On the Atlantic coast of Uruguay, Maldonado is a city just north of the beach town of Punta del Este. This up and coming wine region has some of the best vineyards and is famous for its beaches, coastal cities and hilly inland terrain.
Maldonado is most certainly the future of wine in Uruguay with the extent of new development in winemaking and investment in technology during recent times. The location of the region is perfect for wine tours to explore the state-of-the-art modern wineries, vineyards and picturesque coastal towns.
Maldonado has a maritime climate influence and vineyards are located at an altitude, conducive for growth of aromatic wines with higher acidity and better vine health. The varieties range from fresh whites such as Albariño and Viognier through to the light reds such as Pinot Noir and Sangiovese and darker reds such as Tannat, the local favorite. This diversity makes this region unique on the wine map of the world.
Aswell as traditional wine tasting at the renowned wineries of the region, you can also indulge in activities such as a wine paired-lunch, hot-air balloon tours or private flights with a specialized pilot.
Tailor-made wine tours combined with gourmet experiences are a must-do on every wine enthusiast’s itinerary in Maldonado. The restaurants offer diverse menus full of Mediterranean specialties inspired by the fresh local produce and ingredients. The region also is known for its gastronomic seafood restaurants.