Cave Geisse

Cave Geisse is unique among our suppliers in that its owner, Mario Geisse, is Chilean. Back in 1976 he left his native country, where he had been Master Winemaker at the Casa Silva winery, to manage Moet & Chandon’s Brazilian operations. Then in 1979 he left to set up his own business, which he had always intended would produce sparkling wines. Its wines are popular with people looking for the best South American wines.

After spending several years exploring potential sites for his vineyard, Mario ended up in a wonderfully scenic area known as Pinto Bandeira in the Vinhos de Montanha (‘Wine Mountains’ ), to the south of Bento Gonçalves. The site sits at an average 800m altitude, is well drained and enjoys plenty of sun – in other words, near perfect for small scale fizzy wine production.

Mario Geisse and his son Daniel focus on producing just two, noble grape varieties: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This disciplined approach, coupled with a refusal to chase volume production, are characteristic of their quality-driven business.

Another interesting aspect of the company is its employment practices. Rather than hire an individual worker, they employ his or her whole family. Geisse builds a house specifically for each family, at no cost to them, but in return is rewarded with that family’s labour in and around the vineyard.

Geisse’s small scale is reflected in its modest export sales, to date. However, Go Brazil believes it is fortunate to have secured an agreement wth the family for importation rights into the UK and Ireland. Indeed, our confidence in Cave Geisse products seems to be well placed: the USA Wine Enthusiast magazine commented in November 2010 ‘the finest producer of sparkling wines in the region, hands down, is Cave Geisse ‘. It continued: ‘Brut, Natural and Rose Cave Geisse would all score in the 90s on any critic’s score card.’

Latest News August 2011: Wines just arrived!

Go Brazil is delighted to confirm that we are stocking the range-topping Cave Geisse Nature Terroir 2006 and Cave Geisse Brut Rose 2006. In addition we have taken delivery of two sparkling wines from Geisse’s second, ‘Amadeu’-branded line: an attractively priced brut and brut rose methode champenoise from the 2009 vintage. See tasting notes for all wines below.

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How to Buy

Trade customers can obtain Brazilan wine by Cave Geisse from our warehouse in London.

A selection of Cave Geisse sparkling wines can be ordered from our partners at South American Wines Online for delivery to Norfolk,Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and to the UK.

Wines from this winery

Cave Geisse Brut Rose 2012

12.5% Abv.

Traditional Method
100% Pinot Noir
24 months lees ageing
Pale onion skin colour. Nose shows summer fruits with hint of citrus and white flowers. Persistent bubbles, medium mousse
Mousse is soft on palate. Some ‘bubble gum’ sweetness overlays light strawberry fruit. Medium length finish.
Serve this pink fizz from South America well chilled.

Cave Geisse Extra Brut Tradicional 2011

12.5% Abv.

Traditional Method
50:50 Chardonnay / Pinot Noir blend
30 months lees ageing

Very bright and clear with a fine, persistent bubbles and elegant mousse. Good autolytic character on nose: pronounced biscuit and brioche aromas. Palate is rich: buttery, peachy, toasty. Very dry too, with hint of candied fruit. Very long, finishes with a sherbet spritz.

Ideal for a wedding, this sparkling wine is almost Champagne like – high quality Brazilian bubbly!

Geisse Terroir Nature

Cave Geisse Terroir Nature 2009

12.5% Abv.

IWC 2011 Commendation

Methode Champenoise sparkling wine, 68% Chardonnay and 32% Pinot Noir. 36 months maturation on lees.

Bright straw colour with intense, persistent fine bubbles (‘perlage’). White flowers, apricot, apple and yeastiness on the nose. Honeyed and crystalised fruit on the palate. This South American white sparkling wine is full bodied, with a generous mouth fill and long lingering finish.

Geisse Brut Rose

Cave Geisse Rose Brut 2009

12.5% Abv.

Methode Champenoise sparkling wine, 100% Pinot Noir. 36 months maturation on lees.

Clear, characteristic onion skin colour with dark caramel highlights. These champagne style wines have very small, intense and persistent bubbles. Complex but delicious nose, touches of honey, hazelnuts and red fruits, with strawberry aromas especially pronounced. Delicious creamy mousse, palate shows more red fruits, brioche, toast and honey.

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Amadeu Rose Brut 2012

12% Abv. Residual sugar 10gm / ltr.

Methode champenoise, made entirely from Pinot Noir grapes. Minimum 18 months bottle maturation.

Intriguing russet-red colour, showing excellent bubbles and plenty of red fruit on the nose. Refreshing acidity on the palate, with ripe strawberry flavours and good mouth fill. This is an airy versatile pink sparkling wine from Brazil which would make a great party or wedding wine or perhaps served with lighter foods or as a digestif.

Amadeu Brut Champenoise 2012

12% Abv. Residual sugar 10gm / ltr.

Methode champenoise, 80% Chardonnay & 20% Pinot Noir  Minimum 18 months bottle maturation.

Pale yellow-gold with fine, persistent bubbles. Pronounced nose of mature fruits, especially apple and pear, with floral hints. Well rounded with more fruit on the palate, good balance between alcohol and acidity, and a long finish. Serve these Brazilian sparkling whites as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to white meat or fish dishes.