Exclusive wine experience, Uruguay

A hidden gem and natural paradise, the wine experiences Uruguay has to offer, are sure to seduce the wine lover in you.

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Uruguay is one of the smallest countries in the continent of South America. Argentina and Brazil flank it on two sides while the Rio de Plata and the Atlantic Ocean sweep in at the southern border of the country. A hidden gem and natural paradise, the wine experiences Uruguay has to offer, are sure to seduce the wine lover in you.

Uruguay means the ‘River of Painted Birds’ in reference to its many rivers and vast population of numerous species of birds. The country is known for its abundant natural beauty, colonial influence, beach towns, friendly locals and an overall laid-back atmosphere. Its stable democracy and developed industries earned it the title of the ‘Country of the Year’ by The Economist in 2013.

Uruguay’s wine industry started when it welcomed settlers from the Basque region, who brought with them the grape variety of Tannat, which was primarily grown in the Madiran region in the south-west of France. This varietal, benefiting from the warm, temperate climate of the country, soon became the flagship grape of the Uruguay.

One such rising industry in Uruguay is the wine industry. Much like its neighboring country, Argentina, the art of wine-making was brought to Uruguay by its invaders and foreign settlers many decades ago. Since then, the country has seen an ever-increasing love for “vino” and now produces some of the finest wines in the Southern American continent. Uruguay’s wine industry started when it welcomed settlers from the Basque region, who brought with them the grape variety of Tannat, which was primarily grown in the Madiran region in the south-west of France. This varietal, benefiting from the warm, temperate climate of the country, soon became the flagship grape of the Uruguay. Other than Tannat, winemakers also grow other varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and even Albariño.

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The wine regions of Uruguay are close to the country’s capital, Montevideo, which is also its largest city. ‘The Wine Roads’ wine trail, is an exquisite wine experience Uruguay offers to its wine enthusiast tourists. This wine road takes you along a route with around 15 wineries waiting for you to visit them and taste their spectacular wines. The wine-makers will give you elaborate cellar visits, followed by food and wine pairing sessions or even a gourmet picnic lunch! These wineries also host some of the country’s finest wine events and festivals to promote their produce. The wine experience in Uruguay has a very personal touch as most wineries in the country are family-owned. Wine-making has been passed on from one generation to another and it is preserved like a sacred tradition. Thus, the wine experience Uruguay offers is extremely exclusive and at the same time quite unexplored.

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