Laurentia – Brazil Vineyards is a boutique winery created by Gilberto and Leonor Schwartsmann in 1996, in their beautiful countryside estate in Barra do Ribeiro, RS, located about 40 km from Porto Alegre. He is a doctor and professor. She is a doctor and historian. Both lived many years in Europe and the United States. During this period, the couple spent much of their leisure time visiting renowned wineries in different regions of the world. Later, back in Brazil, with their children, Guilherme and Laura, they decided to fulfill their dream that was long due: to produce quality winesin their estate.
After much study, scientific research and planning, and with the support of friends and connoisseurs of good wine industry, such as Rivaldo Hormuz, Adolfo Bag, Cleber Andrade and EvaldeFilipon, they decided to study the soil characteristics of their property, the climatic conditions of the region and the most suitable locations for future deployment of the vineyards. Until then, the region of Barra do Ribeiro did not have a clear vocation for the production of fine wines. Therefore, the Schwartsmann family decided to import a variety of red and white wines which were originated from the best European and American producers.
In 1996, Laurentia – Vineyards of Brazil was officially registered. Since then,different species of white and red wines were implanted in the vineyard,targeting to establish the true vocation of the wine region. During the following years, the winery went through various stages of experimentation, in which caring for the vineyards and the optimization of production processes were prioritized. The family’s dream was to produce quality wines, with the use of high technology, but at the same time with an artisanal approach.
In 2005, they began marketing the first products, such as the red wines Montepulciano and Tempranillo, the white Chardonnay and the Brut and Rosé sparkling. More recently, several other types of red and white wines began to be produced, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Merlot and Nebiollo .
Today, the Laurentia Vineyard is a boutique recognized in Brazil and abroad. In 2011, it was awarded the Gold Medal in the Brazilian Sparkling Competition. In 2012, it was honored the Merit Award at the International Wine Challenge in London, England and a Silver Medal at the International Competition of Brazilian wines. In 2013, it won the bronze medal with the 2012 Carmenereat the International Wine Challenge.
Wines and sparkling Laurentia started to be served at prestigious events all over the country, appearing on the menus of famous hotels such as the Copacabana Palace and renowned restaurants such as Antiquarius.
Currently, Laurentia also offers a large space to hold social events such as, weddings receptions and corporate gatherings, as well as an elegant guesthouse with about 11 rooms for visitors with good taste who wish to enjoy the cozy atmosphere of a countryside property, among vineyards, gardens and lakes. Laurentia also offers guided tours, wine tasting courses and wine culture courses.