Even with its immensity, the determined traveler can fly direct from Miami to either Belem, at the mouth of the Amazon River, or to Manaus, the unofficial capital of the region, about half way up the river. Santarem, about a fourth of the way up the river, and Iquitos, Peru, are also served by air. At the headwaters of the Amazon, Brazil shares the river with Peru and Colombia. Leticia, Colombia, is one of Colombia’s drug centers, drugs that end up in Europe and the United States.
To experience the Amazon means travel by river boat. Enasa, the navigation line owned by the Brazilian government, runs a regular but infrequent schedule between Belem and Iquitos (eight days upriver, four down watching the world’s biggest jungle glide by). Along with insect repellent and medicine in case of food poisoning, the traveler should take a mosquito net.
Although the master plan did not initially include a tasting room Brazil Map , the partners soon realized that in a region famed for its Bordeaux-style wines, they Brazil Map needed to spread the word about Rhones. Opened in 2002 and expanded in 2011, the tasting room sits amid a garden of roses, rosemary, and potted grapevines. Glass doors open onto a sheltered patio. To keep groups small and provide a more personal experience, the interior is divided into three rooms with a half-dozen tasting areas, some featuring views into the barrel room. The conversational buzz on a busy day sounds as if it is coming from a living room full of friends rather than a retail space. Winemaker Neil Collins ferments the wine using native yeasts, which impart characteristic flavors specific to the site.
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