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Wines from South America

March 22, 2022
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Wine, fruit and fine weather with a lil music played by somebody I do not know.

While the typical suspects (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and so on) may be found throughout South America, a few lesser-known types have developed a distinct South American personality.

You may be familiar with Malbec, but others (like Pas) are just recently developing a name for themselves outside of the Southern Hemisphere.

ARGENTINA

Malbec is unquestionably the most well-known varietal in South America, and it is the continent's golden child. No one, not even the French, were drinking Malbec 20 years ago (at least in quantity); nevertheless, with the grape's resurgence in Argentina, everyone is drinking it again–including the French.

Wine Tours that should not be missed when in Argentina:

1. The Argentine Experience: Empanada Making, Steak, Wine, Alfajores and Mate

2. Wine Tasting in Beuno Aires with Tapas

3. Gaucho Day Tour Ranch in San Antonio

4. Piattelli Vineyards

5. Bodega El Esteco

6. Bodega Yacochuya

7. Bodega Nanni

The Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia a Wine Festival in Argentina:

The Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia

(National Grape Harvest Festival) is held every year in Mendoza, Argentina. It is one of the country's most prominent events, bringing many visitors to the area. It's a wine and winemaking industry event. The event honours the art of winemaking by providing guests with wine tastings and local cuisine and live music, and street parades.

CHILE

Carménère is another well-traveled French variety that has made its home in Chile, where it is currently most extensively produced. The variety's adoption in Chile was not deliberate; it was mistakenly transported over as Merlot and flourished all throughout the nation under that guise until intrepid ampelographer Jean Michel Boursiquot discovered in 1994 that it was the long-lost French variety Carménère.

Wine Tours to not miss in Chile

1. Casablanca Valley Wine Tasting

2. Tour of Valparaiso Port and Viña del Mar from Santiago

3. Premium Concha y Toro Winery Tour with Wine and Cheese Tastings from Santiago

4. Maipo Valley Litle Wine Bus from Santiago

5. Wine Tasting Tour from Santiago: Casablanca Valley and Four Vineyards

Colchagua's Vendimia Wine Festival in Chile

Colchagua's Vendimia celebration, one of Chile's largest harvest celebrations, takes place in the plaza of Santa Cruz this year on the 6th, 7th, and 8th of March 2020. Several Colchagua wineries will be bursting corks on their latest releases, so expect tastings, music, and grape stomping.

BRAZIL

Merlot is a blue-tinged grape that can be used alone or in blends. Merlot wine produced entirely of merlot grapes produces a dark, velvety, full-bodied red. Merlot is an excellent choice for first-time wine consumers or white wine connoisseurs searching for a red wine introduction.

Wine tours to not miss in Brazil

1. Vinhos e Historia com Maria Fumaça

2. Wine, Craft Beer and Cachaça: Serra do Mar Tour from Curitiba

3. Wineries of the South, Maria Fumaça Train and Italian Epic Park

4. Art Of Wine – Travel Through The So-Called Wine Route Visiting Various Wineries

Festa Junina a Wine Festival in Brazil

Festa Junina is a month-long Saint John the Baptist festival that takes place in Brazil during June. It is also known as Festa de Sao Joo. Inside an arraial, a big tent composed of raw materials celebrates rural life with traditional clothing, food, and dances. The arraial is generally a structure in a major city with decorations like coloured flags, checkered tablecloths, and balloons. Checkered shirts and straw hats with painted freckles on the face are the most frequent clothing items, especially among youngsters. The dance is similar to square dancing, and the food is delicious; canjica, maize, pé-de-moleque, and cake are prevalent, as are drinks such as mulled cachaça and wine.