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Brazil is situated close to the equator, because of which the climate here is very hot and humid. It is quite difficult to grow vines in this climate. As a result, you will find vine cultivations only in the southern part of Brazil, which is quite far from the equator and close to other wine-rich countries such as Argentina and Uruguay. Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost state of Brazil accounts for 90% of the wine production in Brazil.

The Serra Gaucha region in this state is the most important winemaking area in this southernmost state and the area is known for producing full-bodied casual red wines that are crafted here. One of the famous types of wine that is made here is sparkling wine. The Brazilian culture and sparkling wines make for an excellent combination. Traditional, charmat and muscat styles are used for the vinification process in Brazil.

Today, there are close to 10000 hectares where vines are cultivated in Brazil. Around 150 wineries produce all types of wines here. If you want to get a true flavour of the culture and the Brazilian wines, you should visit the Brazilian Wine Country, situated at a distance of around 2 hours from the Porto Alegre airport. It is one of the most famous places in the country for wine tourism.

Red and white wines are crafted in equal numbers in the appellations of Brazil. Merlot is the most common grape varietal grown here, but Brazil is also home to other varietals such as Chardonnay, Italian Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Muscat and Tannat. Tannat, though popular in the neighbouring country of Uruguay, is quite popular in Brazil as well for its complex and strong flavours. Among sparkling wines,  Although there are many sweet varieties produced, the locals of Brazil prefer dry sparkling wines during the usual days and during the times of the Carnival.

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