Travel through Brazilian cooperativism


In the Gaucho mountains, the city of Bento Gonçalves is known as the Brazilian capital of Grapes and wine. Its a title won by being the largest producer of wines and grape derivatives in the country.


Located 109 kilometers from the capital of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, it's in the heart of Bento Gonçalves that the largest wine cooperative in the country is found: the Aurora Winery Cooperative. The story of Aurora goes back to 1875, when immigrants from northern Italy came to the area and found landscapes and climate similar to their home country. Later in the twentieth century, in 1931, sixteen families of grape growers in the city of Bento Gonçalves  laid the foundation stone of the Cooperative.


A year later, the Aurora Winery already accounted for the collective production of 317 thousand kilograms of grapes. Today, with more than eleven hundred member families, the cooperative is responsible for the average production of 50 million kilograms of grapes and 38 million liters of wine per year. It's industrial structure has a storage capacity of more than 70 million liters and a building area of 110,000 square meters.


The entire production is directed by technicians who come in contact daily with the producers, providing any necessary assistance. For routine production from planting seedlings to the bottling of  wine, the care is constant  These details contribute to the steady growth  of the Aurora Cooperative Winery.

 Aurora Winery

Brazilian Cooperative System

Cooperative System of Distrito Federal