Wine and Food Trip at Vinhedos Valley
Brazil • 6 days / 5 nights
About the Trip
A wine and food trip in the South of Brazil with a unique and exclusive itinerary that includes visits to wineries and a program of unforgettable experiences in restaurants and tours in the Vale dos Vinhedos region of Rio Grande do Sul.
Why you will love
- Culinary trip accompanied by an expert chef
- Tour in a winery with wine treading experience, tasting, and harmonized lunch
- Wine, Sparkling Wine, and Cachaça Tasting
- Practical Cooking Class
- Handpicked restaurants for the quality and authenticity of their dishes
- Immersive activities in the traditions of Rio Grande Sul
- Learn about the history and culture of the Italian immigrants in Vale dos Vinhedos
- Travel the traditional wine train with lots of fun and food
Departure Date: January 18, 2022
Return Date: January 23, 2022
Arrival in Porto Alegre. Your guide will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to the hotel. In the evening, you will be invited to join the group at Ruta Asado y Bar for a contemporary dining experience.
Breakfast and then a walk to the Doces Pelotenses store to get to know the delicacies produced in the city of Pelotas/RS.
Check-out of the hotel, the driver will take you to a Natural Wine Shop for a guided tasting of natural wines.
Next, the driver will take the group to Bento Gonçalves with a stop for lunch at Schneider steakhouse, located in a traditional Germanic house. It will be served different cuts of meats (Brazilian rodízio) and a buffet with side dishes and desserts. It is the perfect opportunity to taste the authentic gaúcho barbecue. The trip continues after lunch for about 2 hours.
Check-in at the hotel in Bento Gonçalves and rest. Then, leave for happy hour at Cachaçaria Bucco. There will be a tour to see the production process followed by tasting different types of cachaças produced there. Return to the hotel and free night.
A walk through downtown Bento Gonçalves passing by Rua Coberta, a street with plenty to see and experience, culminating with a special visit to Aurora winery – you will be surprised by this experience that will change your view of Brazilian wine production. The activity ends with a guided tasting in a very high-quality oenology room.
At the end of the morning, you’ll visit the Epopéia Italiana theatrical attraction that shows the history of the Italian immigrants in the region. Stop for lunch (on request) and rest at the hotel. Departure in the late afternoon for an experience with olive oils and other regional products at La Vigna store.
The next stop is the town of Garibaldi, where Chef Rodrigo Bellora runs the Valle Rústico restaurant. You’ll take a guided tour in the property’s vegetable garden to learn about the restaurant’s production, its cultivation of native bees, and Rodrigo’s work within the Slow Food network.
The restaurant’s menu is seasonal, prepared according to the products available in the garden and among the local farmers. A six-course dinner of an elaborate menu, you’ll enjoy the aroma and flavor of the dishes, a connection with nature that aims to surprise you with its simplicity, excellence, and quality.
Departure after breakfast to the town of Pinto Bandeira, also known as the city of grapes, where most of the rural properties are vineyards. Visit the cellars of the award-winning Geisse Family, producer of some of the best sparkling wines in Brazil.
Inside the winery, you will learn all the details of making sparkling wine by the traditional method like the famous champagnes, where the second fermentation occurs inside the bottle.
Afterward, there will be a guided tasting of 4 labels inside the winery – an opportunity to get to know one of South America’s best sparkling wines that receive praise from critics worldwide.
In the mid-afternoon, it is time to visit the Tramontina factory and head to Carlos Barbosa to board the Wine Train. During the trip, there is grape juice and wine tasting, theater, traditional gaucho music, Italian choir, and tarantella, a traditional Italian dance. The artists pass by the wagons and entertain the passengers. From the train window, you can see the landscapes of the Gaúcha Mountains. Arrive in Bento Gonçalves and transfer to the hotel for rest.
Departure after breakfast to the Faria Lemos district for a full day of activities to learn about viticulture at the Cristofoli winery.
Bruna Cristofoli will welcome the group. She is a fourth-generation winemaker who has been producing wines and grapes on the same property since 1896. The first activity is a walk through the vineyards and participate in the grape harvest. With enough grapes harvested, everyone is invited to take off their shoes, lift their pants, and step on the grapes, just as they used to do in the old days. The performance is accompanied by traditional Italian music.
In the late morning, there will be a tour around the winery area. Lunch will be served in the garden, next to the vineyard. The menu includes a starter, three main course options, and two dessert options.
Return to the hotel in the middle of the afternoon to rest. In the afternoon, you will join a special hands-on culinary class to learn the details of tortel production at Tubuna Bakery. An exclusive experience that we have lovingly prepared for you. The rest of the night is free.
Breakfast and check-out to begin the trip back to Porto Alegre and catch the return flight. We suggest scheduling a flight after 1 pm.
Porto Alegre: Hotel Laghetto Moinhos
Bento Gonçalves: Hotel Laghetto Viverone
- Transfer airport/hotel
- Guided by a specialized chef during the whole itinerary
- 5 nights of accommodation with breakfast included
- 5 meals in selected restaurants
- Guided tasting of natural wines
- Visit and tasting at one cachaçaria and three wineries
- Hands-on cooking class
- Ride on the Wine Train (Maria-Fumaça)
- Transport by van throughout the entire itinerary
- Travel insurance
- Travel gifts
- Certificate of 40 hours/class
- Airline tickets
- Meals not mentioned in the itinerary and included items
- Drinks during the meals (except lunch at Cristofoli Winery)
- Other services not described in the included item
- We can accommodate most diets and dietary restrictions
- For private groups, the maximum is 15 people
Meeting Point: Porto Alegre Airport
This booking is made under Food’n Road – Terms & Policies. The contract for the purchase is between you and the supplier as per their cancellation terms described below:
Up to 41 days prior to arrival: full refund or credit to be used within 12 months;
40 to 15 days prior to arrival: 30% penalty on the value of the package;
14 days prior to arrival: 100% penalty on the package price.
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