Grande is a small
located by the banks of the Araçuaí River, near
the point where it flows into the Jequitinhonha River,
of which it is the largest tributary.
seniors tell that many years ago in that region, before crossing the old
river at Mariana´s Harbor, muleteers and cattle drivers many times stayed
overnight. With the noisy trampling of their mounts, they arrived from the
old Calhau - today called Araçuaí - to the neighboring city of Itaporé -
today called Coronel Murta -.
In that lodge,
around a fire that warmed up a caldron containing a typical bean stew, in
the warmhearted reunion of fellow friends, they told their stories, made
plans for the future and recalled shared moments, while drinking fine
"cachaças" manufactured there, through instructions passed from father to
son for decades.
went by... New technologies were absorbed, without losing the traditional
skills, responsible for the fine taste of the "cachaças" from the
Jequitinhonha Valley of which Vargem Grande (VG)
is an example.
About the muleteers and cattle drivers, it only
remained a longing tender memory ...