This month we are heading to Brazil and just in time. This coming Saturday, September 7th, is Brazilian Independence Day. In Portuguese, they say Dia Da Independência. Brazil declared it’s independence from Portugal on September 7th, 1822. While the biggest celebrations are of course held in Brazil, any city with a large Portuguese community hosts something, particularly New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, London and many others.
The first photo here is of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. This famous statue on the peak of Mount Corcovado was finished in 1931. It stands 98 feet tall and its arms stretch 92 feet across. Many people when they think of Brazil think of Rio, beaches, Carnival and this statue.
This second photo is of course a soccer jersey, another key topic that everyone associates with Brazil – soccer. Did you know though that Brazil produces lovely wines in a number of different parts of the country? If not and you want to learn more, on September 14th, our Wine Pairing Weekend blogging group will be meeting up on Twitter at 8am PT/11am ET to discuss Brazilian wines. You’ve still a bit of time to go get a bottle and join us.
10 Key Facts About Brazilian Wines:
- Brazil has six main wine regions: Serra Gaúcha, Serra do Sudeste, Campanha, Campos de Cima da Serra, Planalto Catarinense and the Vale do São Francisco to the far North.
- The largest one is called Serra Gaûcha in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. Brazil, the world’s fifth largest country, has 27 states.
- Brazil has about 150 wineries of a large dimension and more than 1,100 small farms, approximately two hectares per family. “The area of vineyards covered with table and vitis vinifera varieties in the country amounts to approximately 89,000 hectares located from north to south,” according to the Wines of Brasil website.
- Brazil is the fifth largest producer in the Southern Hemisphere.
- Brazil has been producing wines since the beginning of its colonization.
- The first vines were brought to Brazil in 1532 by Martim Afonso de Souza, who came from Portugal with the aim of disseminating agriculture in the new colony.
- However it was the arrival of Italian immigrants, a process initiated in 1875, which really spurred growth in the sector.
- Many producers are making sparkling wines using a variety of grapes and production methods.
- There is no signature Brazilian grape as of today.
- The industry has undergone enormous changes in the past 15-20 years.
Brazil is making a name for itself as a wine tourism destination as well. To learn more about the wines and the state of the industry, please join us on September 14th.
How to join us:
- Send an email to tell me you’re in: Include blog url, Twitter handle, and any other social media details. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Find a bottle of Brazilian wine and pair it with a meal you choose. Write up your experience and get ready to post and share. But don’t post it yet!
- Send your post title to me by Thursday, September 12th at 12:00pm ET, to be included in the preview post. I will prepare a preview post shortly after getting the titles, linking to your blogs. Your title should include “#WinePW”
- Publish your post between Friday, September 13th and 8:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday, September 14th. You can always schedule your post in advance if you will be tied up that morning.
- Include links to the other #WinePW participants in your post, and a description of what the event is about. I’ll provide the HTML code that you can easily put in your initial post — which will link to people’s general blog url.
- Once all the posts are live, I’ll send updated code so you can update the permanent links to everyone’s #WinePW posts.
- Get social! After the posts go live, please visit your fellow bloggers posts’ to comment and share. We have a Facebook group for participating bloggers to connect and share, too.
- Sponsored posts are OK if clearly disclosed. Please be sure to disclose if your post is sponsored or if you are describing wine or other products for which you have received a free sample.
- Links for Wines of Brasil: http://www.winesofbrasil.com/en/
- Instagram: @brazilianwines
- FB: https://www.facebook.com/brazilianwines/
- Twitter: @winesofbrasil
- Hashtags: #winesofbrasil #sparklingwine #sparklingdestination