The best wines of Uruguay

Discover the best wines of Uruguay as well as the best winemakers of Uruguay and estates of Uruguay to visit. Explore the popular grape varieties in Uruguay and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Top wines of Uruguay by region

Looking for a good wine of Uruguay among the top wines in the region? Check out our tops of the best red, white or effervescent wines of Uruguay. Also find some food and wine pairings that may be appropriate with these exceptional wines. Learn more about the region and the wines of Uruguay with technical and enological descriptions.

Great red wines of Uruguay

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Want to buy a red wine of Uruguay cheap or sell a red wine of Uruguay at the best price on the market? Find out which ones are popular and which ones to keep in your cellar for a few more years.

Food and wine pairing with a red wine of Uruguay

Red wines from the region of Uruguay go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, lamb or game (deer, venison) such as recipes of spaghetti bolognese, leg of lamb with spices or duck leg confit in white wine.

Organoleptic analysis of red wine of Uruguay

On the nose the red wine of the region of Uruguay. often reveals types of flavors of oaky, violet or black currant and sometimes also flavors of black fruits, strawberries or dried fruit. In the mouth the red wine of the region of Uruguay. is a powerful with a nice balance between acidity and tannins.

The best vintages in red wine of Uruguay

  • 2019 With an average score of 4.60/5
  • 2010 With an average score of 4.48/5
  • 2009 With an average score of 4.44/5
  • 2015 With an average score of 4.44/5
  • 2014 With an average score of 4.44/5
  • 2016 With an average score of 4.42/5

The most used grape varieties in red wine of Uruguay

  • Tannat
  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Cabernet Franc

The best wineries and winemakers for red wine of Uruguay

A wine route planned in the region of Uruguay? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best red wine of Uruguay.

Discovering the wine region of Uruguay

Uruguay is the fourth largest wine producing country in Chile/south-region">South America. Wine Grapes have been grown here for more than 250 years, although commercial viticulture only began in the second half of the 19th century, about two centuries after Chile and Argentina. In recent decades, Uruguayan wine has quietly and steadily emerged on the world wine market, not as dramatically as that of its larger neighbors, but with a promising Balance and confidence. No summary of Uruguayan wine is complete without mentioning Tannat, the robust, Tannic red wine that has played a key role in the country's rise to prominence.

Just as Chile has its Carmenere and Argentina its Malbec, Tannat has become Uruguay's "iconic" grape. The first Tannat vines to arrive here were shipped across the Atlantic by 19th century settlers from the Basque Country (the autonomous communities between southern France and Northern Spain). Don Pascual Harriague is the man generally credited with spreading Tannat throughout Uruguay; for a Long time the name Harriague was used as a synonym for the grape. The family lineage of these original Tannat vines has remained largely intact, a genetic snapshot of the rustic wine of southern France at that time.

Modern Tannat clones imported from today's French vineyards have proven to be quite distinct, offering more Powerful (if structurally simpler) wines with higher Alcohol and lower Acidity. It is ironic that this New World style emerges from an Old World wine country and that one of the world's "newest" wine countries produces such Old World wines. Tannat in all its forms has proved well adapted to the South American climate - clearly better, in fact, than that of the heart of southwestern France, whose Madiran vineyards could be considered the grape's spiritual home. As viticulture and winemaking techniques continue to advance in Uruguay, the ability to capitalize on this synergy will only increase, likely confirming Uruguay's status as a reliable source of world-class red wine.

Great white wines of Uruguay

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Food and wine pairing with a white wine of Uruguay

White wines from the region of Uruguay go well with generally quite well with dishes of pork, game (deer, venison) or rich fish (salmon, tuna etc) such as recipes of breton galette with buckwheat flour, saddle of hare jura style or barbecued mackerel papillotes.

Organoleptic analysis of white wine of Uruguay

On the nose the white wine of the region of Uruguay. often reveals types of flavors of vanilla, pear or smoke and sometimes also flavors of apples, peach or green apple.

The best vintages in white wine of Uruguay

  • 2005 With an average score of 4.40/5
  • 2007 With an average score of 4.36/5
  • 2009 With an average score of 4.28/5
  • 2006 With an average score of 4.10/5
  • 2010 With an average score of 4.09/5
  • 2018 With an average score of 4.03/5

The most used grape varieties in white wine of Uruguay

  • Chardonnay
  • Albariño
  • Petit Manseng
  • Viognier
  • Sauvignon Gris
  • Riesling

The best wineries and winemakers for white wine of Uruguay

A wine route planned in the region of Uruguay? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best white wine of Uruguay.

Discover the grape variety: Gewurztraminer

Gewurztraminer rosé is a grape variety that originated in France. It produces a variety of grape specially used for wine making. It is rare to find this grape to eat on our tables. This variety of vine is characterized by small bunches and small grapes. Gewurztraminer rosé can be found in many vineyards: Alsace, Loire Valley, Languedoc & Roussillon, Jura, Champagne, Lorraine, Provence & Corsica, Rhone Valley, Savoie & Bugey, Beaujolais, South West.

Great sparkling wines of Uruguay

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Food and wine pairing with a sparkling wine of Uruguay

Sparkling wines from the region of Uruguay go well with generally quite well with dishes of veal, pork or game (deer, venison) such as recipes of blanquette of veal grandma style, cheese crusts or boar in civet.

Organoleptic analysis of sparkling wine of Uruguay

On the nose the sparkling wine of the region of Uruguay. often reveals types of flavors of citrus fruit, non oak or microbio and sometimes also flavors of tree fruit.

The best vintages in sparkling wine of Uruguay

  • 2010 With an average score of 4.10/5
  • 2005 With an average score of 3.90/5
  • 2015 With an average score of 3.89/5
  • 1898 With an average score of 3.80/5
  • 2018 With an average score of 3.70/5
  • 2013 With an average score of 3.65/5

The most used grape varieties in sparkling wine of Uruguay

  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Pinot Meunier
  • Viognier
  • Moscato
  • Moscato Giallo

The best wineries and winemakers for sparkling wine of Uruguay

A wine route planned in the region of Uruguay? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best sparkling wine of Uruguay.

The word of the wine: Vinosity

When tasting a red wine, a pleasant sensation on the palate with a fruity and sappy character in harmony with a caressing and persistent presence of tannins.

Great pink wines of Uruguay

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Food and wine pairing with a pink wine of Uruguay

Pink wines from the region of Uruguay go well with generally quite well with dishes of veal, pork or game (deer, venison) such as recipes of the alsatian walkers' pie, pork tenderloin with fresh cream or duck legs confit.

Organoleptic analysis of pink wine of Uruguay

On the nose the pink wine of the region of Uruguay. often reveals types of flavors of oaky, non oak or oak and sometimes also flavors of black fruit, red fruit or microbio.

The best vintages in pink wine of Uruguay

  • 2010 With an average score of 3.95/5
  • 2019 With an average score of 3.84/5
  • 2020 With an average score of 3.80/5
  • 2018 With an average score of 3.79/5
  • 2017 With an average score of 3.69/5
  • 2012 With an average score of 3.63/5

The most used grape varieties in pink wine of Uruguay

  • Pinot Noir
  • Tannat
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Chardonnay
  • Tempranillo
  • Merlot

The best wineries and winemakers for pink wine of Uruguay

A wine route planned in the region of Uruguay? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best pink wine of Uruguay.

Discover the grape variety: Marsanne

Marsanne is a white grape variety that originated in Montélimar in the Drôme, several centuries ago. Marsanne is also found in Cassis, Savoie, Languedoc-Roussillon and Saint-Péray in the Ardèche, where it produces remarkable sparkling wines. The warm, sunny climate of the Rhone Valley, Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence, as well as the dry, stony soil, are ideal conditions for its development. Its bunches are quite large and provide small, juicy berries that are sensitive to grey rot and strong winds. These two grape varieties complement each other perfectly: together they give light wines with little acidity, aromas of yellow fruit, white fruit and flowers with notes of honey and liquorice. This is for example what the appellations Saint-Péray, Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Saint-Joseph, Côtes-du-Vallée du Rhône, Corbières, or Cassis express... which represent about 700 hectares.

Great sweet wines of Uruguay

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Food and wine pairing with a sweet wine of Uruguay

Sweet wines from the region of Uruguay go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, game (deer, venison) or rich fish (salmon, tuna etc) such as recipes of beef with vegetables all melted, rabbit with homemade mustard or oven-baked salmon mozzarella sandwiches.

Organoleptic analysis of sweet wine of Uruguay

On the nose the sweet wine of the region of Uruguay. often reveals types of flavors of peach, apricot or honey and sometimes also flavors of earth, tree fruit or citrus fruit. In the mouth the sweet wine of the region of Uruguay. is a powerful with a nice balance between acidity and tannins.

The best vintages in sweet wine of Uruguay

  • 2008 With an average score of 4.17/5
  • 2015 With an average score of 4.17/5
  • 2006 With an average score of 4.14/5
  • 2007 With an average score of 4.12/5
  • 2017 With an average score of 4.04/5
  • 2014 With an average score of 4.00/5

The most used grape varieties in sweet wine of Uruguay

  • Tannat
  • Gewürztraminer
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Merlot
  • Castelao
  • Sauvignon Gris

The best wineries and winemakers for sweet wine of Uruguay

A wine route planned in the region of Uruguay? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best sweet wine of Uruguay.

The word of the wine: Cordial

Said of a warm, heady wine. Also used to describe wines and spirits with allegedly therapeutic properties.

Great natural sweet wines of Uruguay

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Food and wine pairing with a natural-sweet wine of Uruguay

Natural sweet wines from the region of Uruguay go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef such as recipes of chinese fondue.

Organoleptic analysis of natural-sweet wine of Uruguay

On the nose the natural sweet wine of the region of Uruguay. often reveals types of flavors of coffee, chocolate or caramel and sometimes also flavors of mint, non oak or microbio.

The best vintages in natural-sweet wine of Uruguay

  • 2015 With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 2007 With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 2018 With an average score of 4.20/5
  • 2013 With an average score of 4.10/5
  • 2016 With an average score of 4.00/5
  • 2010 With an average score of 4.00/5

The most used grape varieties in natural-sweet wine of Uruguay

  • Tannat

The best wineries and winemakers for natural-sweet wine of Uruguay

A wine route planned in the region of Uruguay? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best natural-sweet wine of Uruguay.

Discover the grape variety: Tannat

Tannat is a red grape variety from Béarn which belongs to the cotoïdes family. Present in several vineyards of France, it occupies nearly 3,000 ha. Its leaves are reddish with tan patches. Its bunches are either of normal size or larger. Its berries have a thin skin and are rounded. Its foliage has a swarthy appearance. This variety must be pruned long because it is vigorous. It likes sandy and gravelly soils. Tannat is often exposed to leafhoppers and mites. It is also somewhat susceptible to grey rot. It has 11 approved clones, including 474, 717 and 794. Once mature, this variety produces acidic, fruity, tannic, acidic and full-bodied wines. Various aromas emerge, notably tobacco, cinnamon and exotic wood. Tannat is rarely used alone. It is combined with iron-servadou to obtain a fruitier taste or with cabernet sauvignon to be more rounded.

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