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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  • Chardonnay

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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...

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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  • Bodega Bouza Red Blend Tempranillo Tannat 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Pisano Torrontés Cisplatino 2009


    Inky dark in the glass.Volatile, somewhat threatening nose--seems alcoholic--some woody, weedy hints. Very earth, minerally on the palate. Puckery tannins around the edges. Nice acid. Alcohol that I feared on the nose is not on the palate. This is a wine that is begging for food to accompany. Grilled steak, tonight. So, I am predicting th... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • 100 Anos Reserva Familiar Cabernet Sauvignon Gimenez Mendez Canelones Uruguay 2010


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Maldonado Chardonnay Napa Valley Los Olivos Vineyard 2008


    Yum! Chardonnay typically not a favorite for me but I slurped this one down. At price point, would not have bought if had been able to get at a tasting. Even the nose was delicious, well balanced. A somehow silky, balanced blend of tastes and textures including some fruits (without going citrus, fruity or pineapple-y), drier than some Chardon... Read More

    Wine review by donealrice

  • Bodegas Carrau Tannat Reserva 2010


    Aroma: Red fruit and spiceTaste: Vanilla and caramelPrice: $15Really nice Tannat from Uruguay! Read More

    Wine review by Grape Occasions

  • Bodegas Carrau Nebbiolo Vilasar 2000


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    Wine review by marotta

  • Bodega Bouza Tannat A6 Parcela Unica 2008


    This 100% tannat has full jammy aromas with plum and hint of spice, rich flavors of blackberry and cherry, very smooth and pleasant tannins on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Zinmaniac

  • Ariano Tannat Canelones NV


    Ariano Tannat 2008, Tannat simple but meet, poultry friendly, mature fruit, violet smell. A litte acid in mouth, tanins strong and evoluting. Read More

    Wine review by sergioriss

  • Bodegas Carrau Sauvignon Blanc Sur Lie 2009


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    Wine review by sampa63

  • Viñedo de Los Vientos Chardonnay Blend Atlàntida Estival 2007


    Unusual wine - at my tasting they either really like it or not at all. I enjoyed it because 1st time I had it. Tannic and acidic but not in an offensive way. Read More

    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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