It's helpful to think of this part of the cachaça tour as a bit of an intermission. Why? Well, you'll find out in the video.
Vilarejo cachaça was the first one served to me by my in-laws upon arrival in Brazil this time around. I was impressed.
What's been interesting to observe is how various distilleries make use of the bagaço ("bagasse" in English), which is the fibrous waste product that's left over from crushing the cane. Vilarejo uses it as fuel to heat the alembique. Maria Izabel turns it into fertilizer for the cane fields. Magnífica (coming in part six) burns it to fire their steam engine.