Wines: Some Favourites From Brazil

While Brazil is a mainly tropical country, with numerous beautiful beaches, the south of the country experiences cold winters, with frosts and even snow occurring regularly.


A large number of Brazilian wineries actually date back to the late 19th century and produce excellent wines, especially in the hilly ‘Serra Gaúcha’, which is the key region for high quality wine production. Many labels from here are recognised internationally and, indeed, are exported to countries worldwide, including the UK. 

The Serra Gaúcha region represents 85-90% of all fine wine productions in Brazil. The main white grape varieties include Chardonnay, Moscato, Malvasia and Riesling Itálico, while the reds are well represented by Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Pinot Noir. Several more, lesser known varieties, are planted. Modern technology is applied to the viticulture and process of winemaking.

With Italian heritage, the Don Guerino winery has been wowing the UK in recent years with their best -selling Malbec ‘Vintage’ (13.5% vol) production, having a very attractive deep red colour, verging on purple. With fresh and most pleasant ‘country notes’, for the bouquet, I found this wine to be well-balanced, whilst evoking thoughts of dark-coloured fruits, to give a medium-body, for the smooth flavour and aftertaste. A splendid red wine production, from old bush vine grapes. Superb with casseroles, mushroom dishes and red meats. 

The Geisse winery was founded in 1979 by Mario Geisse. A family business, their focus nowadays is on traditional method sparkling wines. The Geisse Brut Cave Amadeu Rosé (12% vol) is produced entirely from Pinot Noir grapes and typifies the finesse of Geisse wines. This rosé has a delicate pink rose colour to greet the eye. The bouquet of ripe, red, soft summer fruits entice to the mouth’s pleasures. I would describe the 100% Pinot Noir taste to be dry and fresh. The perlage is fine and persistent. Great for pre-dining and to pair with starters, plus fish dishes and, of course, most certainly, for celebratory times.

As always,


Trevor Langley


Independent Restaurant and Wine reviews. Trevor is not associated with any of the products or venues featured.


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