Take a tourist to a Brazilian bar and he’ll almost certainly order one of our worldwide famous caipirinhas. But the list of high-quality Brazilian alcoholic beverages is by no means limited to the delicious mix of Cachaça, sugar, and lime. Brazil has another treasure that is being discovered little by little: domestic wines. While the country still lags behind Argentina and Chile, the Brazilian wine industry is beefing up and aiming at international markets.
The history of the Brazilian wine industry is deeply rooted in the 19th-century European immigration process—despite some early trials during the Colonial Period. Rio Grande do Sul—the state that concentrates 62.5 percent of Brazil’s vineyards—was also one of the epicenters of Italian immigration, with the wine culture that came along with it. Now, their heirs have become the country’s most important winemakers, such as leading brands Miolo, Salton, and Casa Valduga.