Eight of the best from Uruguay

Eight of Uruguay’s leading producers were sharing a combined stand at this year’s Vinexpo as they looked to both raise the profile of the country’s wines and gain wider distribution for their own wines.

As well the chance to taste wines and meet the producers and their winemakers, Uruguay Wine was also running a series of masterclasses hosted by UK wine writer, Amanda Barnes, who specialises in wines from South America.
The eight producers, who all have ambitious export plans, include: Bodega Bouza; Bodega Garzón Brisas; Bodega Carrau; De Lucca Wines; Familia Deicas; Familia Traversa; Giménez Mendez; and Bodega Pisano.
Uruguay now produces 10m cases of wine a year, from 16,000 acres of vines, shared between 180 wineries. If Argentina is best known for its Malbec, and Chile for Carmenere then Tannat would be Uruguay’s hero grape variety. There was a chance to taste and see the different styles of Tannat that are now being produced in Uruguay at Amanda Barnes’ masterclass with selected wines from Bodega Bouza, Familia Deicas, and Bodega Garzón Brisas. Barnes also ran a masterclass that looked at the other varieties that are now making quality wine in Uruguay with wines from Giménez Mendez, Bodega Garzón Brisas and Familia Traversa.