Located between southern parallels 30 and 35 – like other important wine regions in the world – Uruguay enjoys a privileged geographical position favorable for winemaking, a long-standing tradition that runs in families. Its clay soil and the balanced share of sun, rainfall and temperatures result in optimal conditions for its vineyards, which stretch along the country’s rolling hills, to thrive.
The country’s climate is influenced by nearby rivers and ocean, as it is surrounded by the Uruguay (West) and La Plata (Southwest) Rivers, and the Atlantic Ocean (Southeast). Consequently, the wines produced in Uruguay have a balanced structure, striking a good natural acidity/fruitiness balance with a soft but undeniable touch of tannins.
With almost 7,000 hectares dedicated to hand-harvested vineyards, some 190 family wineries with a long tradition are producing harmonious and elegant wines, prioritizing quality over quantity. Although Uruguayan production is marked by diversity, Tannat is its letter of introduction: originally brought from the areas of Madiran and Irouleguy (south-western France), the strain was introduced in the country by Basque immigrants around 1870 and got perfectly adapted to the local soil and climate. At present, Uruguay is the only producer in the world with significant production of this variety in relation to the total area occupied by its vineyards.
In recent decades, a significant number of wine producers have succeeded in implementing an intense process of reconversion of their vineyards and wineries. As a result, Uruguayan wines have managed to gain a place in the international arena, obtaining countless awards in international competitions endorsed by the OIV. Furthermore, this world recognition has come hand in hand with greater exports of bottled wine, which have increased by more than 30% in the last two years alone.