Italian Heritage, Brazilian Spirit


When a wave of Italian immigrants settled in Brazil in the late 1800s, they began planting vines and cultivating grapes for wine. Today's Brazilian wine makers have upped the ante and gone all in – marrying their old-world traditions with latest advances in wine technology to bring premium Brazilian wines to the forefront, and now to Central Market for Passaporte Brasil

"When you are in Serra Gaúcha there is an immediate parallel to the Piedmont region of Italy, it makes sense that the Italian immigrants of the late 19th century felt comfortable here," our head wine buyer, Chris, told me. When he and his team started looking for great Brazilian wines to bring back for our Passport event, this is the first area they started with, and there were a lot of great options to try. "In the last ten years, Brazilian wine makers have really focused on moving from table wine, to a premium product," the wines have an old-world European style to them.

When I asked the wine team the biggest challenge that they faced when finding wines in Brazil, the answer was "there is currently no rating system in Brazil, which meant we had to do a lot of tasting." (I know many people who would not see that as a challenge, per se.) And the biggest suprise? "The amazing number of sparkling wines." For me, it seems fitting that a country with such a celebratory nature would have an amazing collection of sparkling wines.  Chris also mentioned that in the next few years, "Brazil is sure to become a destination for wine travelers."

When all totaled, we will bring in wines from eight different vineyards, with multiple varietals from each vineyard, which is more Brazilian wine than any other US retailer has ever featured. Also joining us are the wine makers, so that you can hear the stories behind the wines from Salton, Brazil’s first official winery, Casa Valduga, Aurora, and Miolo, a winery with more than 2,000 acres under cultivation, among others. Below is the schedule for a tasting with Barbara Ruppel, from our trade partner Wines of Brasil, where wines from many vineyards will be available:
  • Austin North Lamar: 4/26 - 11am to 2pm; 4/27 - 4pm to 7pm
  • Austin Westgate: 4/26 - 4pm to 7pm; 4/27 - 11am to 2pm
  • Dallas Lovers Lane: 4/28 - 12pm to 3pm 
  • Dallas Preston Royal: 4/29 - 4pm - 7pm
  • Fort Worth: 5/3 - 4pm - 7pm
  • Houston: 4/25 - 4pm - 7pm
  • Plano: 5/3 - 11am to 2pm
  • San Antonio: 4/24 - 4pm - 7pm
  • Southlake: 4/30 - 4pm - 7pm
Be sure to check the store event calendar for the other tastings and classes at your store.
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Garry wrote on 4/24/2013 6:30:49 PM

Ditto Laura & Husband. I am American & my wife is from Canoas. Very close to Porto Alegre. Welcome to USA. Thank You CENTRAL MARKET for this. I am eager to attend. Don't disappoint me. :-) JOKING....no disappointments at CM.

Laura wrote on 4/13/2013 5:48:07 AM

My husband and I just moved to San Antonio from Brazil (near the Serra Gaucha in Porto Alegre). I'm so delighted about the festival and all the delicious wines you'll have... I haven't found any other stores here selling wine from Brazil.

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