Vale Dos Vinhedos Insider's Guide
Where to Drink
Miolo Family Vineyards (pictured): More than 130,000 visitors per year pass through the gates of this family-run winery. Under consultant Michel Rolland, they make highly regarded red, white and sparkling wines.
Casa Valduga: Visitors are often surprised by the winery’s European-style architecture. Make sure to tour the extensive sparkling wine cellars.
Pizzato Vinhas e Vinhos: For a more familial experience, father and son Plinio and Flavio Pizzato make excellent wines from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir as well as some obscure varieties.
Vinícola Aurora: Located in downtown Bento Gonçalves and owned by 1,100 member families, this cooperative offers a wide variety of bottlings. The gold-toned Bacchus fountain that spouts red wine rates high on the kitsch scale.
Vinícola Salton: Speaking of kitsch, eye the painting of The Last Supper that includes the six founding brothers of Vinícola Salton. Started in 1910, the winery now produces more than 30 wines.
Where to Eat
Valle Rustico (pictured): Don’t miss Chef Rodrigo Bellora’s filet mignon with housemade chimichurri sauce, or polenta with wild boar ragù. With a wine list boasting 36 reds, 21 sparkling wines and six whites, it’s hard to choose just one. Located in Bento Gonçalves.
Cabanha’s Churrascaria: A traditional “pampas” restaurant featuring prime cuts of beef grilled to perfection over a wood-burning fire. The adjoining wine shop makes picking wine fun and easy. Located in Caixas do Sul.
Don Giovanni: Family run for generations, this winery boasts an award-winning restaurant set in a historic 1930s house. Order the gallo prima canta (a chicken specialty). It will have your taste buds singing with joy. In Pinto Bandeira.
Floresta Municipal Park: Buy a bottle of local sparkling wine and some pão de queijo (cheese bread) and head here for a relaxing afternoon amid the flora and fauna.
Cia Aventura: If you’re a bit more adventurous, call this reputable outfitter to set up a day of rafting, rappelling, trekking or off-road bicycling.
Hidrotermal Caldas de Prata (pictured): After all of this activity, soothe tired muscles at a local hot spring. A variety of packages suit all budgets.
Cascata da Usina: Make sure to visit the beautiful local waterfall, popular with locals and tourists alike.