Lidio Carraro Quorum 2006
Earliest harvest of Vale dos Vinhedos vineyards took place in 2002, which is what allowed for the creation of Lidio Carraro's first wines, that were released to the market in 2004. Shortly thereafter, the wineryprovides a selection to represent Brazilian wines at the Duty-free international airports’ stores, becoming the first Brazilian producer to do it, in its own country. In 2005, the winery opened the doors to the world and Lidio Carraro started having international attention, leading to the first export.
With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.