Everyone thinks of Brazil as a tropical country with beautiful beaches, Carnival, soccer and mulatas. But Brazil, one of the 10 largest economies of the world, also produces wine, and now many Brazilians enjoy wine as an aperitif, or social drink or with dinner. Brazil is a big and diverse […]
Brazilians favour cachaca and beer more than wine, but courageous Italian immigrants have been planting vineyards and making wine since their arrival in large numbers in the 18th century and later on. Although Brazil has a population of 180 million, the per capita wine consumption is approximately two litres, yet […]
Cachaca Despite its well-documented environmental and social problems, Brazil still has an exciting and intriguiging image across the world. The country is renowned for its soccer prowess, its fine beaches and spectacular annual carnival. However, its national drink cachaca has not enjoyed the same international success, and has not been […]
This most populous Portuguese-speaking South American country (190 million) has a chequered history in wine production and consumption.
European settlers, mostly Italians, were the first to plant vineyards to make commercial quantities of wine.
The catholic church missionaries were the first to plant vineyards for the production of communion services but the tropical climate of the country forced the planting of North American hybrids like catawba, aurora, and the like which yield undrinkable wine.