Enotourism is a popular tourist activity in Brazil, mainly in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, where most of the wineries that please the most demanding palates are.
First Brazilian region to be officially recognized as a geographical indication, Vale dos Vinhedos is located between the cities of Bento Gonçalves, Garibaldi and Monte Belo do Sul, in Serra Gaúcha, and gathers 25 wineries, in addition to cheese factories, art workshops, craft houses, restaurants, among others.
The production process in the wineries of Vale has a strong Italian influence, since the cultivation of grapes until bottling. The region offers unique characteristics of soil, climate, topography, and culture, and has quality products recognized in international disputes.
With a tourist itinerary that goes through breathtaking landscapes, Vale dos Vinhedos also fascinates by its attractions and infrastructure of enterprises, which include wine tastings and visits to plantations and cellars.
Groups exceeding 15 people must be scheduled in advance.
Some wineries charge a visitation fee ranging from R$10 to 40 R$, totally or partially refundable in products of the winery.
Rua Dávile Sandrin, 525 (Km 14), Estrada do Vinho - Bento Gonçalves, Rio Grande do Sul
You can hire a tourism agency in Bento Gonçalves to arrive in Vale dos Vinhedos.
As the tour to Vale dos Vinhedos involves wine tasting, in case you drink, the ideal is to rely on the local taxi service.
Vale dos Vinhedos is about 10 km away from Bento Gonçalves and you can drive up there, if not participating in wine tastings.