Miolo's story began in 1897 when Guiseppe Miolo arrived in Brazil from Italy. He had a passion for wine and settled in the Vale de Vinhedos to grow grapes, and the Miolo family have continued to pioneer Brazilian wines ever since. After years as a supplier of grapes they began to bottle wine under their own label in 1990. Michel Rolland, the acclaimed French winemaker and consultant, helped them to set up their business, advising on viticulture methods and the acquisition of the latest technologies in the winery. In 2009 the business was transformed into The Miolo Group, a joint venture with the Miolo, Randon and Benedetti families. The group is headed up by Adriano Miolo, and their philosophy is to explore the terroirs of Brazil and raise the profile of Brazilian wines to show the world the potential of the country. They are one of the founders of Wines of Brazil and currently the largest exporter of Brazilian wines. The group operate four wineries. The Miolo Winery in Vale de Vinhedos, Seival Estate in Campanha Meridional, and Almaden Winery in Campanha Central which are all in the Rio Grande do Sul wine region of Brazil, in the very south of the country along the Uruguayan and Argentinian borders, and the Terranova Winery in Vale de Sᾶu Francisco in the Bahia wine region in the north-east of Brazil. A total of around 1,000 hectares of their own vineyards are currently cultivated with an array of grape varieties to produce roughly 10 million litres of wine annually, which is exported to over 30 countries. Miolo produce a wide portfolio of still and sparkling wines, from entry to super-premium level. The still wines include a single vineyard range, and the sparkling wines are made in both the Charmat and Traditional Methods, and offer great value for money.