Harvest 2018 in Brazil: the best of decade

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The Miolo Winery is close to finishing the 2018 harvest with a realization: for at least 6 years there was no climate so favorable for the quality of the vintage in Rio Grande do Sul. So far, in this decade, there were 2 harvests of exceptional quality: 2011 and 2012, but none will exceed the quality of 2018. In the 3 projects of Miolo in RS were collected 2/3 of the total estimated, which is 6.2 million kilos of grapes. In this way, it is already possible to safely assert its superior quality.

Climatic behavior x grape quality of the 2018 harvest

The winter of 2017 was one of the mildest in recent years, with a low accumulation of cold hours (below 7.2 ° C). Initially this caused a lot of fear, as it could generate negative reflexes in the breakage of the dormancy of the grape buds, interfering in the volume of production in 2018. However, the good phytosanitary status of the vines crown in the post-harvest of 2017 compensated for the lack of cold and the sprouting was vigorous and uniform. The less intense cold of the winter and the spring with favorable temperatures triggered the beginning of the sprouting, with 15 to 20 days of anticipation in most of the varieties.

The spring passed in the normal way, with no ups and downs of temperature, which led to continuous growth of the vegetation and flowering within the expected. Due to the reduced winter cold, some varieties showed fewer flowers per bunch, leaving them a little more “thin”, which influenced a lower average weight. In contrast, it provided a maturation with optimum quality and sanity in the early grapes, usually of more compacted bunches and susceptible to rot.

The rains of spring and early summer also occurred within the normal climate and only in October there was a week with slightly more intense rains that did not cause damage to the varieties that were still flowering.

The summer has been raining well below average due to the influence of the phenomenon “La Niña”, with very positive effects on the quality and sanity of the grape. The nocturnal mild temperatures are being a constant in the maturation period, with average thermal amplitude of 16 ° C, reaching in some cases to exceed 20 ° C, thus favoring the accumulation of coloring matter in the red varieties.

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Brazilian sparkling wines elected the best in Americas

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Among labels from Europe and wine-producing countries on the American continent, two sparkling wines from the Brazilian winery Miolo were elected the Best Sparkling Wine of the Americas and the Best Rosé Sparkling wine of the Americas, which reinforces Brazil’s supremacy and vocation in sparkling, consecrating the charming region of Serra Gaúcha, in the Vale dos Vinhedos (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), as the terroir of origin of some of the most awarded bubbles in the world.

The important awards for the sparkling Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut (Best Sparkling Wine) and Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut Rosé (Best Sparkling Rosé) took place in the 10th edition of the Challenge International Euposia, the only contest in the world dedicated exclusively to the bubbles elaborated by the Traditional Method, with the second fermentation of the wine inside the bottle itself. Thus, for example, champagnes are made. The event brings together some of the most important specialized critics in the world.

It is an expressive achievement not only for Miolo, but for the market and for the image of Brazilian sparkling wine abroad. We have carried out a consistent work in international markets, promoting, communicating and divulging our sparkling wines, which have increasingly attracted attention because of its extremely high quality “, commemorates Adriano Miolo, the group’s superintendent.

The Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut and Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut Rosé are made in the winery’s own vineyards in the Denomination of Origin Vale dos Vinhedos. Versatile and sophisticated, they are already a subject in the international market: a lot of the Cuvée Tradition Brut has just been taken from a submerged sea basement in France, an action unheard of for a Brazilian company. And a lot of the Cuvée Tradition Brut Rosé rests, at the moment, in the same submerged basement, from where it will be removed in 2018.

Miolo Quinta do Seival Alvarinho, Brazilian wine with Portuguese essence

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Label was the big winner in the category ‘Brancos de outras castas e cortes‘ in the Great Event Wines of Brazil

A wine with a Brazilian signature and Portuguese essence: Quinta do Seival Alvarinho is the first Alvarinho wine made in Brazil with one of the grapes icons of Portugal. The Miolo winery invested in its adaptation in the terroir of the Southern Campaign in Rio Grande do Sul, in order to extract unique characteristics and express the whole personality of a great wine.

The first vines of alvarinho were planted in 2003, in our vineyards in the Southern Campaign / RS. It is a liquid relic. It is a unique wine of a Portuguese variety very much in vogue, but still little cultivated in Brazil. The Quinta do Seival Alvarinho is a label that reminds us of our Portuguese heritage and the historical connections between the two countries “, summarizes Adriano Miolo, superintendent of the group.

Versatile and medium intensity aromatic, has notes of peach, mango and honey. Its straw-yellow color translates all the elegance of the wine, whose label is a re-reading of the baroque, artistic movement of great influence in the Portuguese aesthetics of the XVI to XVIII centuries.

The high quality of this white wine with Brazilian DNA and Portuguese soul has just been recognized in the Great Wine Tasting 2017. Among the hundreds of samples tasted the Quinta do Seival Alvarinho stood out as the great winner in the category “Brancos de outras castas e cortes” being one of the 30 winners of the competition, which reinforces its perfect adaptation to the terroir of the Campaign and the excellent work that Miolo has been developing with the caste.

In addition to the Quinta do Seival Alvarinho, 8 other Miolo wines elaborated in the Rio Grande do Sul projects won Gold Medals at the tasting: Miolo Millésime Brut 2012, Miolo Tempranillo Reserva 2015, Miolo Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Miolo Reserva Pinot Noir 2016, Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut Rosé, Miolo Cuvée Tradition Demi-Sec, Miolo Cuvée Giuseppe Chardonnay 2015 and Miolo Selection Pinot Grigio / Riesling 2016.

From the vineyards of the brand in the Valley of the São Francisco (BA) also received Gold Medals the sparkling Terranova Moscatel and Terranova Brut Rosé, and the red Testardi Syrah.

Recovered the first sea refined Brazilian wine

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Miolo the Brazilian wine estate, announces the recovery of the first batch of aged Brazilian sparkling wine in an underwater cave. The company is the first and only in Brazil to use this method.

The operation was carried out on 12 October, 12 months after Miolo Cuvée Brut diving in the Brittany Sea, France. The labels will reach the Brazilian and European markets by the end of this year, for a special and limited edition.

“In Brazil and Europe there are high expectations regarding the withdrawal of bottles from the sea. We are approaching the end of the year, an expressive moment for sparkling wine sales and no doubt, lovers and collectors will want to have in their cellars and the first Brazilian product aged in an underwater cave, “says Adriano Miolo, superintendent of the Brazilian group.

Strategically immersed in the island of Ouessant, in the region known as Baie du Stiff, bottles of Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut have been kept in contact with sea temperatures (11 to 13 ° C). The underwater cave creates ideal conditions for aging wines: darkness, total humidity, constant temperature and pressure.

According to Director Adriano, the effects of conservation of sparkling wines on the seabed are observed in laboratory tests and tastings. A submerged label has up to 10 times more molecular compounds than those aged with traditional methods; these compounds are responsible for the formation of aromas and complexity of the beverage. In the tests the results indicate the quality of the method: sparkling wines have a richer floral flavor, complexity, freshness and clear notes of butter and nuts.

New lots in 2018

In 2018 it will be possible to appreciate the results of the aging of another Miolo in a submerged cave: Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut Rosé, in an even smaller edition. A small batch of the product rests in the Brittany Sea from June this year and has to stay there for 12 months. A second batch of Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut was also submerged in June and will arrive in the market next year.

The labels of the Miolo Cuvée Tradition line are processed in the Vale dos Vinhedos in the state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, with Chardonnay and Pinot Nero grapes using the traditional method, ie fermentation in the bottle itself; the process is the same as used by French maisons for processing Champagne.

Miolo presents exclusive line at Prowein 2017

The Miolo winery has prepared an exclusive launch for its participation in Prowein 2017, one of the world’s leading wine fairs, which takes place from March 19-21 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

During the event, aimed at professionals in the segment, will be presented the Seival line, created especially for the external market. The wines are already marketed in the United States and China and will be presented for the first time in Europe.

In the versions Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tannat, Pinotage, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc Seival wines have labels developed exclusively for the international line, directed to the entrants in the world of wine, because the products are light, uncomplicated and of excellent cost per benefit.

 “We are confident that Seival’s presentation at Prowein will bring excellent business to Miolo in Europe, where our products are already recognized and widely consumed. Adapting the wines to the international market is a strategic decision that considers the particularities and preferences of the consumers of other countries. This perception and identification is a result of the successful work of our export sector, which is in constant contact with consumption trends abroad, “summarizes Adriano Miolo, the group’s superintendent.

Successful in Europe, especially in France, the sparkling Miolo Cuvée Tradition will also be featured in the brand space at Prowein. The focus will be the Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut, which in 2016 was the most popular national sparkling wine in Paris. This great achievement has given rise to an unprecedented international campaign: a lot of the sparkling wine now rests in a submerged basement in the sea of the Bretagne region of France, from where it will be removed in the second half of 2017 and marketed in a special and limited edition In Brazil and in Europe.

 

IN BRAZIL WINE SPEAKS ITALIAN

In Brazil, Italians have been able to be known not only for their contribution to the development of one of the most promising emerging markets in the global economic landscape but also in the territory entrench the culture of knowing how to make good wine.

Bento goncalvesEverything began in 1875 when Italian immigrants settle in the south of Brazil for the first importing a new philosophy in the cultivation of the vineVitis vinifera with the adoption of new cultivation techniques with traditional row and pergola or pylons.

In fact, prior to their arrival there was only a variety of American vines and the wine produced was limited to the typical “Suave” wine with a sweet tatse and a lack of  structure. In short, a true cultivation that it focused on the quality did not exist also because protectionism persisted for years. It prohibited the importation of wine from other countries and then to establish a  competitive benchmark in terms of quality. A good taste was almost unthinkable.

Settlement in Rio Grande do Sul

Italians settled in the state of Rio Grande do Sul and they  were able to make of  winemaking  a successfulwine entrepreneurial activity. These italians are mostly natives of the Northeast as the Venetians families like the Miolo, the Carraro with the brand “Lidio Carraro“, or the Boscato and the winemakers Casa Valduga originating from Rovereto in Trentino.

The Miolos originating fro;  Piombino Dese in the province of Treviso, arrived on Brazilian soil at the end of the nineteenth century and by the will of the patriarch Giovanni, they  decided to purchase immediately a small plot in the city of Bento Goncalves, soon becoming the wine capital of Brazil.

Today, the  Miolo Wine Group with 40% of the market for quality wines in Brazil and 15% of production of sparkling and demi-sec sparkling wine is considered as the first winery in the country. The company that makes of internationalisation a key to its revival, produces 12 million liters of wine for about a thousand acres scattered throughout Brazil and also in the famous Vale do Sao Francisco at Bahia, the only place in the world where you can get 2 crops per year.

With the start of the first imports from Argentina, Chile, France before  the 70s and then finally in the 90s the few Brazilian producers to remain in the market had to review the methods of production focusing on quality and starting to grow international varieties , Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, Chardonnay, Riesling Italico, Pinot Noir and many others.

The first quality wines produced in Brazil are derived mostly from Merlot and in Brazil has all its features. A harmony of aromas and flavors that we unexpect: black cherry, currant, cedar, mint green olives but also tobacco, tea leaves short, elegance and style are not lacking.

 Henry BORZI