Rio Carnival beat every other non-Champagne sparkling wine at this week-end’s FiZZ Festival to win the coveted FIZZ Festival People’s Choice Award. With more than 400 consumers voting for their favourite FIZZ it was a great exposure for Brazilian wines and a testament to the quality of wine coming from this sparkling wine country.
“This is a massive category, that’s why it’s the hardest category to win”, said organiser Janet Harrison. With competition from Prosecco and other sparkling wines from Italy, Cremants from France, sparkling wines from South Africa and Australia, the Rio Carnival stormed to the top of the leader board to win this prestigious award. Consumers were talking non-stop about this Brazilian wine over the weekend. “Rio Carnival is one of the New World’s strongest rivals to Prosecco” was the comment most often heard from this audience of millennial wine drinkers.
“Salton is the Brazilian winery we chose to work with”, said Emma Dawson, South American buyer at Marks and Spencer. “We have always been impressed by the quality of their wines, and we are thrilled that the wine we created with them has been recognised by the general public too”.
Innovative winemaker Gregorio Salton was thrilled to win this award saying “it makes all the sleepless nights during the harvest worth it when you know people on the other side of the world are appreciating your wines!”
The Salton winery is currently looking for an importer in the UK to work with their other ranges of still and sparkling wines. They are experienced exporters and have the highest quality standards in the winery and in the vineyard. Some of their wines are Fairtrade registered. They are based in the Vale dos Vinhedos in the South of Brazil, and are especially known throughout Brazil for their sparkling wines. They are very much a family owned and managed business. The family’s roots are in the Veneto from where they emigrated in the 1870’s, and they still have very strong Italian influences in their lives and in their wines.
For many of Fizz’s visitors it was the first time they’d tasted Brazilian wine and without exception they were hugely complimentary of the quality of the wines they tasted, which, as well as the Rio Carnival included wines from Miolo and Casa Valduga. The Wines of Brasil generic logan ‘Wake Up The Brazilian in You’ couldn’t have been more relevant at this superbly organised sparkling wine event.
About Rio Carnival: It is a charmat sparkling wine made from Glera, the Prosecco grape. The wine is made by the family owned winery Salton in partnership with Marks and Spencer. Rio Carnival is available exclusively from Marks & Spencer in-store and on-line at £9.99
About Brazilian sparkling wine: 50% of all wine made in Brazil is sparkling. The range of sparkling wine styles is something that really differentiates Brazil in the world of wine. Apart from England they are proportionately the largest producer of sparkling wine in the world.