In advance of attending a tasting of wines from Uruguay this week, we re-visit a 2015 post on…wines of Uruguay. We’ll check back in after the new tasting to see how this growing wine region has progressed.
When you think of Uruguay what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Oh, you don’t know much about Uruguay? Neither did we, being the US-centric, geographically–challenged couple that we are. But Uruguay is stepping up its wine education and export efforts. Which is how VinoDuo discovered the wines of Uruguay, during the “Tannat Tasting Tour 2015.”
There are @ 200 family-run wineries in Uruguay that produce 10 million cases of wine annually. At the Tannat Tasting Tour, 18 wineries poured close to 100 wines—aged reds and just-bottled whites. Tannat is Uruguay’s signature wine, a rich, full-bodied grape named for its high tannin levels. Native to the Basque region of Europe, the grape was introduced to Uruguay in 1870 by Basque immigrants. Tannat dominates production but other common varietals include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.
Following is a list of our favorite wines from the 2015 tasting.