Red wine from Uruguay

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Médanos Reserve Cabernet Franc 2019
Grape variety:Cabernet FrancTasting notes:This Cabernet Franc is an excellent example of what Uruguayan terroir has to offer.It is a wine with a marked aromatic palette of plums, blackberries, accompanied by the typical notes of pepper and mint. On the palate it is an easy-drinking wine with a long finish.Serving temperature:15- 18°C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€11.87* / 1 Liter)

€8.90*

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Médanos Reserve Syrah -Tannat 2019
Grape varieties:Blend of Syrah and TannatTasting notes:This wine comes from one of the most important wine regions of Uruguay, Canelones. It is a cuvée composed of 70% Syrah and 30% Tannat grapes, the most widely planted variety in this small South American country.It is a deep ruby colored wine, with marked aromatic notes of plums and currants. It also has subtle floral and spicy notes, such as violet and licorice.On the palate its flavors amalgamate with elegant complexity. It is a full-bodied wine with marked tannins and very good cellaring potential.Serving temperature:15- 18°C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€11.87* / 1 Liter)

€8.90*

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Médanos Tannat Reserve 2019
Grape variety:TannatTasting notes:Thanks to its 3 to 4 months of barrel aging, this wine is well-balanced, easy to drink, and elegant both on the nose and in the mouth. The aroma highlights black fruit, as well as delicate spicy notes such as licorice and fine herbs. It is a very interesting wine to taste, as Tannat is Uruguay's flagship and most widely planted grape variety. Serving temperature15- 18°C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€11.87* / 1 Liter)

€8.90*

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Médanos Marselán Reserve 2020
Grape variety:MarselánTasting notes:This wine is made from a not very well known grape variety, which is gradually gaining more and more ground in Uruguayan vineyards. It stands out for its good structure in the mouth, with a pleasant finish and velvety tannins.Deep in color, the nose offers balsamic notes of eucalyptus and mint, as well as delicate notes of red fruit.Serving temperature15- 18°C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€11.87* / 1 Liter)

€8.90*

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Once Upon A Time: Tannat 2019
Grape variety:TannatTasting notes:This wine has a dark red colour with violet reflections. The nose reminds of red fruits, mushrooms, violets, leather, chocolate and spicy notes.The palate is friendly, with round tannins and balanced acidity.Serving temperature:15- 17°C.

Content: 0.75 Liter (€14.93* / 1 Liter)

€11.20*

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Once Upon A Time: Tannat, Merlot, Petit Verdot 2019
Grape varieties:Blend of 40% Tannat, 30% Merlot and 30% Petit Verdot.Tasting notes:Ruby red colour with lilac reflections. The nose reveals cassis, gooseberry, blackberry, plum and sultana notes. Good structure and medium finish on the palate.Serving temperature:15-17°C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€14.93* / 1 Liter)

€11.20*

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Médanos Tannat Roble 2019
Grape variety:TannatTasting notes:This wine made from Tannat grapes, Uruguay's flagship red grape variety, is an excellent exponent, since it shows its main characteristics. It is a wine with some structure, but well balanced thanks to its 9 months in French oak barrels. Intense aromas of black fruit, spicy and balsamic notes stand out on the nose.The tannins are ripe and the finish is long. Highly recommended!Serving temperature15- 18°C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€15.87* / 1 Liter)

€11.90*

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Médanos Roble Petit Verdot 2020
Grape variety:Petit VerdotTasting notes:Single varietal Petit Verdot wines are not so easy to find. This Uruguayan wine has a unique power. The nose is complex, with intense black fruit aromas and more subtle notes of spice and flowers.The palate has an excellent structure, with well-marked tannins, but friendly on the palate.Serving temperature:16- 18°C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€15.87* / 1 Liter)

€11.90*

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Pedregal Tannat 2017
This wine was awarded 89 points Descorchados, 89 points Falstaff, 88 points Best Buy Wine Enthusiast and 84 points Wine Spectator.Grape variety:100% TannatTasting notes:A true representative of Uruguay's flagship grape variety. It is a wine with an intense ruby colour, with aromas of berries and bitter chocolate, characteristic of the variety. On the palate it shows smoky notes with hints of vanilla and spices. Great structure and ripe tannins. Aged in American oak for a period of 6 months.Serving temperature 15° - 18°C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€16.93* / 1 Liter)

€12.70*

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Pedregal Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Grape variety:100% Cabernet SauvignonTasting notes:Bright ruby colour with intense blackberries, chocolate and pepper aromas. In mouth shows fruity flavours soft and velvety tannins. Full- body wine with an elegant and sustainable fruity finish.Serving temperature:15° - 18°C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€16.93* / 1 Liter)

€12.70*

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Pedregal Cuvée Tannat, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
This wine was awarded 88 points Descorchados, and 90 points Tasted 100% blind by Andreas LarssonGrape varieties:40% Tannat, 30% Merlot, 30% Cabernet SauvignonTasting notes:Attractive dark ruby colour which spreads prune aroma. Elegant body with velvety and silky tannins. It shows an intense fruit expression with a rich aftertaste. This wine is a perfect balance between the three grape varieties that compose it.Serving temperature: 15° - 18°

Content: 0.75 Liter (€16.93* / 1 Liter)

€12.70*

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Km.0 Reserva Tannat 2018
Grape variety:100% TannatTasting notes:This delicious wine made from Uruguay's main red grape surprises in the glass with its deep ruby color, with garnet reflections.The nose presents great intensity, with notes of ripe red fruit, black pepper and delicate spices.In the mouth it is an unctuous wine, with great character and balanced acidity. The finish is persistent and the aftertaste reveals its great personality.50% of the wine has been matured in steel tanks and the other 50% for 5 months in oak barrels.Serving temperature: 16 - 18°C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€17.33* / 1 Liter)

€13.00*

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Ombú Clasico Tannat 2016
This wine was awarded 90 points Descorchados.Grape variety:100% TannatTasting notes:This wine has not been aged in oak barrels, allowing this grape variety to be savoured in all its splendour. It is a wine with a complex range of aromas, including delicate floral notes of violets, ripe plums, and spicy and earthy notes. On the palate it is a wine with all the structure and power of a Tannat, with marked tannins that anticipate a persistent and delicious aftertaste. Serving temperature:14° - 16°C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€18.13* / 1 Liter)

€13.60*

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Once Upon A Time: Petit Verdot 2019
Grape variety:Petit VerdotTasting notes:Intense purple colour. This wine has notes of leather, dark chocolate and fresh spices such as pepper and mint. The palate is friendly and has a medium finish. Serving temperature:15 - 17°C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€19.87* / 1 Liter)

€14.90*

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Ombú Reserve Cuvée 2016
Grape varieties: 40% Tannat, 30% Syrah, 30% Petit VerdotTasting notes:This blend of Tannat, Syrah and Petit Verdot is a different combination worth trying. On the nose it offers aromas of black fruits such as blackberry, cherry, combined with notes of black pepper.The palate is fruity and subtly spicy, with a harmonious and persistent finish.  Serving temperature: 14°- 16°C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€20.13* / 1 Liter)

€15.10*

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Bella Donna Marselan 2017
This wine was awarded 89 points Descorchados.Grape variety: MarselanTasting notes: Marselan is a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache, and has been developing excellent wines in Uruguay. This Marselan from the Bella Donna line presents pleasant notes of blackberries, ripe plums and raspberries. When held in the glass, it also develops subtle notes of white pepper. The palate is delicate, unctuous and full-bodied, with a slight sweetness appearing on the aftertaste. Serving temperature14° - 16°C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€22.93* / 1 Liter)

€17.20*

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Bella Donna Tannat 2017
This wine was awarded 90 points Descorchados.Grape variety: TannatTasting  notes:The Bella Donna line is aimed at palates that are always looking to discover new flavors.This wine made from Tannat, the most widely planted grape in Uruguay, presents a beautiful and intense deep purple color with bluish hues.The nose presents delicate notes of ripe red fruits, accompanied by herbal and menthol touches.In the mouth it is a wine with a pleasant volume that shows how elegant a Tannat can be at its highest expression.Serving temperature: 16° - 18°C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€22.93* / 1 Liter)

€17.20*

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Km.0 Gran Reserva Tannat 2017
Grape variety:100% TannatTasting notes:This wine comes from Tannat grapes from the best vineyards of this winery, and is carefully made and aged in oak barrels.In the glass it has an intense and full purple colour, which anticipates its complexity. The nose offers a concentrated aromatic palette of ripe red fruits and prunes. On the palate it has great character, with soft tannins integrated into an excellent finish.It is a unique varietal that allows us to enjoy a century of experience of the Irurtia Family in the Carmelo Terroir. Serving temperature: 16°- 18°C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€23.60* / 1 Liter)

€17.70*

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Ombú Reserve Tannat 2018
This wine was awarded with 92 points Descorchados Grape variety:Tannat Tasting notes:Tannat is Uruguay's most renowned red grape variety.This is a wine with a well-integrated aromatic diversity.Fruity notes of plum, blueberry and blackcurrant blend perfectly with delicate notes of vanilla and white pepper.The palate is pleasant, with powerful tannins, medium acidity and a balanced finish. Serving temperature:16° - 18°

Content: 0.75 Liter (€25.60* / 1 Liter)

€19.20*

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Ombú Reserve Petit Verdot 2018
This wine was awarded with 92 points DescorchadosGrape variety: Petit VerdotTasting notes:This wine, from a vigorous and robust Petit Verdot grape variety, comes from a young vineyard, about 20 years old.The nose offers herbal notes, typical of this variety, accompanied by delicate notes of red fruits. On the palate, it is a full-bodied wine with medium acidity. Its tannins, thanks to its treatment in barrels, are present but not invasive.It is an ideal wine to accompany winter meals.Serving temperature:16° - 18°

Content: 0.75 Liter (€25.60* / 1 Liter)

€19.20*

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Atlantico Sur Single Vineyard Progreso Tannat 2016
Dieser Wein wurde mit 92 Punkten Descorchados ausgezeichnetRebsorte:TannatVerkostung:Tiefviolett und violetter Rand. Cuvee mit Vorherrschaft des Tannats, der durch seine Ausgewogenheit und Liebenswürdigkeit in seinen Tanninen überrascht. Aromen von Pflaume, Tabak und Schokolade heben sich vor einem holzigen Hintergrund hervor.Serviertemperatur15- 18°C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€26.53* / 1 Liter)

€19.90*

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Prima Donna Tannat 2013
This wine was awarded 87 points Wine Enthusiast and 90 points Decanter.Grape variety:100% TannatTasting notes:This Tannat presents an intense ruby color with violet tones in the glass. A harmonious and complex nose opens with aromas of red fruit jam, candied fruit and elegant spicy nuances.The palate is unctuous, well-structured, with sweet and velvety tannins. Intense and powerful finish.Serving temperature:15° - 17° C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€27.07* / 1 Liter)

€20.30*

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Alto de la Ballena Reserva Merlot 2016
Grape variety: MerlotTasting notes:Intense garnet red. Fruity aroma, plum, with notes of vanilla and tobacco, coming from the oak, which blends well with the fruit of the wine. In the mouth it is soft, round and structured. Persistent finish.Serving temperature: 16° - 18°C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€32.53* / 1 Liter)

€24.40*

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Alto de la Ballena Reserva Cabernet Franc 2009
This wine was awarded 92 points falstaff, 16 points Vinum and 90 points Descorchados.Grape variety: Cabernet FrancTasting notes:This complex wine develops a deep garnet red colour in the glass. Thanks to its age, it offers an elegant bouquet with unmistakable aromas of ripe red fruits, accompanied by delicate notes of mint, vanilla and caramel, given by the ageing time in barrels. In the mouth it is a wine of great structure, with integrated tannins and a velvety palate. It has an intense and persistent finish. A vintage of incredible harmony and elegance. Serving temperature: 16° - 18°C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€32.53* / 1 Liter)

€24.40*

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Buy uruguayan red wine online

Although the Tannat grape is the most famous grape in Uruguay, with which great wines recognized worldwide are made, this small South American country produces many other red wines worth tasting. Within its six geographical regions you can find very good examples of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Marselan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Pinot Noir. Uruguay is also world renowned for the variety of its blends.

Uruguay: the pearl of the South

Wine arrived in Uruguay during the second half of the 19th century, thanks to immigrant families who brought their knowledge from the Mediterranean. Around 1870, two vineyards were established on Uruguayan soil: in the region of Salto and in Montevideo.

Year after year, the wine industry was consolidated in this small country of the Rio de la Plata, until 1898, when, like Europe, it fell victim to phylloxera. This plague forced Uruguay to rethink the model of vineyards, based on grafted vines. This, together with the adoption of organic fertilizers, created a new viticulture. Today, the Uruguayan wine industry is a true symbol of civilization and progress.

Uruguay has 6 well-defined wine regions: Litoral Norte, Litoral Sur, Metropolitana, Centro, Oceánica and Norte. CanelonesMaldonado and Colonia are some of the areas with the highest production. The southern region is where 90% of the country's vineyards are located.

Among the most widely planted red grape varieties in Uruguay is Tannat (its flagship variety). The clayey soils, together with the Atlantic breeze, offer exceptional conditions for this variety. Uruguay is today the main producer of Tannat, with production volumes that even exceed those of its place of origin. Tannat wine expresses itself perfectly on its own, but also presents combinations of particular characteristics, in cuts with other varieties. This results in a great diversity; Tannat-Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat-Merlot, Tannat-Cabernet Franc. Tannat wine is also produced in oak barrels. All this means that alone or in combination with other varieties, the Tannat expresses itself magnificently.

We also find MelotCabernet FrancMarselan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Pinot Noir. Uruguay is also known worldwide for the variety of its Blends.

Among the white varieties, we can mention Sauvignon BlancChardonnayViognier and Moscatel, among others. 

(*) Source: inavi.com.uy

Red Wines from Uruguay: Basic knowledge

How many wine regions does Uruguay have?

Uruguay has 6 well-defined wine regions:

  • Northern Litoral
  • South Littoral
  • Metropolitan
  • Central
  • Oceanic
  • North

In the southern region is where 90% of the vineyards of this country are located. Canelones, in the Metropolitan area, is the largest wine region of the country, being responsible for 60% of the production.

What are the typical Uruguayan foods to pair with Uruguayan wines?

The custom of eating meat is not only Argentinean. Uruguay also eats excellent meat, which pairs very well with Uruguayan Tannat red wine, preferably with those that have been aged in oak barrels.

Another quintessential Uruguayan dish is its famous "chivito", a sandwich of beef and other ingredients, usually dressed with mayonnaise and accompanied by french fries. This sandwich can be paired with a good glass of Marselán, a red grape variety that offers light and easy to drink wines.

Of course, in Uruguay people eat delicious empanadas, which can be made of meat, chicken, fish or vegetables. In the summer, a typical empanada can pair very well with a Uruguayan Viognier wine, served chilled.

What is the production of Uruguayan wine?

Although Uruguay is a small country, it has been developing an intense wine activity, which grows every year.

Wine arrived in Uruguay during the second half of the 19th century, thanks to immigrant families who brought their knowledge from the Mediterranean.

Around 1870, two vineyards were established on Uruguayan soil. With the experience of these pioneers as a standard, winemaking took root in Uruguay and achieved a growth that managed to replace much of the foreign production.

Today there are almost 200 Uruguayan wineries, distributed mainly in the regions of Canelones, Montevideo and Colonia.

With data updated to 2021, there are 1,183 vineyards in operation in Uruguay, with a total cultivated area of 5,966 hectares. In this same year, more than 99,300 kilos of grapes have been grown for winemaking.

The Tannat grape currently represents 27% of the country's cultivated area.

Of the total area of vineyards in Uruguay, 80% belong to red varieties and 20% to white varieties.

Which is the most recognized Uruguayan red wine?

The best known Uruguayan red wine worldwide is Tannat, the largest producer of wines with this grape variety, especially in wine regions such as Canelones, Maldonado or Colonia. 

In terms of Uruguayan wine production volume, after Tannat is Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Marselan, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Pinot Noir. It is important to mention that Uruguay also produces, although in smaller quantities, wines from grape varieties that are rare to find in South America, such as: Moscatel de Hamburgo, Arinarnoa, Nebbiolo, Mourvedre, Cinsault or Gammay.

Which is the most recognized Uruguayan white wine?

Although the most planted white variety in Uruguay is Ugni Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc (the second most planted variety in the country), followed by Chardonnay, Viognier, Albariño and Moscatel Blanco are very well known worldwide.

It is important to mention that Uruguay also produces, although in smaller quantities, wines of grape varieties that are rare to find in South America, such as Sauvignon Gris, Arriloba, Trebbiano, Gewurtztraminer; among others.

Where to buy wine from Uruguay online?

We suggest you to buy in our online shop Andenweine. Some of the advantages of buying wine in Andenweine are:

  • great variety of red wines, white wines and sparkling wines.
  • You will find wines from the main wineries in Chile.
  • secure payment methods
  • fast shipping of wines all over Europe
  • excellent wine advice
  • selection of organic and ecological wines
  • personalized customer service

Buying in Andenweine you will be able to choose among the main wine regions of Uruguay, such as:

• Wines from Canelones
• Wines from Maldonado
• Wines from Colonia