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Wine regions in Uruguay
Although small in size in comparison to neighbouring countries Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay makes up for it in diversity.
The biggest and arguably most important wine region in the country is Canelones, which accounts for more than 60% of its wine production. Close to the capital of Montevideo makes it convenient for consumers. It is known for heavy, rich soil and many varieties are grown here including Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and of course, Tannat.
Newer styles of Tannat are appearing in regions towards the east, in Maldonado Bay which faces the Atlantic Ocean. Here the soils are poor with better drainage and have a mix of soils including granite, rocky and sandy. The climate is fresher and the hills are higher than some other areas. This area has only been planted since the beginning of this century, but has contributed much in the way of diversity to Uruguay’s wine production. Tannat is produced here of course, in addition to many other varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Noir to name a few.
Colonia is a historic and new wine region that looks across the Rio de la Plata to Buenos Aires. On the riverbanks the calcareous soils have proved excellent for growing Sauvignon Blanc, whereas further inland the soil is rich and fertile making it suitable for growing a variety of reds.
What types of wine does Uruguay produce?
Typically Uruguay wines are closer in style to Old World wines, as Uruguay is the closest climate in South America to Bordeaux: humid, seasonal, at sea level and has limestone soils that are rich in calcium.
Tannat is considered the national grape of Uruguay, and accounts for more than 4000 acres of vines across the country. It is typically characterised by its dry, mouthwatering acidity, grippy tannins and deep violet hue.
A white variation of the black Manseng, it gets its name from the small size of its berries. Petit Manseng grapes typically produce wines that have aromas of candied fruit combined with flavours such as honey, nuts and pineapple.
Thanks to the country’s maritime climate, this white grape thrives here. It was first planted in the early 2000s and has been a runaway success ever since. Typically, high quality Albariño wines are aromatic, complex and age well. The drinker can often expect taste notes of lemon, pear and even beeswax.
What kind of Uruguayan wine does Fine Wines Direct UK offer?
We are proud to offer a diverse collection of Uruguayan wine suitable for all budgets and tastes. You can buy Uruguayan wine directly from our online shop and have it delivered in record time for you to enjoy at home. Here are just a few of our selection:
Bodega Juan Carrau Tannat Uruguay 2018
A beautiful ruby-red wine, this 2018 Tannat has aromas of red fruit, spice and quinces. The drinker can enjoy notes of tobacco, spice and chocolate with a delightfully warm, smooth finish. Enjoy this wine with grilled meat such as barbecued lamb or pork.
Bodega Juan Carrau Petit Manseng Uruguay 2018
This is an unusual, barrel-aged white wine. In colour it is an intense gold with yellow tinges and is complex and distinctive. Drinkers can expect a full-bodied wine with complex flavours of citrus fruits, complemented by herbal and toasted honey notes. Try it with grilled seafood, white meat or even Thai curry.
Bodega Juan Carrau AMAT Tannat Uruguay 2011
This is a fine expression of a Tannat wine. Drinkers can enjoy rich aromas of dark plums, blackberries and liquorice, fine tannins and good acidity. Try it with a grilled meat dish such as lamb, steak or pork.
Why buy from Fine Wines Direct UK?
At Fine Wines Direct UK our team have experts who have more than a century of combined experience in the wine industry. This means we are well equipped to help you with all your Uruguayan wine related needs. We work incredibly hard to source only the best quality wines from Uruguay and around the world, and have gathered a fantastic selection for all budgets and tastes.
We offer an excellent swift delivery service so you can have your wine delivered directly to your door. You could also have wine delivered directly to your family, friends or colleagues. This makes an excellent gift for a special occasion, or simply as a token of appreciation.
If you would prefer to buy in person rather than online, we would be happy to welcome you to our store on Penarth Road in Cardiff. Here you can browse our collections of wine and chat to one of our friendly experts who can give you advice and recommendations.