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Bento Gonçalves - RS - Brasil - Fone/Fax: (0xx) 54 3455.3555
ABOUT BENTO GONÇALVES:
Bento Gonçalves is the Brazilian Capital of Grapes and Wine and the biggest and most expressive furniture pole of the State. In this city characterized by vales and slopes and crossed by gullies, more than 600 meters above sea level, one can find dozens of vineyards - from some of the biggest in the country to small family owned ones - keeping alive the traditions brought by Italian immigrants by the end of the 19th century.
The site in which the city was founded was inhabited by indigenous people of the Caigangue tribe since immemorial times, and was populated by immigrants coming from Italy from 1875, resulting from efforts of the imperial government to develop the region. Thus since the first immigration waves, thousands of immigrants, not only from Italy but also Portuguese, German, Polish and Spanish arrived in Brazil and settled on the land where the city is located nowadays.
Located in the vineyards region, it presents as main attraction the Fenavinho Park, which holds fairs, exhibitions, sports and cultural events. Its natural attraction are many.
By arriving in Bento Gonçalves, the visitor is literally entering the "world of wine". At the city's main entrance, a 17 meters tall barrel-shaped portico welcomes the visitors. The Portico Varrel, built in 1985, is considered to be one of the key features of the city by replacing the former which was made out of wood.
The Via Del Vino, located downtown the city, holds the Casa del Vino, a place in which, in party days, they distribute the "Vinho Encanado". The wine comes from the barrels and through a series of pipes gets to the distribution taps. Along the Via Del Vino, in front of the Minucipal Palace, there is a fountain called "La Fontana", a fountain that sprouts water the color of wine.
At the Italian Theme Park the visitors can get acquainted with the history of that time. There are nine different scenarios with sound and light special effects depicting the emotions and needs the immigrants experienced since they left Italy until they arrived in Brazil. At the end, everyone is invited for a delicious tasting of wines, grape juice and traditional cookies (recipe of Lazaro and Rosa).
Squeezed by mountains from both sides, the Rio das Antas river forma a deep valley shaped like a horseshoe. This spectacle of nature can be appreciated from overlooks installed along the RST 470. The place is located 14 km away from the center of Bento Gonçalves.
The bridge is one of the biggest of its style. The bridge is 278 meters long and has no sustaining pillars as during the flood times of the Antas river the waters get to a speed of 4 meters per second, and that would be enough to endanger the structure.
Cooperativa Vinícola Aurora was the first wine producer to open its doors to visitors. The script shows the various procedures of the art of crafting wines, traveling corridors with oak barrels, stainless steel tanks and huge wooden barrels. On site the winery offers free tastings of its entire line of products. In the company's retail, tourists have the opportunity to acquire the products tasted.
The Monument to Italian immigrants opened in October 2005 within the celebrations of 130 years of Italian Immigration in Rio Grande do Sul, the official work elusive to date. The sculpture, by artist Gustavo Neffa Nakle, is entirely in bronze, weighing 121 tons. Beyond the artistic value, the monument honors the effort and the work of so many men and women who dedicated their lives to build the greatness of Bento Gonçalves municipality.
In the Art Walk works of 29 local artists are being exhibited. The paintings, done in oil paint and acrylic, and sealed wood carvings are protected by armored glass plates and depict the history of colonization and of Italian culture, the development of the city and scenes of the day-to-day.
The Municipal Palace, neoclassical architectural style, opened in September 20, 1902 and is situated on Via Del Vino, in the city center. By the year 1935, worked in the building several public offices, including the Elementary School General Bento Gonçalves da Silva, in which Ernesto Geisel, former president of the Republic, studied.