Billed as a ‘warm-up’ event for the FIFA World Cup in 2014, Brazilians are keeping their fingers crossed for this year’s Confederations Cup, a mini “champion of champions” football competition. Not only are several of the six stadia far from ready for the June kick-off, but there are ongoing concerns about local transport and infrastrusture.
This annual trade fair, held from 25-26th March in Duesseldorf, continues to grow and arguably has overtaken LIWF in its importance to the international wine trade. Go Brazil will at the show to meet our suppliers, negotiate with new ones and – of course – sample the latest releases. We’re especially interested in what the 2012s have to offer, as growers were
For the very first time Wines of Brasil, represented in the UK by JK Marketing, will be showing at the upcoming independent importers tasting evnts in Manchester ( 25th Feb ) and Lonodon ( 27th Feb ). Wines from three producers in Go Brazil’s portfolio will be available to taste and we will be on hand at the London event to answer your questions.
The ever popular Three Wine Men nationwide road arrives at Lord’s this weekend, 8-9th December, having made numerous pit-stops around the country, including in Manchester, Cardiff and Edinburgh, and delighting a discerning public with its offering of unusual, non-supermarket wines.
We are delighted to report that one of the very wise men, Olly Smith, recently chose to mention Go Brazil in his Mail on Sunday column. Cheers Olly – we look forward to sharing a glass or two with you at the HQ of cricket !
Latest news: Harrogate is added to the list of venues for 2013
For more info please read here: http://threewinemen.co.uk/2013-events/
GoBrazil ventured up to the North East recently for this dedicated foodie and wine-lovers event, held at the splendid Sage music and arts centre alongside the riverTyne.
We are indebted to Chris Powell, owner of the Newcastle Wine School, for the opportunity to host a Masterclass on Brazilian wines – and delighted with the positive reaction we received.
Our thanks to Chris too for providing a stand, where again our range of wines was much appreciated !
Please read more about theNewcastleWineSchooland its affiliates here:
The 2014 Street Child World Cup was formally launched at the Brazilian Embassy inLondon on 18th April. This is a global, charitable campaign which aims to give street children from all countries the protection and opportunities normally afforded to more fortunate children.
Its objectives are achieved through participation in football – a truly global sport – and art.
Following a successful inaugural competition inDurban,South Africa, which coincided with the FIFA World Cup 2010, the second edition will take place inRio de Janeiroin 2014, in advance of the World Cup tournament inBrazil.
Learn more here: http://streetchildworldcup.org/2012/04/horses-galloping/
We just had to give a mention to Alex, Alonso and Mauricio at our local Ipswich churrascaria:
The guys have not only developed Rios into one of the destination eateries in town, but after a year’s trading they recently opened a second outlet in Swindon ( don’t ask.. ) ! Their formula of Brazilian steakhouse where you ‘eat as much as you can for a fixed price’, has definitely found a niche in these recessionary times.
We wish them continued success !
More info here: http://www.riosbrazil.co.uk/
Go Brazil and our sister company, Varega Ltd., are delighted to announce a partnership with Major Events International ( MEI ), a market penetration company which assists companies to generate business via sporting events, such as the FIFA World Cup.
Their geographical reach extends globally, but they have particular strengths inBrazil, the Middle East,Russiaand other emerging markets. Varega, a consultancy business, also has specific experience in a number of these countries and will be cooperating with MEI on a number of projects in various industry sectors.
More info here: http://www.majoreventsinternational.com/
Our intrepid trio venture across the Severnto the land of rugby and male voice choirs..
Yes, the Three Wine Men ( Oz Clarke, Olly Smith & Tim Atkin ) are back from their summer break and, for the first time, their roadshow arrives inWales.
As always if you’re a committed oenophile or simply looking to broaden your wine horizons, pop down to the Parc Hotel in Cardiff to try and buy a varied and high quality range of non-supermarket ( = refreshingly different ! ) wines.
On the Brazilian table you’ll find a great selection of still and sparkling wines from Go Brazil.
For tickets and more info please visit: http://threewinemen.co.uk/events/october-cardiff/
Come and visit us on Stand B40 at this brand new consumer food & drink show, which is being held adjacent to Bluewater, one of the UK’s biggest shopping centres.
Our full range of Brazilian wines, including plenty of fizz, will be available to taste and buy - an added attraction (?) is a guest appearance from John & Greg of Masterchef fame.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Very disappointingly, the Isle of Wight Spring Garden Show was cancelled this year due to heavy rain.
The show, which was scheduled to have taken place on 28-29th April, incorporated a ‘Wine Zone’ and would have given the opportunity for visitors to have sampled an eclectic range of wines from around the world.
For those interested in trying our Brazilian wines, we will be exhibiting at Taste of London, The Three Wine Men and The Wine Show. Alternatively, please visit our Where to Buy section.
New to Brazilian wine?
No problem, here at Go Brazil we are well aware that people can get a little nervy when trying wine for the first time from a ‘new’ country. That’s why we exhibit regularly at consumer shows around the country, inviting visitors to try the samples on display, and doing our best to overcome any preconceptions that may exist about Brazil as a wine-producing nation.
Click here to see where we’re showing next:
- Three Wine men – The Parc Hotel – Cardiff – 6-7th October 2012 http://threewinemen.co.uk/events/october-cardiff/
- BBC Wine Show – Olympia – London 09-11th November 2012 http://www.bbcgoodfoodshowlondon.com/wine-show-0
- The Sage Gateshead Wine & Food Fair – 24th November 2012 http://thesagegateshead.org/event/wine-fair-24-11-12/
See what the wine critics are saying click:
Why not make your World Cup visit to Brazil even more special with a trip to a local winery? There are two main wine-producing areas in Brazil: the far South and the Northeast (red & orange zones on adjacent map).
Of the 12 host cities, Porto Alegre & Curitiba are suitable gateways for the South, while we recommend Recife and Salvador in the Northeast.
Remember: distances in Brazil are vast, so our advice is to stick to one or two cities and enjoy what the local region has to offer.
More handy World Cup tips – none of which you’ll find in any guidebook – will follow as we get closer to the tournament!
Michael Palin, of Monty Python fame, heads off to Brazil in a new BBC series starting on October 24th.
Although very well travelled, Palin has apparently never set foot in Brazil but in this four-part documentary he covers a huge amount of ground, ending up at the famous Iguacu Falls. Will he drink any of the local wine, we wonder ?
Pls add this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-19989037
In his 2012 pocket wine guide, renown wine presenter and critic Oz Clarke has identified Brazil as a ‘Region to Watch’.
Of nine sparkling wines highlighted he places Cave Geisse Brut Rose* in an impressive third position (pipped to the post only by Billecart-Salmon andCloudyBay).
Oz also places Brazil second out of eleven in a list of ‘new’ high quality wine-producing countries…
Listen to Oz’s comments following his visit to Brazillast year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eItCl7UxWeQ
*It is no coincidence that Cave Geisse’s sister wine, the Nature Terroir, was one of just 15 wines presented at by Jancis Robinson at the Wine Future 2011 Grand Tasting in Hong Kong…
Geisse’s burdgeoning reputation as Brazil’s top sparkling wine producer is well deserved. See here for more information: http://www.gobrazilwines.com/wineries/cave-geisse
Leading wine education company, Wine Educators International, will be presenting a tasting of Brazilian fine wines to the Lincoln Wine Society at the Bishop Grossteste University Collegeon February 21st.
WEI’s MD Martin Ward comments: ‘this is the next stop in our roadshow programme of tutored tastings in partnership with Go Brazil featuring a range of great wines and wineries from this very exciting wine country. The reaction from the groups hosted around the UK recently has been truly terrific! Contact us if you would like to book a tasting for your club or group.‘
For more information about this and future events, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The ever popular BBC Food Show drew an increased attendance to Olympia this year, with many visitors finding their way upstairs to the dedicated wine show area.
On the Go Brazil stand we were kept busy throughout the three days of the event, and were very encouraged both by the number of returning customers and the almost universally positive feedback from those who were trying Brazilian wine for the first time.
Our range of Brazilian wines continues to grow and we are proud to be launching in January 2013, among other lines, the first 100% Brazilian, 100% single varietal Sauvignon Blanc in the UK: Sanjo Nubio 2011.
Please see here for more info: http://www.bbcgoodfoodshowlondon.com/wine-show-0
News of this and other new arrivals will be posted online as we move into the New Year.
The Brazilian wine trade association, Wines of Brasil, has recently appointed JK Marketing as its PR and Marketing agency in the UK.
This represents a significant step forward, underlying both the emergence of Brazilian wine on the local market and the recognition of the need for a co-ordinated campaign to drive awareness further.
Go Brazil warmly welcomes these developments and we intend to work closely with both organisations.
JK Marketing: www.jkmarketing.co.uk
Wines of Brasil: www.winesfrombrazil.com
It’s official: the Brazilian economy is now the world’s sixth largest, having overtaken the UK at the end of 2011, according to various economic forecasting organisations.
Although China is a major export customer for Brazil’s iron ore and other minerals, it is largely the booming domestic market ( of nearly 200m ) which has been responsible for the high growth rates of recent years.
Indeed, forecasts suggest that within the next couple of years Brazil will go on to replace France as the world’s fifth largest economy.
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17272716
We’re at the Brighton Centre this weekend, exhibiting at the Gardens, Home & Lifestyle Show. You are warmly invited to try and buy a selection of our best Brazilian wines on Stand 400/402.
Very many thanks to all those who visited one or both of our Go Brazil stands at the recent Taste of London show in Regent’s Park.
We were delighted to have the opportunity to present our range of Brazilian wines to such a receptive audience, and hugely encouraged by the almost uniformly positive feedback from the public and trade customers.
SHOW OFFER: there’s still time to take advantage of our ToL discounted show prices and place your order through our partners, South American Wines Online. ( Deadline is July 9th 2012 ).
Call: 01444 459981 or visit: www.southamericanwinesonline.co.uk
Finally, we wish to place on record our thanks to Wines of Brasil, the trade association for Brazilian Wine Exporters (www.winesofbrasil.com), and the Embassy of Brazil inLondon, for their kind support during this event.
We are delighted to report that at an official reception to mark Prince Harry’s, and the British Olympic Committee’s, recent visit to Rio de Janeiro the toast to the young ‘Royal’ was made with sparkling wine, Arte Brut, from Casa Valduga.
See press release attached:
Our strategy of introducing Brazilian wine directly to a discerning public in the South East of England gains momentum this year. In the next three months Go Brazil will be exhibiting at the Brighton Centre (ETC Homes & Lifestyle Show), Bluewater (BBC Spring Good Food Show) and Regent’s Park (Taste of London). We also plan to have a presence at the Olympic Games, most probably in neighbouring Victoria Park, and we will be further increasing our consumer-oriented activity in the run-up to Christmas.
The great and the good of Europe’s wine industry will gather soon in Duesseldorf for the annual German trade fair.
Go Brazil will be in attendance too, mainly to catch up on news from our Brazilian suppliers and of course to sample the latest vintages.
Visit report to follow!
See full text of the Wall Street Journal Article here: Article Feb 11, 2012 (2)
Ruas & Praças is a Brazilian charity which helps street children in the Northeastern city of Recife.
In order to raise funds for their work in Brazil they are organising a charity bazaar in London on 25th February.
Entry is free and open to all – but visitors are requested to bring an article of vintage or old clothing to donate. See below for more info:
As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting Brazilian charities, we at Go Brazil are making a small donation of wine…
The results of a tasting of New World sparkling wines conducted by respected on-trade magazine, Imbibe, proved hugely encouraging for the Brazilians. Their average score of 70/100 was beaten only by Australia, Chile and a single Canadian entrant.
In its conclusions the magazine remarks: ‘South America, including surprise entrant Brazil, is definitely a place to watch as winemakers hone their skills and elegant styles begin to emerge’ – an observation with which we at Go Brazil unsurprisingly agree !
Great news from the recent 8th Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, where we learn that our Rio Sol Shiraz / Cab Sauv blend has been awarded a gold medal. The wine originates from North East Brazil at a latitude of 8 degrees South, making the vineyard the world’s closest to the Equator. Irrigation is necessary, but the lack of seasonality means that at least two vintages are possible annually ! Go Brazil also stock the sister wine, a clean and crisp Viognier/Chenin Blanc. More info here: http://www.gobrazilwines.com/wineries/rio-sol
Seasoned restaurateurs Jamie Barber (Hush, Kitchen Italia, Villandry and Sake No Hana) and David Ponté (Momo, Mocoto) have teamed up to launch CABANA: a relaxed, vibrant and affordable new Brazilian barbecue restaurant that has opened outlets recently in both Westfield Stratford City and Central St Giles, the latter a colourful new development just off Covent Garden designed by Architect Renzo Piano.
In additional to the traditional barbecue or ‘churrasco’, Cabana also offers customers a wide range of popular Brazilian snack foods, such as the ubiquitous – but delicious – coxinha, pao de queijo and pastel de palmito. And yes, our Dadivas Chardonnay ( see article below ) is available on the wine list. All in all: great value and strongly recommended !
We are very pleased to announce a new partnership between leading wine education specialists, WEI, and Go Brazil. Martin Ward, MD of WEI commented: “The team at Wine Educators International is delighted to have linked up with Go Brazil to present a series of tutored tastings to consumer and business groups around the UK over the coming months. We believe that this is the first such programme and certainly for the vast majority of those attending it will be the first time ever for tasting a Brazilian Wine! The tastings feature a range of 8 stunning wines from the Go Brazil range and will be presented by the professional educator team at Wine Educators International.”
Flushed with its IWC 2011 Bronze medal-winning success, the Dadivas Chardonnay from Lidio Carraro, Brazil’s foremost boutique producer, has emerged as our best-selling wine this year. The latest, 2011 vintage is now available in the UK. Unoaked ( as is the entire Carraro range ), this 100% varietal shows aromas of white flowers with tropical notes of pineapple and melon, good fresh acidity, a distinct minerality and a characteristically long finish. Miles away from a typical New World chardonnay and strongly recommended ! Try with white meats, seafood, pasta and salads.
Go Brazil are delighted to be supporting the ABC Trust ( Action for Brazil’s Children ), a charity which is dedicated to helping the most vulnerable children and young people in Brazilian society.
In conjunction with partners Symposium Wines and Wines4All, we will be supplying wines for a tasting at the Wills Gallery in Putney, London, on 5th November, the proceeds of which will go to the ABC Trust.
More details here: http://www.symposiumwines.com/shop/184-abc-tasting-putney
Founded in 1993, Happy Child is one of the leading and most experienced charities helping street children in Brazil. They work principally in the cities of Belo Horizonte, in the South East and in Recife, in the North East. Sarah de Carvalho, Managing Director of the charity, has written movingly about this complex and disturbing subject in her books ‘The Street Children of Brazil’ and ‘Solomon’s Song’.
A dinner in support of the Happy Child Charity is being held at the House of Commons on 17th November.
More information at: http://www.happychild.org/
Jancis Robinson MW, wine supremo and FT columnist, was the star guest at a recent tasting of ‘BRIC’-sourced wines at the Vintners Hall, London, in support of the EMpower childrens’ charity. Brazilian wine was well featured, and we were delighted to have been invited, by Bowes Wines, to supply fizz from Cave Geisse and Casa Valduga.
We are proud to announce our ever-popular Dadivas Chardonnay from Lidio Carraro won Gold medal for best white wine. Cave Geisse Brut Terroir 1998 has, coincidentally, been selected by Jancis Robinson as one of just 15 wines she’ll be presenting at the Wine Future 2011 Grand Tasting in Hong Kong, in November. She says these are ‘very high quality wines coming from some of the more established wine producing regions plus a handful from emerging markets such as Brazil, Turkey and China”.
Come and try some of our latest Brazilian releases at Vinopolis, London Bridge.
Brazil’s growing prominence as a producer of high quality sparkling wines was recognised with an invitation for Cave Geisse owner, Mario Geisse, to speak at the ISWS annual conference in November.
Geisse’s burdgeoning reputation in this field is being enhanced further by Jancis Robinson ( see article on Wine Future Hong Kong above ). Go Brazil recently introduced both the premium Geisse and entry-level Amadeu lines to the UK & Ireland.
Following rave reviews at this year’s London Wine Fair, Valduga’s 2007 vintage Cabernet Franc has arrived in the UK, joining the existing line-up of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay marketed under their ‘Premium’ label.
Herbaceous, with a hint of spice and traditional ‘pencil-shavings’, this robust wine enjoyed 8 months in French oak. Already purchased by the Savoy Hotel, London, so we hope it meets expectations..
This upmarket Italian-Brazilian delicatessen with cafe located in leafy Parsons Green, London, stocks delicious fresh and frozen delicacies sourced from across the globe.
Earlier this month Carminha de Castro, the owner of Emporio São Paulo, played host to some of the capital’s most prominent foodie bloggers, who write under intriguing nom de plumes such as ‘Tamarind & Thyme’, ‘Greedy Diva’ and ‘ Hot & Chilli’..
Carminha offered her blogger guests a delightful selection of home-made, traditional Brazilian dishes, such as feijoada and moqueca de pesce, followed by succulent brigadeiros ( sweetmeats ).
To accompany the meal Go Brazil offered its very own Casa Valduga Gran Reserva 130 Brut, a high quality methode champenoise sparkler, and a zesty unoaked Chardonnay from the same vineyard.
A select band of independent wine merchants, ‘The London Wine List’, presented an eclectic range of fine wines to the public at a recent event organised by wine tasting company The Dancing Vine.
Hosted by the Elysee Restaurant in London’s West End, guests were invited to taste some lesser known wines from a plethora of countries, including France, Germany Italy, Greece, Chile – and Brazil !
Online reseller Symposium Wines ( www.symposiumwines.com ) was on hand to offer tastings of Go Brazil’s award-winning Lidio Carraro’s Dadivas Chardonnay, together with their Agnus Merlot, as well as another, lighter Chardonnay from Casa Valduga.
Grays & Feather, a specialist supplier of sparkling wines, ( www.graysandfeather.com ) was also offering our Casa Valduga 130 Brut NV method champenoise fizz.
The Dancing Vine: www.dancingvine.co.uk
Billed as the ‘world’s greatest spectator polo day’, the Cartier International polo on 24th July this year hosts England v Brazil in the Coronation Cup.
Go Brazil, as well having supplied its wines for several of the pre-match Anglo-Brazilian events organised by the Guards Polo Club, is delighted to have been invited by leading PR company Branding Latin America to hold a tasting of fine Brazilian wines on their stand on 24th July.
Sincere thanks to all of you who braved the mud and monsoons at ToL to visit the Go Brazil stand!
We have made our wines available at a special ToL purchase price for a limited period only.
Go Brazil is delighted to announce that we’ll be exhibiting at Taste of London, from 16-19th June in Regent’s Park, London, a must-visit show for lovers of good food and wine.
Go Brazil are delighted to announce that our Concentus 2005 was shortlisted last week at the Taste of London 2011 wine awards, in the ‘Best Wine with Food’ category.
This prestigious wine competition, which attracts many thousands of entries from around the world, is held annually in London.
On 14th May leading wine magazine Decanter is hosting its ‘New World Encounter’ at the Landmark Hotel, Marylebone, London. Open to the public, this event is a rare opportunity to meet some 50+ producers, representing a dozen or so New World countries. Read more