Vale dos Vinhedos

Brazil isn’t usually the first country that rolls off the palette of passionate oenophiles engulfed in wine-fueled debates, but those in the know are starting to rave about the outstanding award-winning sparkling wines, merlots and chardonnays produced in southern Brazil’s Vale dos Vinhedos.

Hard work, innovation and cooperative earth has catapulted mostly Italian immigrant families from novelty winemakers in the 1870s to heralded vintners 150-years-later – Vale dos Vinhedos has become one of Brazil's top wine destinations. More than 30 wineries, rural inns, and restaurants dot the Estrada do Vinho and Via Trento, a picturesque loop that stretches west of Bento Gonçalves.