AGRICOLA GUASPARI

AGRICOLA GUASPARI

ESPIRITO SANTO DO PINHAL
Owner:
Paulo Carlos de Brito
Manager:
Marina Brito Gonçalves
As a great enthusiast for wine, Paulo de Brito had long dreamed of creating a wine-producing estate. His ambition was to produce a wine of very high quality in Brazil.
AGRICOLA GUASPARI

His project took shape in 2006, when he began planting vines on a former coffee plantation in the region of Espirito Santo do Pinhal, 180 kilometres from São Paulo. This region possesses characteristics that are unique in Brazil for vine cultivation, due not only to its soil of well drained granitic sands, reminiscent of the Côte Rôtie or the Barossa Valley, but also to its climate, which allows for the production of a wine that is quite European in its elegance and freshness.
This diagnosis was confirmed by Professor Alain Carbonneau, a world-renowned specialist, who judged in his study on tropical wine making that the Guaspari domaine was located in a region that is particularly suited to quality wine-making because of its terroir but also because of its highaltitude (between 1,000 et 1,400 metres) climate, which makes it possible to control the growth of the grape and bring it to maturity without losing its freshness, provided there is strict pruning in summer and harvesting in winter. Professor Carbonneau concluded his study by declaring. “The world of wine will soon be talking about these highaltitude terroirs in Brazil and their winter wines, paradoxes of coolness in a tropical world (…) Wine making here is now entering its adult phase, and the best terroirs may soon be playing in the major leagues.”

Provided the necessary precautions are taken, especially picking the grapes at a time of year when the atmospheric temperature range, the amount of sunshine and the absence of rain are close to the climatic conditions of the best wine-producing regions in the world, the combination of terroir and altitude lead to the production of great wines. The winter harvest, which is the secret of this great wine, is made possible by two successive prunings: an initial pruning just after the harvest is followed six months later by a second pruning which allows for a strict control of the quantity produced. Several vines have been planted over a period of nearly ten years: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Viognier, with often interesting results, but the most spectacular successes so far have come with the Sauvignon blanc and especially the Syrah, which expresses itself particularly well on two terroirs, the Vista da Serra and the Vista do Chá. These two wines develop unusually elegant notes of spices and coffee.

In the words of Marina Brito Gonçalves, Paulo’s daughter and the director of the Vinícola Guaspari: “With this project, we are making a dream come true. Our aim is to make great terroir wines in Brazil which demonstrate that the region of Espirito Santo do Pinhal is one of the great wine-producing regions of Brazil and the world.”