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

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Tannat

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

  • 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...

  • Albariño

    History of the grape: Legend has it that Cluny monks from Burgundy brought the parentage of the grape, either Rieslin...

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  • La Carolina - Wineries - Export

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

  • Los Cerros de San Juan

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

  • Accardi Vineyards

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  • Dante Irurtia

    Irurtia has had in mind, since its' origins, to be ,1 winery which produces fine variela wines, a...

  • Casa Filgueira

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  • Vinícola Aurora

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