Oct 12, 2015|
Since 2005, 15 family owned wineries have joined together to create Los Caminos del Vino, The Wine Roads of Uruguay. Wine enthusiasts come from around the world to visit these established wineries. Choose between taking a day trip from Montevideo or a multiday wine tour through the region. Enjoy guided tours through the wineries and vineyards while drinking exquisite Tannat wines. Learn about the traditional practices of Uruguayan wine culture and meet the wine owners and wine growers. Uruguay has quite a few smaller, family-owned vineyards influenced by European winemaking traditions. Each winery has its own story and unique offering. With the coastal Atlantic climate, they produce incredible Tannat wines – the signature wine of Uruguay. They produce rich red wines with darker fruits, spices, aromas, and flavors. Perfect to pair with beef and other red meats. World class wines, beautiful countryside, great food and wine pairings are all in store when you take a journey down the Uruguay wine trails. Here are a few of the wineries I highly recommend visiting
1. Bodegas Carrau – Uruguay Wine Tours
The Bodega Carrau family winery traces back to 1752 in Spain. In 1930, they established their winery in Uruguay and now they are one of the largest wine producers in Uruguay. They restored one of the oldest wineries in Uruguay that was built in 1887. Bodega Carrau is a lovely colonial house with a beautiful park and vineyard, located just minutes from Montevideo. At this family-run winery, you are sure to feel right at home.
2. Juan Toscanini e Hijos – Uruguay Wine Tours
This winery started in 1908 and is another family-run business that has grown from a small operation to a nationally recognized winery. Located in Paso Chico Neck, the weather here includes hot summers and very cold winters with plenty of rain for the vines. They specialize in different Tannat wines along with Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
3. Establecimiento Juanicó – Uruguay Wine Tours
The Establecimiento Juanicó has an underground tasting room that was built in the 1830’s and was one of the first wine caves in the country. This is a unique experience that you won’t want to miss. The historical elements of the stone buildings still stand, allowing you to enjoy the original style and traditional wine making practices.
4. Bouza Bodega – Uruguay Wine Tours
This is one of the cutting edge wineries in Uruguay and perhaps one of the best-known wineries as well. The food and wine pairings are wonderful. After a wine tour and wine tasting, visit the families classic car collection to see over 30 cars and motorcycles that date back to the 1920’s. Wines they produce include Albariño white wines, Chardonnay, Merlot, Tempranillo, and Tannat red wines.
5. Viñedo de Los Vientos – Uruguay Wine
You can see much of the Italian influences at the Viñedo de Los Vientos. This Italian family has a traditional approach to winemaking. Enjoy a delicious meal at the Winery Kitchen made with the best local ingredients that are perfectly paired with their wines. Much of this wine is imported to the United States. Their goal is simple: “We’d like to take the best from our soil and history, and translate it into our grapes and wines.”
6. Alto de la Ballena – Uruguay Wine Tours
This is one of the most scenic of all the wineries, located near Punta Del Este. This is not your typical winery with a tasting room, this winery is set up more like a friend’s country home, very warm and inviting. The vineyards include Merlot, Tannat, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Viognier varieties. This was started by a husband and wife and has grown year after year as they continue to produce incredible wines.