On the 14th of February 1931, sixteen families of grape growers from the town of Bento Gonçalves joined forces to create the cornerstone of what would become the largest enterprise of its kind in Brazil: COOPERATIVA VINÍCOLA AURORA (Aurora Wine Cooperative). One year later, with a combined output of 317,000 kilos of grape the cooperative set about to become not only the largest, but also the most technologically advanced enterprise in the sector. Located in the heart of Bento Gonçalves, Aurora Wine Coop is the largest in Brazil. More than 1,100 families count themselves as members of the cooperative and production is coordinated by experts in daily contact with the grape producers, supplying advice and assistance where required. For more than two decades Aurora has occupied its top position, it made possible through the continuing modernisation of its industrial premises, utilisation of the latest technology and a rigorous quality control system, with ISO 9001, 14001 and 22000.