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São Paulo allows some interesting rides, which are near the capital. A good alternative to the tourists who come to the land of Flags.
Forest clearance, Indians, dense jungle unexplored by the white man, unknown wildlife. This was the situation that the pioneers faced when venturing into the interior, creating paths that became roads and cities over time. Raposo Tavares, Jonathan Day, Anhanguera, as it was called Bartolomeu Bueno da Silva, are some of the names given in honor of the brave pioneers.
Until the Bandeirantes Palace, seat of government of the state of São Paulo, render them homage. The capital is full of fascinating stories. Among them the names of cities themselves. The frontiersmen, that besides the Portuguese spoke Tupi, named several places with toponyms, including Sorocaba, which comes from the Tupi language and means “ place of opening”. Tupi was the language spoken by Indians and this region inhabited tupiniquins.
One of the cities that arose in this region, west of the capital, is the tourist city of São Roque which is 60 km from the capital. The city was founded by the Portuguese pioneer of the Algarve region, Pedro Vaz de Barros (known as Vaz Guaçu) in the second half of the seventeenth century, which formed a huge farm there geared for wine and wheat planting, erecting a chapel dedication São Roque.
Today, there is a church in devotion to the patron saint of the city and the place is known as Square Matrix. Fernão Paes de Barros, brother Guaçu Vaz, also formed a farm in the same way and his faith led him to raise a church in devotion to St. Anthony.
The wineries thrived from the late nineteenth century, when it also reached the Italian and Portuguese immigrants toasting us with their European customs of wine produced at home and typical foods. Today this place also received a special name that is the Wine Road.
This script takes the tourist to various wineries as the XV Wines November (Quinta do Moraes), Vila Don Patto, Canguera Wines, Quinta do Olivardo, among many other equally or more famous in the backdrop of domestic wines, as Caete and Goes. Most provide tasting, snacks, cheeses, restaurants ranging from simple to sophisticated. The price of food is a little salty, but the good outweigh handcrafted wines and can be found for very reasonable values.
There are options for all tastes. Red, dry, smooth, white, fortified, demisecs, sparkling. Ask everyone to try and take care not to increase the ethyl levels. If you need one of these wineries have lunch and take that nap before heading back to the city. Another option is to stay in the city, which has lodges and hotels.
In winter wines and food alternate flavors and aromas that mingle with the light morning breeze, the mist that covers the vineyards. The Wine Road is a tasty ride literally. Is close to the capital (about an hour by car), the roads are good and the path of the wineries are especially beautiful and quiet. It is worth knowing that different São Paulo without so many people with backwoods air.
In San Roque, tourists still finds a curious artificial ski track, made of plastic, located on Ski Mountain Park, a private park.
Raposo Tavares (SP 270)
Castelo Branco highway (SP 280)
There are other minor roads:
Motorway Quintino de Lima (SP 270/60)
Highway Engineer Rene Benedito da Silva (SP 274)
Foreign tourists, and we advise you take a map of the area and get more information before the trip, to make a smooth ride.
Mother Church . Photo: Handout / City of San Roque
Big house and chapel of San Antonio . Photo: Handout / City of San Roque
Landscape in the back roads which also lead to wineries scattered throughout the Wine Road. Photo: aloimage
Wine Road , can be seen from the top of the winery Vila Don Patto. One who has an extensive infrastructure to receive tourists. Photo: aloimage
Barrels of wine in Vineyard and old presses XV de Novembro. Photo: aloimage
Decorative barrel ahead of Canguera Wines, located in the district of the same name, in the Wine Road. It has a restaurant, playground and cellar for tasting. Photo: aloimage
Vineyard at the winery Quinta do Olivardo. Crowded restaurant and cellar all the time. Hefty price for the good Portuguese food. Photo: aloimage
Map overview of the Raposo Tavares highway and Wine Road. Google Maps
General map between Sao Paulo and Sao Roque. Google Maps
All visits wineries offer wine tasting with great courtesy, as in the Fifth Moraes, XV Winery in November. Also try a dose of Bagaceira, incomparable! Photo: Handout / Quinta do Moraes