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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Varietals Produced in Uruguay View all

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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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...

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  • Bodegas Y Vinedos Bruzzone & Sciutto S.A.

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  • Bodega Varela Zarranz

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  • Castel Pujol

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  • Viñedo de los Vientos

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Uruguay on Snooth

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    Wine review by andybes


  • 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

    Wine review by Slipstream


  • Artesana Tannat Merlot Uruguay 2011

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    Wine review by mark


  • Bodegas Carrau Tannat Reserva 2010

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    Has become one of my favorites. Read More

    Wine review by Amg06460


  • Memories to last a lifetimeHow often have you said out loud, “I would ... to sample wines in Chile and Uruguay and celebrate at harvest time”Now go and do just that!We have the perfect adventure for you - Tom Olson of TKO wines has a great relationship with select Vintners in Chile and UruguayMarch 5 - 12, 2014   Small Luxury Wine Adventures Y... Read More

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  • Rivera "Il Falcone" 2006

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    Absolutely delicious wine!!! Amazing and ready to drink right out of the bottle. I'm buying as much 2010 as I can!! Read More

    Wine review by nikhilbott


  • Juanico Pueblo del Sol Rose de Tannat 2011

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    A rustic rose..reminds me of Tavel in that regard, but this is more astringent. Slightly juicy, with top notes of strawberry and bitter cherry. Refreshing, not too much alcohol. Would be good with heartier fare like lobster. A light mineral undercurrent. Dry, slightly tannic. Easy and delicious. Clean. Read More

    Wine review by benjamindehoog


  • Rivera Il Falcone Riserva Castel del Monte DOC 2004

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    Wine review by Barberolo


  • Vinedo de Los Vientos Tannat Alcyone 2010

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    With dark chocolate, this is as good as it gets (so far). Read More

    Wine review by DWCPSC


  • Viento Sur Reserva Tannat 2009

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    Wine review by alanb1108


  • 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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