Santa Rita developed a seminar and tasting of six of the world’s best Cabernet Sauvignons in Brazil
The seminar took place during the Wine & Food Festival, one of Brazil’s most important gastronomic events, and included blind tastings of Cabernet Sauvignons from Australia, USA, France, Italy, and Chile.

The number of hectares planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in Chile has increased by 300% in the past two decades, and it is now the country’s leading variety and a favorite among Brazilians.

One of Brazil’s most important gastronomic events, Wine & Food, took place in Río de Janeiro on October 17–23. The event was led by the renowned Brazilian wine specialist Marcelo Copello.

Viña Santa Rita made its presence felt in one of its most important export destinations at the Copacabana Palace Hotel on October 19 with a seminar entitled “Cabernet Sauvignon: a global exploration of one of the world’s greatest noble grape varieties,” led by Santa Rita Technical Director and Head Winemaker Andrés Ilabaca and Viticultural Manager Gerardo Leal. Manoel Boato, who has been named the Best Sommelier of Brazil on numerous occasions and who works at the prestigious Fasano Restaurant, will moderate the session.

This is the third time that Santa Rita has offered this educational seminar in an international setting. It was attended by wine writers and people associated with the wine industry. Previous versions of the seminar were held in New York in 2014 and London in 2013.

This year’s program addressed issues such as the genetics of Cabernet Sauvignon, the world’s best terroirs for the variety, the important role that Chile plays among South American countries, and how Alto Maipo had been recognized as one of the four key regions in the world for producing it.

The program included blind tasting six of the world’s finest Cabernet Sauvignons from Australia, USA, France, Italy, New Zealand and Chile, with an educational spirit. Attendees had the technical information of the wines and a comparison of the characteristics of terroir, providing value-added information to the wine writers and customers.

The “Cabernet Sauvignon: a global exploration of one of the world’s greatest noble grape varieties” seminar was streamed at and also was accessed through the SantaRitaWinesBrasil Facebook page with the #cabernetsiconicos hashtag.

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Cabernet Sauvignon, the variety that bridges Chile and Brazil

Cabernet Sauvignon is now Chile’s most widely planted variety by far. It is also among the most exported varieties, and Brazil is one of the most attractive markets for the national industry.

According to SAG (Chile’s Agricultural and Livestock Service), the number of hectares planted to Cabernet Sauvignon has risen 300% over the past 20 years. Now at 44,100 hectares, Cabernet Sauvignon has become the country’s most widely planted variety, surpassing the former leader, País, which is now primarily found in the VII Region.

Cabernet Sauvignon now represents 32.1% of the total wine grapes planted in Chile, up from just 20% twenty years ago.
In 2015 Chile exported 609,614 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon to Brazil—a value of US$17.7 million, making that country the fifth largest destination for Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon.

Brazil receives 7% of all the Cabernet Sauvignon that Chile exports. It is one of the most widely consumed varieties in that country, and Chile is its primary supplier, followed by Argentina.