Uruguayan Wine

Uruguay is considered the fourth most successful wine producing country in South America behind Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Its rise to prominence is based on the inky French grape, Tannat, known for its high tannin levels, hence its name. 

Tannat, the main grape of the Madiran, was brought over by Basque-French immigrant Pascual Harriague in 1870. (Decendants of the original cuttings still exist and are known as “Harriague.”) The grape proved perfectly suited to Uruguay’s sunny, but wet climate. It is produced in many examples of excellent dry red wines as well as a late harvest desert wine, that somehow tames the tannins into rich, sweet cocoa flavors. 
 
Other varietals grown in Uruguay are for reds: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. Whites: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and some instances of Viognier.  
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Tannat

    History of the grape: Tannat has been growing in southwest France for many centuries. The grape has the distinction o...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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  • Albariño

    History of the grape: Legend has it that Cluny monks from Burgundy brought the parentage of the grape, either Rieslin...

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  • Juanico

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  • Vineyards & Winery JUAN TOSCANINI E HIJOS S.A.

    Our history began in 1894 when `Don Juan Toscanini` and his wife `Doña Maria Bianchi` left their ...

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Uruguay on Snooth

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    Very floral nose with some spice hintcinnamon? Very refreshing, slightly tart with lots of green apple and, again some spiciness that almost makes me think Gewurztraminer. Very nice, again, spicy aftertaste. Read More

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  • Yup, we're on the same page lately, v v.  Not as hard to get as a ... ... ... having a Torrontes from Uruguay, tonight. Add a lot of flowery nose and this one has a lot of similarity to the Txakolina that v v reported.  Very refreshing green apple, but, then, also, some spiciness that almost suggests Gewurztraminer.  Spiciness lingers a bit o... Read More

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  • Good points.BTW - that Morgon by JP Brun is a really good place to start. Good ... ... Germany, South Africa, Uruguay, Argentina, Austria, many states in the US and well, the rest of the world.You're starting well. Keep it up.And you can find tasting descriptions here and there - you can take courses for the WSET or some sommelier association... Read More

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  • Don Pascual Tannat Roble Uruguay Rouge 2006

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  • Pisano Cabernet Sauvignon Rpf Reserva Personal de la Familia 2005

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    Great body wine. Read More

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  • Don Pascual Tannat 2005

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    Not bad... Read More

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  • Pisano Tannat Blend Rio de Los Pajaros 2005

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    Excellent relationship between quality and price. Well related with BBQ beef. Read More

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  • Shipping wine to CR is not an option, the regulatory hurdles are ... I believe ... I believe Punta del Este in Uruguay is the only place which is more expensive.Best of luck...LDH&nbs Read More

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  • Tannat Viejo H. Stagnari 2006

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  • Pizzorno Family Estates Don Prospero Cabernet Sauvignon Roble NV

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    A little rough on the nose, with booze and burnt rubber notes. The flavor is big and complex, with forceful tannins, lemon, and some sugary sweetness. It mellows a bit as it airs. OK. Read More

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  • I just came back from a trip to South America and tasted the Tannat grape for the first time while in Uruguay at a little family owned winery called Bodega Bouza. It was extremely tasty. Aroma contained hints of sweet fruits. I cannot find a place in Canada that imports this wine. Anyone know anywhere in North America to buy Uruguian wine?

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