After a 17 year absence, the São Roque Wine Festival is back. São Roque, located just 54km from São Paulo, was once know as the wine capital of the southeast and and was the inventor of the first draught wine (a kind of wine Chopp). However, the region lost most of its producers due to strong competition from Rio Grande do Sul back in the 1980s. The region is now making a comeback, though, and producers have substituted traditional wines for more sophisticated ones such as cabernet, cabernet sauvignon and Riesling. Organizers are expecting a large attendance at this year’s event, which is the first since 1987, when 100,000 visitors showed up. The festival will be held at a little known ski resort called Ski Mountain Park, just outside São Roque. Before you get too excited though, there is no actual snow, just a slope with plastic tracks and skis.there is also a cable car to get you back to the top. There are also other activities such as paintball, crossbow, rappel, tree climbing etc.
Where: São Roque, Ski Mountain Park. Tel.: (011) 4712 8676
When: June 26 – July 18. Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 10am to 10pm
Entrance: R$3
Website: www.sroque.com.br

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