History Brazil is the third largest wine producer in South America. Vines were introduced to the country in the early 1500s by the Portuguese Jesuit missionaries.

Until the 20th century, most wine production was for local consumption. The first cooperatives were established in the 1920s and a national wine industry started to emerge.

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Since the 1970s, there has been foreign investment from large multinationals who have introduced modern winemaking techniques and the planting of more commercial varieties such as Chardonnay, Semillon, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to name but a few.  Most vines continue to grow well below the tropical north and do best in what is now the largest growing region, the Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil's southernmost state.

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