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

Our recommendation of Uruguayan wines

Km.0 Gran Reserva Viognier 2018
Grape varieties:100% ViognierTasting notes:This Viognier is the maximum expression of this variety in the prestigious Terroir de Carmelo, where the boutique production allows us to enjoy the intensity offered by this unique microclimate in this wine.In the glass it has a greenish yellow colour. The nose is intense and complex, with notes of apricot, melon and wild flowers. In the mouth it is fresh, round and with good acidity; with a great permanence that invites to the next glass.Serving temperature:10° - 12°C

Content: 0.75 Liter (€24.53* / 1 Liter)

€18.40*
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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 (€24.53* / 1 Liter)

€18.40*
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