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Vale dos Vinhedos

Winegrowing area (valley of the vineyards) in Brazil; look there.

The colonization of the vast country in South America began in the mid-16th century by the Portuguese, who planted the first vines in 1532 in the Sao Paulo region. In 1626 the Jesuits came and cultivated Spanish vines in Grande do Sul. But after the destruction of the Jesuit missions, viticulture was abandoned. Of the oenologist Auguste de St. Hilaire had already urgently recommended in 1800 to the south on the border with Uruguay planting European grape varieties, but this was ignored for almost 200 years. Around 1840, the hybrid vine was Isabella introduced in Rio Grande region. Although this only provided simple wines, but tolerated that climate, A meaningful viticulture development gave again only from the year 1875 by Italian immigrants, which brought their native vines with. Because of the difficult climate one experimented with many grape varieties, but only after the First World War and Vinifera varieties were used. Large international multinationals started new initiatives in the 1970s, among others Bacardi-Martini. Cinzano, Heublein, Martini & Rossi. Moët et Chandon (Winery Chandon Brazil), Domecq and Seagram.

In the meantime, there are major improvements in viticulture and technology that have led to internationally acclaimed sparkling, white and red wines. Last but not least, the FIFA World Cup held in Brazil in June / July 2014 also contributed to this. The winery Lidio Carraro is with the line "Faces" official supplier of the World Cup. The red wine is designed based on a football team of 11 grape varieties. Other well-known producers are Casa Valduga, Cooperativa Vinícola Aurora, Cooperativa Vinícola Garibaldi, Domno, Miolo, Pizzato, Salton, ViniBrasil, Vinícola Basso and Vinícola Perini. Viticulture is mainly used in the more temperate, equatorferneren zones. The largest area with about 70% of the vineyards is the state of Rio Grande do Sul in the hills around Bento Gonçalves...

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