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Uruguay

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Considered one of the most environmentally sustainable countries in the world, Uruguay is also the fourth largest wine producing country in South America. But in contrast to its neighbors (Chile, Argentina and even Brazil) Uruguay keeps more in step with its European progenitors where land small holdings are most common. Most Uruguayan farms are tiny (averaging only about five hectares) and family-run, many dating back multiple generations. At this size, growers either make small amounts of wine for local consumption or sell grapes to a nearby winery. In all of Uruguay there are close to 3,500 growers but fewer than 300 wineries.

On these small plots of land, manual tending and harvesting, as well as low yields are favored; this small agricultural country has never had a need for large-scale chemical fertilizers or insecticides. Their thriving meat industry also follows the same standards: hormones have been banned since 1968 and today all Uruguayan beef is organic and grass-fed.

Uruguay’s best vineyards are on the Atlantic coast, in Canelones and Maldonado (where cooling breezes lessen humidity) or found hugging its border with Argentina. With a climate similar to Bordeaux and soils clay-rich and calcareous, Uruguay is perfect for Tannat, a thick-skinned, red variety native to Southwest, France. A great Tannat from Uruguay will have no lack of rich red and black fruit, lots of sweet spice and a hefty structure. Sometimes winemakers blend Merlot or Pinot noir with Tannat to soften up its rough edges.

The best Uruguayan whites include Sauvignon blanc and Albarino.

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  • Bodega Garzon Uruguay Reserve Albarino 2019  Front Label
    Bodega Garzon Uruguay Reserve Albarino 2019
    Albarino from Uruguay
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    • Bodega Garzon Uruguay Reserve Tannat 2017  Front Label
      Bodega Garzon Uruguay Reserve Tannat 2017
      Tannat from Uruguay
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    • Bodega Garzon Uruguay Balasto 2016 Front Label
      Bodega Garzon Uruguay Balasto 2016
      Other Red Blends from Uruguay
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    • Bodega Garzon Uruguay Single Vineyard Petit Verdot 2015 Front Label
      Bodega Garzon Uruguay Single Vineyard Petit Verdot 2015
      Petit Verdot from Uruguay
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    • Bodega Garzon Uruguay Reserve Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
      Bodega Garzon Uruguay Reserve Cabernet Franc 2017
      Cabernet Franc from Uruguay
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      • Bodega Garzon Uruguay Reserve Pinot Noir Rose 2018  Front Label
        Bodega Garzon Uruguay Reserve Pinot Noir Rose 2018
        Rosé from Uruguay
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      • Bodega Garzon Uruguay Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
        Bodega Garzon Uruguay Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2018
        Sauvignon Blanc from Uruguay
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        Sauvignon Blanc from Uruguay
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