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Rural tourism itineraries show the origins of Gramado

Official Tourism Agency of the 32nd Natal Luz de Gramado, Vento Sul has several options of entertainment in the mountains of Rio Grande do Sul. Amidst the availability of buses and vans at the arrival of passengers at the Salgado Filho airport in Porto Alegre, the agrotourism routes specially developed by the company stand out. Aiming at providing the opportunity to meet and discover some of the most beautiful – and unknown – scenarios of the region, Vento Sul offers three options of tours – as described below.

The trips happen every day of the week, always aboard old buses, called “Princesinhas”, name in allusion to the novel Tieta and a bus in that style called affectionately of “Marinete, the little princess of the agreste”. There are four vehicles available for the ride, Dodge Fargo 1948, 1958 Chevrolet Apache, 1970 Ford Bicudo and 1974 Mercedes Benz, all meticulously prepared to enhance the experience. The embarkation works at the South Wind sales point in the Ethnic Square, next to the Bus Station.

It is worth mentioning the announcement of the expansion of the infrastructure of Vento Sul with the objective of expanding its activity in emissive tourism in the region. The company will open its own headquarters in Canela – Visconde de Mauá Street – and the modernization of its headquarters in Gramado for January 2018. In this way and not by chance, only in the first nine months of this year, Vento Sul Turismo registered an increase of 20 % in the number of passengers transported and events performed.

TOUR DO VALE – Duration: 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Monday, Wednesday and Friday
The dirt road, the clean air, the nature, the colonial houses and the visit to the Italian and German families provide unforgettable moments in the Valley of Quilombo and Line 28, in the interior of Gramado. Next to the hills of intense vegetation, rivers and waterfalls, through araucarias camp, kiwi and grape vines aboard a typically colonial bus, tourists come to know the natural beauties that Gramado hides inside.
Marcon family: the field’s handling is what marks the first stop of the tour. The Italian couple Vicente and Fátima Marcon shares the story of their ancestors in the family memorial, showing objects that were used by their parents, planting corn and handling with animals.
Alambique Rossa: the art of producing cachaça, graspa and wine is what marks this part of the tour. Who leads is the owner and producer Romeu Rossa, who tells the story of his family.
Barreta Family: In a century-old half-timbered house, where a Kerb Hall used to be, the visitor is welcomed by its owners Jovani and Margarete Baretta, who serve a tasty afternoon coffee with true colonial products, filled with cakes, juices and coffees.

TOUR ÁVILA LINE – Duration: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Tuesdays and Thursdays
The life story of men and women, who with great zeal and hard work, colonized the lands we now call Gramado. Germans, Italians, Portuguese, French and Gauchos built a good place to live and, through their customs, a large table, religiousness and entrepreneurship turned the small mountain town into a tourist and cultural reference.
Wagner Family: Tasty sweets and jellies, produced by the couple Lírio and Terezinha, gain prominence in the first point of visitation.
Cantina Nonno Giovanni: The Italian immigration is told by the couple Alcione and Marivani in a cozy environment near the house where they live. The production of handicraft wine in a deactivated smoking greenhouse will take the attention of the visitors, who will know the “formula” to make wines. Cheeses, salami, juices, preserves, honey and homemade breads will be tasted and can be purchased by visitors.
Villa Schonrhein: The itinerary concludes with a typical and delicious German coffee, including Eisbein (pork knee), kartoffel (potato), sauerkraut and other delicacies at Villa Schönrhein, owned by the couple João Pedro and Rose Marie Rheinheimer. Tradition: the gaucho culture closes the tour with a golden key. Dressed in typical robes, the entrepreneur Mauricio talks about the life and the customs of the gaucho people. The craftsmanship produced by her mother-in-law, Vânia, rescues traditional techniques from Germany and France, which refer to the origins of the families of her parents and her husband. The typical roasted baker in the ditch ends the script.

TOUR O QUATRILHO – Duration: 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
In the midst of valleys and streams in the localities of Campestre do Tigre and Tapera, where the protagonists of the book and movie “The Quatrilho” lived, the tourist is invited to know the history of the families that colonized these lands. The cultivation of fruit and the production of wine, a colonial mill, the enchanting scenery of a belvedere, nature and the abundant table transform the tour and an unforgettable moment.
Lazaretti family: for more than 120 years the Lazaretti family has taken root in a small piece of land in the interior of Gramado. In his cellar, with barrels produced over 100 years, also tells how is prepared colonial wine and graspa, which can be tasted by the visitor. Grins family: in the Grins family mill, in the estate where the protagonists of the novel “The Quatrilho”, Nicodemus and Maria, Joseph and Carolina lived in the year 1893, the couple Eduardo and Marlize tell the story of these characters that marked the time. The visitor is invited to visit the cemetery where it is possible to see the tomb where Nicodemus and Mary are. Next to the cemetery is the Church of Pedra Santo Antonio, where the marriages of the couples were held. Morro da Polenta: an exuberant view is appreciated by the tourist at this point of the tour. Morro da Polenta, 900 meters high, is used as a gazebo. Ramm Family: At the entrance to the house of Ingo and Isolde Ramm the visitor is taken by the interior climate to the sound of accordion. The tourist is invited to savor a rich and tasty typical German colonial coffee, with recipes inherited from their ancestors. The receptivity of the couple leaves in the visitor the desire to return and relive unforgettable moments.