Uruguay is the fourth-largest wine-producing country in South America. Wine grapes have been grown here for over 250 years, although commercial viniculture did not begin until the second half of the 19th century, two centuries or so after Chile and Argentina. The majority of Uruguayan wine is made from vineyards in the south of the country, in the Canelones, Montevideo and San Jose departments. Bordeaux varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc head up the dry red wines other than Tannat’ category, while their light-skinned equivalents Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are behind most of Uruguay’s modern-style dry whites. Aromatic Viognier is also increasingly popular among Uruguayan vignerons.
Tannat is a red wine grape whose origins lie in the Basque country, on the border between France and Spain. Here in the shadow of the Pyrenees Mountains the terrain is rough and rugged, so it is only fitting that Tannat should create wines which are equally deep, dark, dry and rustic.