Don't-Touch-Me, Rio Grande do Sul

Brazilians are known for their warmth and joviality, though some say the further north one goes, the warmer the people (and the weather, of course). Going in the opposite direction, a little under 4 hours drive northwest of Porto Alegre, there’s a county called Não-Me-Toque (Don’t-Touch-Me) in Rio Grande do Sul. I’d say that being so far from the state’s capital, surely not many people will be touching down there but, before judging the county, let’s take a closer look.

The Great Grape Festival of Caxias do Sul

The Festa da Uva (or, Grape Festival) is a Brazilian celebration of Italian heritage which takes place every two years in the town of Caxias do Sul, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. For close to 80 years, the residents have put on the celebration which usually falls around mid-February, lasting two weeks. As part of the festivities, local producers of food and wine present their best products to the public in an effort to both spread knowledge of their Italian roots and, of course, make a few sales.