We are delighted to report that the Brazilian wine-producing region known as ‘Campanha Gaúcha’ has just been recognised with an official ‘IG’ designation.
After several years lobbying by local wineries, it has now become the 7th such designated area in Brazil.
IG (‘Indicação Geografica’) status is awarded only to those regions which can demonstrate a clear and sustained difference in geography, climate and human approach compared to other zones. The IG is itself divided into two sub-categories: the ‘IP’ (‘Indicação de Procedencia’) and ‘DO’ (‘Denominação de Origem’), the former being focused on specific geographical characteristics and the latter more on local viticulture, including permitted grape varieties and planting practices.
Campanha Gaúcha itself is a large, sparsely-populated area of south and southwest Brazil, situated within the state of Rio Grande do Sul, and bordering both Argentina and Uruguay. Traditionally it has been known for its beef cattle, sheep farming and – perhaps more surprisingly – rice production. Vineyards however have been planted in the region only relatively recently, mainly because of growing urbanisation and a shortage of suitable (and reasonably priced) land in the more northerly Serra Gaúcha, and because of the warmer climate compared to this higher altitude, more distant location.
Our friends and colleagues at the Campos de Cima winery (located in Itaqui in the extreme west of Campanha Gaúcha) are understandably delighted with the news – and we send our congratulations!
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