With one of Brazil’s most modern and stunning-looking wineries, Don Guerino can trace its history back to 1879, when Italian emigrant Guerino Motter first arrived in what is now Rio Grande do Sul, the country’s most southerly state.
However, it was only relatively recently ( in 2000 ) that the decision was taken by the Motter family to grow vines and produce wine exclusively under their own name. For, in common with many other local wineries, their business in previous decades had been that of a bulk supplier of grapes to the ‘big boys’ – the much larger corporates and cooperatives which traditionally accounted for a high percentage of the country’s production.
Now based in Alto Feliz, around 25km southwest of Bento Gonçalves in the hills of the Serra Gaúcha, the modern Motter vineyard occupies 55 hectares, at an average altitude of 500m. The vines are planted on a sunny but breezy site, which has deep, mainly clay soils.
The Don Guerino business, which is run on a day to day basis by (another) Guerino Motter and his sons, is acutely aware that best practice begins in the vineyard: as such, quality here is far more important than quantity, while the wine-making itself is of a very high standard.
Red, white and sparkling wines are all produced although, for the UK launch of Don Guerino, we at Go Brazil have chosen to start with their ‘Reserva’ range – see details below – aa well as several high quality Charmat method sparklers.
Now, in February 2017, our first shipment has arrived and the initial reaction has been very positive! We are looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with the Motter family.
Wines from this winery
NAME: DON GUERINO BRUT CHARDONNAY NV ( CHARMAT METHOD )
APPEARANCE: Pale yellow tinged with green
AROMAS: White flowers, lemon and green apple, with hint of biscuit and candied fruit
TASTE: Clean, dry, fruity and fresh on soft, light-bodied palate. Crisp apple flavours, with sweeter notes of nougat or lemon sherbet, show through. Lovely persistent small bubbles, a hint of spritz and a surprisingly long finish
FOOD PAIRING: Stylish lunchtime aperitif but will work well with seafood or white fish
OVERALL: Beautifully presented, high quality alternative to Prosecco or similar
£ 16.00 / bottle ( £ 96.00 / case x 6 )
NAME: DON GUERINO ‘VINTAGE’ MALBEC 2016
APPEARANCE: Bright, deep purple
AROMAS: Vibrant and youthful notes of violets and mulberry, with hint of tobacco leaf
TASTE: Restrained but rich super plummy palate, very well integrated oak and lovely sweetish caramel flavours. Medium tannins and acidity, medium-full bodied.
FOOD PAIRING: Roast chicken, grilled red meats or mature hard cheeses
OVERALL: An understated but beautifully balanced Malbec, with good ageing potential
£ 16.00 / bottle ( £ 96.00 / case x 6 )
NAME: DON GUERINO MALBEC ROSÉ ( CHARMAT METHOD )
APPEARANCE: Attractive mid-salmon pink colour
AROMAS: Ripe strawberry and other summer berry fruits
TASTE: Dry to off-dry, pleasant acidity, with plenty of red berry fruit and a decent mousse. Light on the palate and on alcohol. 100% Malbec
FOOD PAIRING: Light salads, quiches, pâtés and grilled salmon
OVERALL: Looks good, tastes good – a lovely blush sparkler for parties and picnics!
£ 15.00 / bottle ( £ 90.00 / case x 6 )
NAME: DON GUERINO RESERVA TEROLDEGO 2016
APPEARANCE: Exceptionally deep purple-red colour
AROMAS: Dense dark brambly fruit, with hints of raspberry or redcurrant
TASTE: Lots of different flavours, with ripe black cherry, licorice, traces of vanilla and even some smokiness all apparent. Very soft tannins, good acidity and a hint of almond on the finish
FOOD PAIRING: A perfect match for roast lamb, pork and BBQ beef
OVERALL: Bold but not brash, this really is a delicious wine!
£ 17.00 / bottle ( £ 102.00 / case x 6 )
NAME: DON GUERINO ROSÉ MOSCATO NV
APPEARANCE: Delicate light pink
AROMAS: Fresh strawberry and raspberry
TASTE: Clean, very light bodied, sweet without being cloying and with more ripe red berry notes and plenty of attractive bubbles
FOOD PAIRING: Try with strawberries and meringues, fruit salads or even dark chocolate
OVERALL: Very versatile sweet fizz – works equally well as an aperitif or digestif
£ 14.50 / bottle ( £ 87.00 / case x 6 )