Brazilian Champagne

By | June 13, 2006

The waiting is over, Brazil enter the World Cup today, and as the bookies seem pretty convinced they’ll be staying a while I’d love to recommend some Brazilian wines for you to enjoy as you watch.

Surprisingly Brazil does make some pretty good wines made in the far south of the country. There’s a small community of winemakers whose ancestors travelled there from Italy over 100 years ago.

I had the chance to try a few recently at the LIWSF. They were being enthusiastically marketed by young Brazilian women playing keepy-uppy in Brazilian kit, which meant that people noticed the stand, but no men seemed capable of tasting the wine. A shame as some of it was pretty good.

In readiness for footballing celebrations they make some good Champagne style wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which they can and do sell as Champagne in Brazil. There’s also a good range of Brazilian Prosecco sparkling wines too.

Unfortunately no-one is importing Brazilian wines into the UK yet, so right now the only way to try them is get a friend to bring one over, or visit a tasting held by one of the producers seeking representation.

Maybe by the next World Cup we’ll be able to pick up a bottle of Brazilian wine at a supermarket alongside those from Chile and Argentina.