Jul 15, 2015
Yes, there is wine made in Uruguay, a small but mighty country
that borders Argentina in the east. In this episode you'll learn
about a country we should all have on our list to visit and Tannat,
the wine we should all have on the list to buy!
Some of the important stuff we discussed:
- Uruguay is between the 30 – 35th parallels, so pockets of
coolness are needed to keep structure in the wines
- Most of the wine is made by small producers
- The area has 22,250 acres of vines (Napa alone has 45K)
and 200 wineries (Napa has over 400)
- Most of the wine is red, and most of that is Tannat with some
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. The biggest white
grapes are Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
- Tannat is a robust, tannic red that has a pivotal role in
the country's rising wine status. It's similar to Carmenere in
Chile, Malbec in Argentina. Uruguay makes Old World Style
Tannat, France makes New World Style Tannat!!! Wines
are rich, full-bodied wines with dark fruit and spice
aromas and flavors
- Top regions include: Montevideo, Canelones, Colonia, San Jose,
Maldonado, and Salto
You may have a hard time finding these wines, but ask your wine
shop to bring a bottle in for you. I promise it's worth the hunt!