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 Nubio Malbec 2013

NAME: SANJO NUBIO MALBEC 2013

ABV: 12%

APPEARANCE:  Mid purple-red

AROMAS: Attractive blend of blackberry, cherry, violets and oak, with touch of smokiness

TASTE:  Ripe cherry, plum and berry flavours; some coffee, mocha, vanilla and smoky notes. Smooth textured, light bodied and a very pleasant lingering finish

FOOD PAIRING: Serve with ham, pâtés, chicken, risottos or lightly flavoured cheeses

OVERALL:  Unusually light for this varietal, our ‘lunchtime’ Malbec nonetheless delivers on all counts!

£ 15.00 / bottle  ( £ 90.00 / case x 6 )


Sanjo Nobrese Sparkling Moscato NV

NAME:  SANJO NOBRESE MOSCATO NV ( ASTI METHOD )

ABV: 7%

APPEARANCE:  Very pale yellow colour

AROMAS:  Floral and fresh with an attractive orange blossom and citrus scent

TASTE:  Sweet, with clean, fresh and fruity citrus notes. Light bodied, with soft mousse and a lingering finish. Highish level of acidity means that wine is not cloying or overly sweet

FOOD PAIRING:  Try as a digestif with meringues, chocolate, fruit salads or Christmas cake..

OVERALL:  Easy-drinking light fizz – will be preferred by those with a sweet tooth!

£ 13.00 / bottle ( £ 78.00 / case x 6 )


Sanjo Nobrese Sparkling Chardonnay NV

NAME:  SANJO NOBRESE BRUT CHARDONNAY NV ( CHARMAT METHOD )

ABV: 12.5%

APPEARANCE:  Very pale yellow, with green highlights

AROMAS:  Candied and dried fruit overlaid with fresher apple notes

TASTE:  Clean and fresh with both apple and some more aromatic notes. More off-dry than dry. Light bodied and  easy-drinking with decent bubbles

FOOD PAIRING:  Serve with salads, seafood or white meat and fish dishes

OVERALL:  Fun, light and undemanding – the perfect outdoor or party wine

£ 15.00 / bottle ( £ 90.00 / case x 6 )


Sanjo Nubio Sauvignon Blanc 2014

NAME:  SANJO NUBIO SAUVIGNON BLANC 2014

ABV: 12.5%

APPEARANCE:  Very pale – almost ‘water white’ – lemon yellow

AROMAS: Complex and aromatic with mainly ‘green’ aromas: coriander, nettles, bell pepper and asparagus notes all apparent

TASTE: Ripe mango and passion fruit blends with grassier flavours; a slight spritz may also be noticeable. Dry, medium-full bodied, with highish acidity and a long persistent finish

FOOD PAIRING: Drink well chilled with sweet and sour or mildly spiced dishes

OVERALL:  Flavour packed Sauvignon Blanc, different and distinctive!

£ 17.00 / bottle  ( £ 102.00 / case x 6 )


Sanjo Nobrese Moscato NV

NAME:  SANJO NOBRESE MOSCATO NV

ABV: 13%

APPEARANCE:  Very pale yellow with greenish highlights

AROMAS: An intriguing medley of elderflower, lychee, peach – even grapefruit and mint!

TASTE: Dry to off dry, grapey, perfumed and medium bodied with just a hint of spiciness

FOOD PAIRING: Especially recommended with oriental dishes, e.g. Thai curries

OVERALL:  Highly aromatic and distinctive wine

£ 10.00 / bottle  ( £ 60.00 / case x 6 )


Sanjo Nubio Malbec 2013

NAME: SANJO NUBIO MALBEC 2013

ABV: 12%

APPEARANCE:  Medium purple-red

AROMAS: Attractive blend of blackberry, cherry, violets and oak, with touch of smokiness

TASTE:  Ripe cherry, plum and berry flavours; some coffee, mocha, vanilla and smoky notes. Smooth textured, light bodied but with a very pleasant lingering finish

FOOD PAIRING: Serve with ham, pâtés, chicken, risottos or lightly flavoured cheeses

OVERALL:  Unusually light for this varietal, our ‘lunchtime’ Malbec nonetheless delivers on all counts!

£ 15.00 / bottle  ( £ 90.00 / case x 6 )


Sanjo Nubio Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

NAME: SANJO NUBIO CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2008

ABV: 13%

APPEARANCE:  Core is deep garnet, some ageing apparent on rim

AROMAS:  Cedar, eucalyptus and cassis, with hint of ‘pencil-shavings’ so typical of this varietal

TASTE:  Rich concentration of warm ripe cassis fruit, well integrated with tannins and acidity. Mature wine, full bodied, with a persistent finish

FOOD PAIRING: Ideal with steaks, roasts, curried dishes and strongly flavoured cheeses

OVERALL:  A mature, serious, ‘Bordeaux-style’ wine but with warmer, riper fruit

£ 17.00 / bottle  ( £ 102.00 / case x 6 )


Sanjo Maestrale Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

NAME: SANJO MAESTRALE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2007

ABV: 13%

APPEARANCE:  Deep red-purple

AROMAS:  Warm, ripe blackcurrant with vanilla, cedar and traces of mint and fine spices

TASTE:  Highly concentrated blackcurrant and plum fruit, with some gamey or yeasty notes starting to appear. Oak, tannins, fruit and acidity in harmony; full-bodied, smooth-drinking and with delicious long finish

FOOD PAIRING: Ideally decant, serve with roast lamb, venison or duck

OVERALL:  Impressive Cab Sauv with great structure and potential for further ageing

£ 20.00 / bottle  ( £ 120.00 / case x 6 )