Bento Gonçalves, along with Caxias do Sul, Garibaldi, and other cities, is part of the Rota da Uva e do Vinho [Grape and Wine Route] in the South of the country.
The region of the Vale dos Vinhedos is a heritage of the Italian immigrants who came to Brazil in 1875 bringing with them their rich culture, architecture, cuisine, and wine traditions, observed in the small and in large properties throughout the city.
Vale dos Vinhedos is the first Brazilian wine producing region with Designation of Origin, and Bento Gonçalves is one of the few cities in the country to have a Technical course in Oenology, being Brazil’s largest producer of fine wines and grapes.
In Vale dos Vinhedos, you can take guided tours to small producers and learn all about the processes and taste the best wines and sparkling wines produced in the Serra Gaúcha. This is one of the most sought-after activities by visitors. You can also participate in manufacturing workshops and taste cheeses in some places. In the properties, you can find canteens, restaurants, and craft shops.
The valleys, canyons, rivers, and caves in the region are the perfect setting for those who love adventure. Take the opportunity to visit Salto Ventoso, a waterfall 52 m tall in the city of Farroupilha (24 km from Bento Gonçalves), ideal for practicing abseiling.
Another amazing experience is to ride the Maria Fumaça train. The steam train travels through the beautiful region of Serra Gaúcha, entertaining the travelers with typical gaúcho (gaúchos are the people of this region) and Italian attractions.
In case you cannot take any of the tours, you can visit Casa do Vinho, in downtown Bento Gonçalves. Take the opportunity to visit the Epic Italian theme park, which tells the story of an immigrant couple, complete with special effects and where you can taste the fresh juices and biscuits of the region.
Bento Gonçalves is one of the most charming cities in the South and has an atmosphere of romance in the air.
The nearest airport to Bento Gonçalves is in Caxias do Sul (45 km), which receives some national flights.
The nearest international airport is in Porto Alegre (121 km), which receives direct flights from Buenos Aires, Miami, Lima, Lisbon, Montevideo, and Panama City as well as flights from many Brazilian cities.
The Bento Gonçalves Bus Station receives intercity routes from many cities of Rio Grande do Sul.
Personal or rental vehicles
Leaving from South America or other regions of Brazil, you can go by car. These animated maps can help you.
Personal or rental vehicles
If you do not want to taste wine, you can rent a car to get to the tourist attractions, which are usually far away from each other.
As almost all tours involving wine tasting, if you drink, the ideal was to get around is to rely on the local taxi service.
The ideal way to visit the tourist attractions of the town is by an incoming tour operator contracted in the city or the capital city of the state, Porto Alegre, who can also arrange transfers between the cities.
The area code (DDD) of Bento Gonçalves is 54.
Tourist information: 0800 603 6060
Tourist Service Center: +55 54 3453 2555/ +55 54 3453 6699/+55 54 3455 6333
Bento Gonçalves City Hall: +55 54 3055 7100Police:
Emergency Medical Service: + 55 54 3055 7303
The coldest months are June and July, with temperature ranging between 8°C and 17°C. The warmest months are January and February, with temperatures between 17°C and 26°C. Be attentive to what kinds of clothes you should take.
To enter Brazil, vaccination against any type of illness is not mandatory. However, vaccination against yellow fever (a disease transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes) is recommended before your trip. If you have never taken the vaccine, you need to take it up to 10 days before the trip (this time period is not necessary if you have already been vaccinated).
As most tours offer wine tasting, beware of excessive alcohol consumption. Also remember that in Brazil it is forbidden to drive having ingested any amount of alcohol, with the consumption of even small quantities of wine being punishable by law.