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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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  • Cabernet Franc

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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  • Uruguay grows more Tannat than anywhere else. The Tannat grape contains more oligomeric procyanidins (OPCs) than any other grape variety. Recent research, led by Dr. Roger Corder (a cardiovascular expert at the William Harvey Research Institute in London) makes the case for oligomeric procyanidins (OPCs) as the source of red wine's health benef...

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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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    No written review

    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


  • 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 Castel del Monte Chardonnay Preludio N.1 2006

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    Tight and still quite oaky on the nose, with inky fruit, black spice notes and nuanced tea and tobacco aromas. Soft, broad and quite generous in the mouth, this lacks the tension of the 2005 and a little of the complexity as well, though it does offer up ripe dark berry fruit that shows a little chocolate, mocha edge through the moderately long ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 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 Castel del Monte Chardonnay Preludio N.1 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by Lsciabar


  • 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


  • http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/food_and_drink/wine/article7146978.ece Good old Tim

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  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/expatnews/7479474/Uruguay-is-wine-worlds-rising-star.html What more can we say

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  • 4 medals for our wines at the International Wine Challenge Awards 2010 Amazing for such a small portfolio Wines Of Uruguay UK www.winesofuruguay.co.uk Its soil is clay based and the balanced distribution of sun, rainfall, and temperature in Uruguay are optimal for the growth of vines.

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  • http://eatwineblog.com/2010/05/13/natures-botox-drink-your-tannat/ Even more reasons to drink tannat

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  • Without doubt... One glass everyday... What a medicine! You can also eat some fruit like orange or peach in order to get Vitamin C and you will have a strong inmune system...

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  • Uruguay grows more Tannat than anywhere else. The Tannat grape contains more oligomeric procyanidins (OPCs) than any other grape variety. Recent research, led by Dr. Roger Corder (a cardiovascular expert at the William Harvey Research Institute in London) makes the case for oligomeric procyanidins (OPCs) as the source of red wine's health benef...

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