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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  • Tannat

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

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  • Bodegas Carrau Tannat Reserva 2010


    Has become one of my favorites. Read More

    Wine review by Amg06460

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  • Rivera "Il Falcone" 2006


    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


    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


    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

  • Bodega Bouza Red Blend Tempranillo Tannat 2007


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    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

  • 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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