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.