Sanjo Cooperativa Agrícola de São Joaquim

As Brazilian wine importers, Go Brazil supplies the trade with wines from Sanjo Cooperativa Agrícola de São Joaquim. Arriving in the city of Florianópolis, both an island and the bustling state capital of Santa Catarina, it is hard to believe that you are just several hours drive from a region which regularly record Brazil’s lowest temperatures ( around  -18C ! ). However, once on the mainland and heading due west, the road immediately climbs. It is a spectacular drive, with endless hairpin bends and great views back down across lush tropical valleys. At around 1000m the vegetation becomes noticeably sparser, and the air cooler. Depending on the time of year you may encounter fog, frost, ice or snow, and an upland landscape which is far from the typical image of Brazil.

Founded in the 1993, Sanjo is a co-operative located in the town of São Joaquim in the mountainous southeast of Santa Catarina state, employing around 300 workers. Many of the company’s 34 founders are Japanese immigrants, or descendants of Japanese immigrant families.

Geographically and commercially, São Joaquim lies at the heart of Brazil’s apple-growing industry: in fact, driving through the surrounding hills, virtually all you see is apple trees… And, appropriately enough, Sanjo is a leading player in the country’s market for apple juice and related products.

However it was in 2002, after extensive soil and climate analysis, and a substantial investment in modern winemaking equipment, that Sanjo established a winery to the north of its São Jaoquim HQ. Further investment in 2011 resulted in a vertically integrated facility, with a cellar capable of storing 1m bottles.

The 30 hectare vineyard, which employs 25,  is unusual for being situated at an altitude of between 1100-1400m ( approx. 3600-4600’ ), and experiencing very wide temperature variation. These factors result in a long growing season and the resulting wines are renowned for their fine, delicate aromas, with only moderate levels of alcohol.

Given these conditions, the harvest in the Serra Catarinense, as the region is known, does not normally take place until March or even April, at least a month later than would be expected in the more southerly state of Rio Grande do Sul. Although snow and frosts are common, perhaps the biggest danger to the crop is hail: consequently, many of the vines are covered in protective netting.

Go Brazil was the first UK company to import a 100% single varietal Sauvignon Blanc from Brazil and now, in March 2015, we are proud to launch in the UK the only single varietal Brazilian Malbec – both of which are sourced from Sanjo. Look out too for our new Sanjo Brazilian Cabernet Sauvignon and a lovely, understated semi-sweet sparkling Moscato!

Reflecting a long established tradition of Japanese agronomy in Brazil, the Sanjo range of wines is at once intriguing and impressive.

How to Buy

Brazilian wine by Sanjo can be collected by arrangement from our bonded storage facility in London.

A selection of Sanjo red, white and sparkling wines are available to order from Brazilian wine importers South American Wines Online, who offer delivery throughout the UK including Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.

Wines from this winery

Sanjo Nobrese Sparkling Moscato NV

7% Abv only! Residual sugar approx. 74 gm/ltr.

100% Moscato Giallo
Made using the Asti method ( single fermentation in stainless steel tank )
Very pale yellow in colour. Floral, fresh, orange blossom and citrus nose. Gentle mousse and plenty of small bubbles. Clean, fruity and fresh on palate. Good level of acidity- not tasting overly sweet. Light bodied, cleansing. Lingers a little on finish

Drink now – but will last a couple of years in good storage

This South American sparkling white wine is ideal for those who prefer sweeter wines, or serve as a digestif with meringues, fruit salad or dark chocolate puds.


Sanjo Nobrese Sparkling Chardonnay NV

12.5% Abv.

This South American sparkling wine is a blend of 85%-90% Chardonnay, plus a drop of Merlot & Cab Sauvignon.

This white sparkling wine from Brazil  is very pale in colour with greenish highlights, with plenty of mousse and decent small bubbles. Apples and pears on nose,  with hints of candied or dried fruit too. On palate, is clean, fresh and easy drinking but with hint of aromatic character. It is  consider as light to medium bodied.

A wine to drink now, served chilled, good as a party wine, with light starters  or white meat dishes.


Sanjo Nubio Sauvignon Blanc 2013

13.5% Abv.

Very light in colour, initial freshness on nose giving way to intriguing notes of ripe figs and mango. Dry, with hints of tropical fruit on a fullish palate, underpinned with aromas of bell pepper, herbs and spice. A mineral touch and zesty acidity lead into a lovely long finish.

This Brazilian white wine should be served well chilled on its own or as an accompaniment to fish, seafood, green salads or light chicken dishes.

Sanjo Nobrese Moscato NV

13% Abv.,

Blend: 100% Moscato Giallo

Nominally non-vintage, but wine is drawn from most recent vintage.

Very light yellow colour with greenish highlights. Intensely aromatic and floral nose, showing peach, lime and lychee. On palate,  medium-bodied, clean, with fresh acidity. Dry to off-dry; grapey and perfumed. Drink now – but good for at least 12 months.

Serve this South American white wine well chilled on its own or with light dishes, such as salads, seafood and grilled fish


Sanjo Nubio Malbec 2013

12% Abv.

100% Malbec
Around 10% of wine is aged in used French oak, for 4 months

Approximately 30,000 bottles produced

This Brazilian red is clear and bright, with a deep red-purple colour.
Nose is youthful with aromas of blackberries, cherries and ripe plums, underscored by a more subtle violet floral note, typical of this grape variety.
Light, ripe and fruity on palate, with red cherry flavours dominating; chocolate, mocha and vanilla hints all show through too.
Clean, refreshing acidity in good balance with smooth tannins, long finish.

Atypical Malbec, gentler and more delicate than many Argentine styles!

Drink now and for next 3-4 years

Serve around 14-16°C; perfect with lamb or other well-seasoned meats, risottos, pates, hams, or lightly flavoured cheeses.

Sanjo Nubio Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Abv 13%

100% Brazilian Cabernet Sauvignon

50% of wine is aged in new French oak for 12 months.

Deep red-purple colour , with some slight signs of ageing on rim. Delicate, understated nose shows typical Cab Sauv varietal characteristics: cedary oak, eucalyptus, dense blackcurrant fruit with some vanilla and butterscotch. Also shows more complex tertiary notes of dark chocolate and fine spices. On palate: concentrated dark, mature fruits – rich and involving, powerful, full bodied and with good structure. Ripe, well integrated tannins, persistent long finish. Drink now and for next 2-3 years

This South American red wine is ideal for serving with grilled or roasted red meats, spicy dishes and well flavoured cheeses.


Sanjo Maestrale Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

13 % Abv

Blend: 100 % Cabernet Sauvignon

This Brazilian Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in combination of new and used French oak for 12 months
Approximately 30,000 bottles produced

Lovely deep red-purple colour. Concentration on nose of warm, ripe blackcurrant and cedar aromas; secondary notes of menthol, fine spices and caramel also apparent. On palate: a touch austere but rich plummy flavours predominate. Excellent structure, very well integrated tannins, with a very good length. Drink this Brazilian red now and for next 3-4 years.

Serve at 18-19°C with lamb, venison or duck, for example. Will also work well with mature cheeses or fondues.