We hope that you have enjoyed reading a few facts and tips about this unique place in Brazil. We wish you a pleasant stay. Don’t forget to share your experience in the comments below.