Many wines of South America have links to other parts of the world. Another Brazilian wine business of Italian origin, Pizzato Vinhos & Vinhas (to give the full name) originally produced wine from the Bonarda grape, which they had imported from their homeland. Curiously, it was a doctor at the local hospital that who started to prescribe the wine as treatment against typhoid !
Much later, in the 1960s, the business relocated to its current address in the Vale dos Vinhedos. However, the wines produced at that time were either destined for re-sale to other, larger wineries ( e.g. Aurora – see above ) or retained for family consumption. The modern company, still family owned, was founded in 1998 and the first vintage followed in 1999. For this reason Pizzato’s flagship wine, a single varietal Merlot, was named ‘DNA99′. All plantings are now owned outright by the family, while the winemaking is in the hands of two brothers, Ivo and Flavio Pizzato. Their focus is on red wines, although a chardonnay and a couple of sparkling white wines are also produced. For this reason, in Q1 2011 Go Brazil launched three of their best reds in the UK, of which the 2005 Reserva Tannat has perhaps the most interesting commercial potential.
Look out also for Pizzato’s stylish monochrome labels: very linear, clean and contemporary, not unlike their winemaking philosophy. All bottles are individually numbered and supplied with a natural cork closure.
Visit the winery website: www.pizzato.net
How to Buy
Brazilian wine from the Pizzato winery is available to the trade from our warehouse in London.
A selection of Pizzato red and white wines is available from stockists of the wines of South America, South American Wines Online, for delivery to Essex, Norfolk,Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, and to the rest of the UK.
Wines from this winery
Produced 100% from Merlot.
Lovely deep russet pink colour. Fresh, strawberry nose with just a hint of caramel. Soft summer fruits on a dry palate. Easy drinking.
Drink young, either on its own or serve with seafood, fish or salads. Screwcap.
NAME: PIZZATO RESERVA TANNAT 2009
APPEARANCE: Very deep garnet red
AROMAS: Pronounced red berry fruit with some oakiness and traces of coconut, nutmeg and cinnamon
TASTE: Elegant blend of concentrated ripe red fruits showing oak, vanilla and spicy notes. Full bodied; tannins have softened over time, so wine feels well rounded.
FOOD PAIRING: Particularly suited to venison and other well flavoured red meat dishes
OVERALL: Bold, rich and concentrated with excellent ageing potential
£ 19.00 / bottle ( £ 114.00 / case x 6 )
NAME: PIZZATO DNA’99 MERLOT 2008
APPEARANCE: Deep garnet red
AROMAS: Ripe red berry fruit with notes of coffee, cacao and vanilla
TASTE: Rich concentration of red fruits with dried plum and some spiciness. Full bodied; elegant and supple, with soft tannins and a very long finish
FOOD PAIRING: Decant, then serve with either steak, roasts or strong cheeses
OVERALL: Pizzato’s flagship wine, produced only in the best vintages, and arguably the finest red produced in Brazil
£ 45.00 / bottle ( £ 270.00 / case x 6 )
NAME: PIZZATO GRAN RESERVA CONCENTUS 2009 ( Merlot/Tannat/Cab Sauv blend )
APPEARANCE: Deep garnet-red
AROMAS: Enticing mix of mocha, spices and plum all apparent on nose
TASTE: Concentration of red berry fruit with touch of vanilla or caramel on long, fresh finish. Elegant and supple, with tannins, acidity and fruit all very well balanced. Made in the best vintages only – just 3000 bottles produced in 2009!
FOOD PAIRING: Decant, then serve with roast beef or lamb
OVERALL: Superlative food wine – and still improving!
£ 29.00 / bottle ( £ 174.00 / case x 6 )
NAME: FAUSTO TANNAT 2010
APPEARANCE: Originally a deep purple-black colour but now slightly lighter with age
AROMAS: Attractive perfumed dark fruits with some oaky and leathery notes
TASTE: Richly concentrated black fruits overlaying spice and coffee flavours. Medium- to heavy bodied but supple nonetheless, with noticeably well rounded tannins.
FOOD PAIRING: Spicy or very well seasoned red meat dishes, especially beef or venison
OVERALL: Delicious! A very approachable example of this relatively unknown French grape variety
£ 14.00 / bottle ( £ 84.00 / case x 6 ) Sorry, no stock currently available but new vintage ( 2015 ) arrives February!
NAME: FAUSTO CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2012
APPEARANCE: Deep purple-red
AROMAS: Typical varietal nose showing mint, blackcurrant, cedar, eucalyptus and oak
TASTE: Dry, with warm, rich concentration of red plum and cherry fruit and savoury olive flavours. Medium bodied, oaked, with rounded tannins and just a tiny hint of spice
FOOD PAIRING: Steaks, stews, roasts or medium strength cheeses
OVERALL: A punchy and versatile all-rounder
£ 14.00 / bottle ( £ 84.00 / case x 6 )
NAME: FAUSTO MERLOT 2013
APPEARANCE: Deep garnet red
AROMAS: Ripe red berry fruits with some ‘leatheriness’ from barrel ageing
TASTE: Lovely concentration of damson and plum fruit with traces of licorice or spice. Also some earthy, savoury notes. Dry with soft tannins, wine will benefit from opening in advance!
FOOD PAIRING: Try with pizza, pasta, risottos, lighter meat dishes and mild cheeses
OVERALL: A versatile all-rounder, drink by the glass or match with dishes above
£ 14.00 / bottle ( £ 84.00 / case x 6 ) Sorry, no stock currently available but new vintage ( 2016 ) arrives February!