Anyone who likes an excellent artisanal cachaça cannot fail to visit Socorro Hydromineral Resort – a tourist city located in the Circuito das Águas Paulista and a reference in adventure and ecotourism. It is worth including in the itinerary the numerous places that offer the “branquinha”: from visitation in the production to following the process to sites for tasting and purchase. A tour with lots of nature and beautiful landscapes involves drinking the country’s historical and cultural heritage.
“In addition to employing, it has articulation in the economic sector such as rural tourism. The production of cachaça preserves the tradition of our region; they are small families giving continuity to the municipality’s history. Passing from parent to child”, Wellen Mazzolini de Lima Moraes, daughter of João Evangelista, owner of Alambique Pioneer, is proud. “Just like coffee, the climate and the environment influence the plant’s flavor. Grown between the mountains of Socorro covered with forests and in healthy soil, the raw material has a differentiated quality,” points out.
At the Emporio Nono Volpi, traditional in cachaça, they are aged in oak, pink jequitibá, balsam or amburana barrels. The best seller is Gabriela – with honey and cinnamon -aged in oak. But there are countless options for flavored cachaças: honey, banana, jabuticaba, aniseed, hazelnut, Catuaba, camelina, and rapadura.
Already in Pioneer, it is possible to do a guided tour to know the production area, grinding, boiler, tacks, and still. There, silver (branquinha) cachaça is made; gold cachaça (aged in oak and ambulance vats), and cinnamon; but the flagship is the cachaça in the cane, with a sweet flavor due to in nature. There are 35 years of artisanal and family production, which includes molasses, rapadura, and brown sugar, sold along with cachaças in a small shop on the property. However, cachaças are also sold in Socorro, in more excellent São Paulo, and Maringá, in Paraná.
Open to the public (with an entry fee) and accessible to guests, it is visited Hotel Fazenda Campo dos Sonhos. Tourists who arrive around 10 am will have a monitored visit, demonstrating the entire cachaça production process, from the sugarcane plantation to the alembic, which maintains its bottling. The result is the cachaça from Campo dos Sonhos.
Savoring the drink in an artisanal way is with the Flavors of Currupira, which since 2015, has worked in rural tourism. The cachaças are stored in barrels where they are tanned with fruit and the cane itself. There are six types of cachaça: pure, banana, oak, coffee, brown sugar, and the best-selling cachaça in the club. In addition to the kiosk in Horto, cachaça can be found at Grínberg’s Village Hotel, and they are sold all over Brazil through an app.
O Emporium of Christ and the Cachaçaria Santo Me sell several cachaças mentioned above.
Caipirinha and doses
Who wants to drink a caipirinha with the landscapes and climate of the countryside? The tip is the St. Benedict restaurant, which comes in lemon, kiwi, strawberry, and pineapple flavors.
At the Lion Bar and Restaurant tip is to try Macunaíma: jambu cachaça with lemon, sugar, and fernet.
Tourists who go to lunch or enjoy the sunset in Pedra Bela Vista will be able to try the Pedra cachaça, flavored by themselves with lemongrass, served by the dose or in the Stone Mood drink, which still has Malibu rum, lemon, and sparkling water.
In the same way, it is the bet on the cider of the restaurant of Camping Boaretto – Vale das Pedras, whose specialty is Caipirinha de Cidreira with Lemon. The cider is planted and harvested on the farm, so it is always fresh to prepare the drink with artisanal cachaça. Another option is to taste the white cachaças, aged yellow, and sugar cane.
O rock & soul bar, there are several types of caipirinhas on the menu, some of them made with white cachaça, such as the caipirinha made with pitaya, one of the house’s hits. If the preference is by dose, they serve white and gold cachaças, both artisanal.
Discover Socorro: Estancia Hidromineral de Socorro is the gateway to the Circuito das Águas Paulista, composed of nine municipalities. It is already a national reference in adventure and accessible tourism and is dedicated to becoming a sustainable and sustainable destination. Pet friendly. For this, several awareness actions are created and involve residents, businessmen, and tourists. Varied cuisine, leisure for the whole family, and the best experience in cultural activities and tours surrounded by the natural beauties of Serra da Mantiqueira. Guided or self-guided tours on more than 1300km of rural paths are available to the public. In 2021, the “adventure city” – with more than 20 adventure and ecotourism activities – received the Safe Travels seal granted by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). In addition to being a finalist in the Adventure and Ecotourism categories, it was the winner of the Top Social Destination in the Top Tourist Destinations award. Also, Socorro became the first Brazilian city to qualify as a member of the Cittaslow network, an international association of localities “where living is good.” official tourism.
ASTUR – The Estância de Socorro Tourism Association – SP, which aims to promote actions for the sustainable development of associated companies and the promotion of tourism in Socorro, always in line with the city’s COMTUR (Municipal Tourism Council). At the “Hydromineral Resort” – status won by fulfilling specific prerequisites defined by State Law, which also gives the municipality the right to add it to its name – currently, there are 80 associated companies from various tourist sectors such as accommodation, ecotourism, adventure activities, rural tourism, gastronomy, and shopping.