As you know from our posts on the Pampa experience and the Brazilian barbecue, at Pampa, we’re all about authenticity. We offer a distinctively different dining experience that oozes the streets of Brazil and we can’t really pull that off without also offering Brazilian wines. Producing fine wine over 10,000 hectares of Vitis vinifera grapes in six regions, Brazil hosts about 150 wineries on small farms that are dedicated to the craft – they live to create hand-crafted fine wines, which has made them the fifth largest wine producer in the Southern hemisphere. Between Brazil’s continental climate and a reputation for reinventing everything, the country’s grape and wine growing industry is, like their barbecue, completely unique. While still a young industry in Brazil, the country’s wine is known for being fresh, light, and fruity with a moderate alcohol content.
Expertly selecting the best labels for the best price, Pampa exclusively offers Brazilian wines you can’t find anywhere else and you can even just pop in to purchase a bottle if you’re craving one. Here’s a glance at our top five Brazilian wines:
1. Casa Valduga Raízes
A Brazilian winery in the Italian tradition, Casa Valduga hails from Campanha with over 40 years producing wines and sparkling wines, Casa Valduga. One of our favourite family wineries, Casa Valduga is internationally known and recognized for their high-quality portfolio, Casa Valduga’s received over 300 awards worldwide and is one of Brazil’s top 10 wineries exporting their wine to five continents. The winery’s defining philosophy stems from this quote by founder, Luiz Valduga: “Before making two bottles of wine, make one, but make it good.” Casa Valduga’s patriarch built the winery on a foundation of respect and authentic quality and today the winery’s mission includes focusing on sustainability. A favourite of ours, the Casa Valduga Raízes is a cabernet sauvignon from the far corner of the state of Rio Grande do Sul where Jesuit Missions used to stand and the Paraguay War happened. A dry red wine, the Raízes presents a ruby colour with violet nuances and aromatic notes of cassis, almonds, prunes, and spices. Moderately acidic, it provides a long aftertaste with a remarkably full volume. Snag a bottle of Casa Valduga Raízes at Pampa for only $55.
2. Salton Talento
Founded in 1878, Salton is the first Brazilian winery to celebrate a 100th birthday, and it leads the Brazilian market in sparkling wines but has also won awards and recognition for their reds and whites. The winery’s rich history coupled with their dedication to modernization and high-quality production, makes them a leader in Brazil’s wine industry. Moving into the family’s fourth generation, Salton promises commitment and dedication to excellence. We love Salton’s cabernet sauvignon, merlot, tannat blend which boasts an intense, dark plum colour and hints of toasted almond, and raisins. This red’s soft, silky tannins give it a lingering finish and an intense flavour that pairs perfectly with our barbecue beef cuts and a hunk of strong cheese. Get your bottle of Salton Talento for $69.
3. Don Laurindo
Another Brazilian family that immigrated from Italy, the Don Laurindo winery was started by Cezar Brandelli and his family who bought thirty hectares of land in Oito da Graciema in 1946. Taking after his father, Marcelino, who made wines for the family throughout Cezar’s life, the winemaking tradition has been passed down from son to son over the years with four generations working together to build this small but established winery. We love Don Laurindo’s Malbec for its dark, ruby red colour and aromas of red fruits, plum, jam, and vanilla. Pair this medium bodied red with Pampa’s boneless leg of lamb. Get your bottle for $59.
4. Pizzato Reserva Alicante Bouschet
Owned and operated by the Plínio Pizzato family whose rich history of winemaking dates back to the late 1800s in Italy, Pizzato was established in 1999 and spans 45 hectares across two vineyards in the Serra Gaúcha region. This region’s humid, temperate climate allows Pizzato to cultivate grapes with strong character using traditional methods and modern technology. The Alicante Bouschet grape has a high colour and is known for producing dense, dark wines with a distinctive profile. This wine is strong and full-bodied offering notes of dark fruits, raisins, and prunes paired with black olives and it pairs well with both beef and lamb. Get a bottle of his hard to find wine for only $53 at Pampa.
5. Casa Valduga Gewürztraminer
We clearly have a thing for Brazilian reds, but Casa Valduga’s Gewürztraminer is a beautiful pairing for Pampa’s parmesan pork loin, sausage, and chicken offerings because it beautifully complements the flavours of lighter meats. With a straw yellow colouring and an exotic aroma, this wine’s floral character lends it both elegance and authenticity with delicate notes of pear and lychee and a refreshing finish. It has a near permanent freshness, a good mouth feel that’s at once light and soft, and the acidity is balanced. Pick up a bottle for only $45.
Thirsty? Book your table at Pampa today to sample our fine Brazilian wines and our unparalleled experience