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Uruguay

Uruguay is South America's fourth most important wine producer although only about 3% of its annual production is exported. Thanks to a substantial immigration from Basque country in South West France in the 19th century, it is one of the world's centres of Tannat vine-growing. Here it tends to be softer and riper-tasting than in Madiran and can be drunk much younger. It’s the country’s pride and joy, as a single varietal or blended with Merlot, for example. The maritime climate of the main vine-growing regions in the south around the capital Montevideo is relatively cool and where yields are held in check, both reds and whites retain a characteristic and attractive freshness that is unusual in South America. Whites made from international varieties such as Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Viognier are becoming more sophisticated.

Some favourite producers: Bouza, Castillo Viejo, De Lucca, Juanicó, Marichal, Pisano, Pizzorno, Stagnari.

See Wines of Uruguay for more information on this region.  

In a nutshell

The continent’s fourth largest wine producer, looking to up its game on export markets.