This month’s Decanter magazine (October 2020) features several very favourable reviews and articles on Brazil. Best of all, we’re delighted to report that in the ‘South American Syrah’ category our Guaspari Vista da Serra Syrah 2017 was one of only four wines rated ‘outstanding’, scoring a whopping 95 points! It also appears on the front cover – see below – which we believe is the first time a Brazilian wine has received such an accolade.
See more here: Vista da Serra Syrah
Elsewhere, Pizzato’s PP Semillon 2018 was selected as one of South America’s ‘Top 12 white wines to try’, scoring 92 points, and described as having ‘..enticing & complex aromas of citrus and ripe yellow fruits, wild flowers, nutty notes and sweet spices..’
A six page article by Amanda Barnes entitled ‘Brazil’s Best Wine Routes’ focuses on some of the newer regions for Brazilian winemaking, including the highland Planalto Catarinense region and the Serra da Mantiqueira – another scenic upland region where the states of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais converge. A comprehensive list of wineries to visit, and places to stay, is also included.
*The above Guaspari winery is located in the Serra da Mantiqueira mountain range, on the site of a colonial-era coffee plantation close to the town of Espírito Santo do Pinhal. It is here that the innovative technique of double pruning leads to a winter harvest, in the cool months of July and August, thus avoiding the locally hot and humid summer.
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