Brazilian Wines

Find out about the traditional wines commonly found throughout Brazil...

Brazil produces wine in large quantities, though Brazilian wine is not as well-known as wine produced by Chile and Argentina. Some Brazilian wines are well regarded and have won medals at international events. Typical Brazilian producers include Marcus James and Miolo.

The southernmost region of Brazil is considered the only area with the climate and geography to produce good quality wine. The Serra Gaúcha region is the most well-known for wine growing, producing a number of wines that have won prizes at prestigious wine events. In other regions, large quantities of very sweet wines are produced. Brazilians may refrigerate these reds. Wine is not commonly consumed in bars or cafes, even as an accompaniment to meals, as many Brazilians prefer beer, caipirinha or other drinks.

Supermarkets stock a range of home-produced and imported wines from Argentina, Chile, France, Portugal and Italy, amongst others. Standard sized bottles are 750ml; half bottles of more exclusive or imported wines are usually available. Some Brazilian wines are available in five-liter containers. Many larger supermarkets now have trained staff to advise on characteristics of wines and compatibility with different foods. This all indicates a general increase in interest and awareness in this area among Brazilians of different age and income groups, which is being catered for by the larger retailers. Boutique wine shops are rare.

As with beer, Brazilian wine quality is improving gradually and some small producers are showing that very good wine production is possible. Brazil is producing, although in small quantities, wines that can compete internationally.

Beer and Wine Glossary

Beer Cerveja
Draft Beer Choppe
Red Wine Vinho Tinto
White Wine Vinho Branco
Dry Seco
Semi Dry Demi Seco
Sweet Suave

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Information prepared by Andrew Howitt, British Guild of Beerwriters e-mail