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

  • Tannat

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Uruguay View all

  • Bodega Carlos Pizzorno

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

  • Bodega y Viñedos Filgueira

    The First winery in South America to obtain the ISO Quality Certificate 9001in all of the product...

  • Bodegas Castillo Viejo

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

  • Reinaldo de Lucca

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

  • Los Cerros de San Juan

    Whites Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer. Reds Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlo...

  • Casa Filgueira

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

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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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  • Brazil is not realy a wine country, for it's climate doesn't help alot ... some sweet (or soft) wines, Uruguay has some better wines too, mostly the Tannat varie Read More

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  • Artesana Tannat Merlot Uruguay 2011

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  • Pisano Rio de Los Pajaros Reserve Torrontes 2011

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    Very floral nose with some spice hintcinnamon? Very refreshing, slightly tart with lots of green apple and, again some spiciness that almost makes me think Gewurztraminer. Very nice, again, spicy aftertaste. Read More

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  • Yup, we're on the same page lately, v v.  Not as hard to get as a ... ... ... having a Torrontes from Uruguay, tonight. Add a lot of flowery nose and this one has a lot of similarity to the Txakolina that v v reported.  Very refreshing green apple, but, then, also, some spiciness that almost suggests Gewurztraminer.  Spiciness lingers a bit o... Read More

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  • Good points.BTW - that Morgon by JP Brun is a really good place to start. Good ... ... Germany, South Africa, Uruguay, Argentina, Austria, many states in the US and well, the rest of the world.You're starting well. Keep it up.And you can find tasting descriptions here and there - you can take courses for the WSET or some sommelier association... Read More

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  • Don Pascual Tannat Roble Uruguay Rouge 2006

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    Wine review by GermanPascual74


  • Pisano Cabernet Sauvignon Rpf Reserva Personal de la Familia 2005

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    Great body wine. Read More

    Wine review by Luke Varsi


  • Don Pascual Tannat 2005

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    Not bad... Read More

    Wine review by Luke Varsi


  • Pisano Tannat Blend Rio de Los Pajaros 2005

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    Excellent relationship between quality and price. Well related with BBQ beef. Read More

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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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  • 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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