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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Uruguay View all

  • La Carolina - Wineries - Export

    We produce 4 millons liters of wine per year,specially tannat-tannat rose-cabernet sauvignon - A...

  • Castel Pujol


  • Reinaldo de Lucca

    This small winery set in one of the most ancient viticultural regions of Uruguay, is over 100 yea...

  • Casa Filgueira

    The excellence of the Filgueira wines starts with the quality of the grape. For this reason, the ...

  • Bodega Carlos Pizzorno

    Founder of the winery in 1910. Don Prospero Jose Pizzorno, an Italian visionary and enterprising ...

  • Bodegas Castillo Viejo

    It is a pleasure for us, the third generation of the Etcheverry family, founders of Castillo Viej...

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Uruguay on Snooth

  • Bodegas Epifanio Rivera Ribera del Duero 2008


    First, this wine is mistagged as being from Uruguay, it's actually from the Ribera del Duero DOC of SPAIN. There was a strong cedar/juniper-like nose upon opening, which faded a lot after a couple of hours of decanting. There is nice fruitiness to the wine with a nice balance of tannins on the finish. It really does need time to breathe before d... Read More

    Wine review by noshooz

  • Bodegas Carrau Pinot Noir Reserva 2008


    I rarely love a wine so much that I will special order it. I first had this wine upon the recommendation of our waiter at The Publican restaurant in Chicago. Everyone in our party made a point to write down the information on the label. I was finally able to get it by ordering a case from Binny's--it seems that it is pretty hard to find. Read More

    Wine review by bsilhasek

  • Viñedo de Los Vientos Chardonnay Blend Atlàntida Estival 2007


    Tannat from Uruguay does not have the same complexity of flavor as those from Madiran in my opinion. I prefer Pierre Laplace Madiran. Read More

    Wine review by geauxt

  • Domaine Monte de Luz Tannat-Cabernet Reserva 2007


    Nose of cinnamon spice, flowers, mint and ripe berries. It's powerful and full bodied with flavors of sour cherry, raspberry with some slight chocolate and white pepper. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 10/2/10 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Maldonado Parr Vineyard Chardonnay Wine Spectator 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by Pandorra

  • Rivera Castel del Monte Chardonnay Preludio N.1 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by fthead9

  • Bodegas Carrau Tannat Reserva 2006


    A dark, smoky wine. Rich with tannins, hint of plums. Read More

    Wine review by Coastalcorks

  • Bodegas Epifanio Rivera Ribera del Duero 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by Bret Lewis

  • I stopped in at the Tucson "Total Wine" Store yesterday, since I was in Tucson ... producing countries, even Uruguay and Israel! (yes, also Virginia). Even at the end a section on spirits and cigars (dont' smoke em, but somebody else might).I also like the fact that they have included prices for major wines offered from each region, because th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Visit to "Total Wine"

  • So...I am very much into soccer and world cup time is special to me, watching ... the games. Today semi final Uruguay - Netherlands. I always liked Uruguay, very nice people, kind of a smaller version or Argentina, without the attitude. So as I had some shopping to do in the morning I came over a Tannat from Uruguay that I tried before and lik... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Uruguay, Tannat

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