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.  
 
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Varietals Produced in Uruguay View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 y Viñedos Filgueira

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  • Juanico

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

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    BRUZZONE Y SCIUTTO S.A. is the consequence that had arisen from the work and love for the good wi...

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Uruguay on Snooth

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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


  • Alcyone Tannat Dessert Wine

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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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    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Bodega Bouza Red Blend Tempranillo Tannat 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Pisano Torrontés Cisplatino 2009

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    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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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Maldonado Chardonnay Napa Valley Los Olivos Vineyard 2008

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    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

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

    Wine review by Grape Occasions


  • 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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