Top 100 white wines of Santa Catarina

Discover the top 100 best white wines of Santa Catarina as well as the best winemakers in the region. Explore the varietals of the white wines that are popular of Santa Catarina and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Discovering the wine region of Santa Catarina

Santa Catarina is a state in the far South of Brazil. Quality wine production is still in its early stages, but is likely to develop rapidly as the industry develops country wide. To date, Santa Catarina's production is a mix of red, white and Sparkling wines. It Lies immediately North of the country's southernmost state (and most prolific wine region), Rio Grande do Sul.

Located between the latitudes of 26°S and 29°S, Santa Catarina is far from the most obvious of locations for winegrowing. It lies entirely outside the 'wine belt' (the band of latitudes in which effective viniculture is traditionally thought possible). In the southern hemisphere, the wine belt encircles the globe between 30°S and 45°S. It is on the high-lying plateau, the Planalto Catarinense, that almost all of Santa Catarina's vineyards are located.

The main wine-producing zones are in the central-southern portion of the state, around the towns of Sao Joaquim, Campos Novos and Cacador. Altitude plays a key role in the Terroir here, particularly in keeping temperatures down. The plateau ranges between 915m and 1400m (3000ft and 4600ft). Basalt soils feature strongly in some parts of the planalto and are credited with bringing complexity to the wines.

News from the vineyard of Santa Catarina

Napa Valley Grapegrowers to receive climate change funding

While vineyards are managed one vintage at a time, farming practices take a longer view. A survey of the Napa Valley Grapegrowers members found that, on average, about 90% wanted more education and resources for water conservation, climate resilience and climate-smart farming opportunities. This grant will go a long way to help provide those resources. ‘Farmers are by nature risk averse,’ said Molly Williams of Napa Valley Grapegrowers. ‘Climate change poses considerable risks. We aren’t plantin ...

Decanter 360° Academy initiative launches

Decanter is very excited to announce the launch of the Decanter 360 Academy, which is now open for applications. Find out more and apply here. We’re looking for our first Decanter 360° Academy Trainee – somebody with a real enthusiasm for taking the first steps in their wine industry career.  If you’re interested in the world of wine but don’t know where to start, this might just be the opportunity for you. We recognise that the wine industry can seem daunting from the outside and we want to do ...

Distilled – carbon-neutral Yorkshire vodka launched

What to drink now… Mimosa Perfect for spring brunch, the Mimosa is a mix of equal parts Champagne and orange juice. The cocktail is attributed to Frank Meier, head bartender at the Paris Ritz, who served the first Mimosa in 1925, though the recipe appeared elsewhere in France at the same time. Either way, it’s a twist on the British Buck’s Fizz, invented in 1921 at the Buck’s Club in London, which used more Champagne and could include gin. Avoid vintage fizzes or special cuvées: a classic ...

Top wines in regions and sub-regions of Santa Catarina