URUGUAY IS   Regions19     DO.- 21      @Montevideo

  • WHITE= Albariño, Chardonnay, Muscat Hamburg, Sauvignon Blanc, Torrontes, Ugni Blanc, Verdejo, Viognier
  • RED= Tannat 28% AKA=Harriague, Merlot 10%, Cabernet Sauvignon 8%, Cabernet Franc 4%, Concord, Malbec, Marselan, Pinot Noir, Petit Manseng, Petit Verdot

GEOGRAPHY HEMISPHERE-Southern, REGION-South America, COUNTRY-Uruguay,  LATITUDE: 30°- 35°S

  • REGIONS– Pajaros Pintados(West), Northern(North-Central), South-Central, East(East)
  • DEPARTMENTS-(20)- Artigas, Canelones, Colonia, Durazno, Florida, Lavalleja, Maldonado, Montevideo, Paysandu, Rivera, Rocha, Salto, San Jose, Soriano, Tacuarembo
  • BORDERS- Brazil(North), Argentina(South), Atlantic Ocean(East)

TOPOGRAPHY  FeaturesFlat/ Rolling/ Hilly, On~Rio de la Plata~Bay~/ On~Atlantic~Ocean~

SOILS Metamorphic, Sedimentary

  • Alluvial Clay, Silts, Sand, Gravel Over Limestone Bedrock, Balasto– Decomposed Granite
  • **Refer to “TERROIR/ Geology & Soil” For Detailed Information On Soils

CLIMATE Atlantic, INFLUENCE/ Atlantic Ocean,  +WINDS/ Antarctic

  • Summers– Hot, Humid   |  Winters– Cold, Wet, Rainy

VITICULTURE 8,240ha. Planted

  • #28 In Grape Production & #5 In Wine Consumption In World
  • While a Relatively Young Modern Wine History, Uruguay is Forging a Culture of Sustainability and Biodiversity In the Vineyards.


  • While a Relatively Young Modern Wine History, Uruguay if Forging a Culture of Minimal Intervention In the Wineries.

HISTORY Wine History Since 1824

  • 1870 @Uruguay Basque Immigrated to Country.
  • 1875 @Litoral Norte Spanish/ Basque Immigrates Bring Viticulture.
  • 1900 @Uruguay Italian Immigrated to Country.

CULTURE Mass Immigration the Basque Region/ South-West France.

  • ASSOCIATIONS~  ~Wine of Uruguay~
    • ~Uruguayan National Institute For Viti-Ciniculture~ INAVI.
  • PIONEERS– ~Basque Settlers~ Brought Wine to Uruguay In 1870’s
  • GASTRONOMYBeef, Yerba Mate(Dried Leaves of Native Holly Plant)
    • CHEESE


  • GOVERNING BODY- Instituto Nacional de Vitivinicultura
  • LAWS GOVERNING- Geographic Boundaries, Topography
    • Vino de Calidad Peferente VCP.- “Quality Wine” Produced From Vitis Vinifera Variatals and Must Be Sold In 750ml. Bottle or Smaller.
  • Vino Comun VC,- Table Wine, Sold In Demijohns or Tetra Pakes

GEOGRAPHIC DISCLAIMERTo Understand the Wine World and Benefit From DtheV.com a Understanding of Uruguay’s Geography is Needed and the Ability to Visualize Its Wine Regions Topography. Uruguay is Organized In a North to South / East to West Orientation and Intended to Be Researched and Memorized as So.

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Pajaros Pintados Region

LITORAL NORTERegion     @Salto

  • WHITE=   |    RED=
  • GEOGRAPHY– Uruguay(North-West), In Salto & Paysandu, @Hw.#3/ 6
    • DEPARTMENTS– Artigas, Paysandu, Rio Negro, Salto, “Non-Contiguous(4)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- “Rolling”
  • VITICULTURE–   ?  haPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers-

ARTIGAS     @Artigas

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc  |   RED= ?
  • GEOGRAPHY– Uruguay(North-West), @Hw.#30
    • REGION-Litoral Norte, DEPARTMENT-Artigas, BORDERS: Brazil
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Flat/ Rolling”, On~Cuareim~River~
  • VITICULTURE– 115haPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers

SALTO     @Salto

  • WHITE= Chardonnay   |   RED= ?
  • GEOGRAPHY– Uruguay(North-West), @Hw.#4
    • REGION-Litoral Norte, DEPARTMENT-Salto, BORDERS: Argentina(West)
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Rolling”, On~Uruguay/ Arapey Grande~River~
  • VITICULTURE– 58haPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers– Cattani, Orihuela, Salto Chico

PAYSANDU       @Paysandu

  • WHITE= Chardonnay   |   RED=
  • GEOGRAPHY– Uruguay(West), REGION-Litoral Norte, DEPARTMENT-Paysandu
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Rolling”, On~Queguay/ Dayman ~River~
  • VITICULTURE– 170haPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers- Bertolini & Broglio, Leonardo Falcone, Tagliani

RIO NEGRO     @Dolores

  • WHITE=   |    RED=
  • GEOGRAPHY– Uruguay(West), REGION-Litoral Norte, DEPARTMENT-Rio Negro
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Rolling”, On~San Savador~River~Tributary~Uruguay~River~
  • VITICULTURE–  ?  haPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers

LITORAL SUR Region”   @Colonia Sacramento

  • WHITE=   |    RED=
  • GEOGRAPHY– Uruguay(South-West), In Soriano & Colonia, REGIONS– Colonia, Soriano
    • Across From Buenos Aires,  “Non-Contiguous(4)
  • VITICULTURE–  ?  haPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers

SORIANO     @Mercedes, Dolores

  • WHITE=   |    RED=
  • GEOGRAPHY– Uruguay(South-West), REGION-Litoral Sur, DEPARTMENT-Soriano
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Rolling”, On~San Salvador~River~
  • VITICULTURE– 11haPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers

COLONIA      @Colonia

  • WHITE= ?  |    RED= Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Tannat
  • GEOGRAPHY– Uruguay(South-West), REGION-Litoral Sur, DEPARTMENT-Colonia
    • BORDERS– San Jose(East)
    • CITIES– Carmelo, Colonia del Sacramento, Juan Lacaze, Nueva Helvecia
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Rolling”, On~La~Plata~River~
  • VITICULTURE– 560 haPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers– Dante Irurtia, Finca Narbona, Km.0

Northern Region

NORD Region”   @Colonia Sacramento

  • WHITE=   |    RED=
  • GEOGRAPHY– Uruguay(South-West), In Soriano & Colonia, Across From Buenos Aires
    • REGIONS– Nord, DEPARTMENTS-Rivera, Tacuarembo
  • VITICULTURE–  ?  haPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers

RIVERA     @Rivera

  • WHITE= Albarino, Chardonnay
  • RED=  Pinot Noir, Tannat
  • GEOGRAPHY– Uruguay(North), REGION-Nord, DEPARTMENT-Rivera(North)
    • BORDERS: Brazil(North), Tacuarembo(South)
    • Sub-Zones Cerro do Chapeu
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Rolling/ Hilly”, SLOPES/ ?, +Alt.220mt.
  • VITICULTURE– 50haPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers– Carrau, Cerro Chapeu

TACUAREMBO      @Tacuarembo

  • WHITE= Chardonnay
  • RED=  Pinot Noir, Tannat
  • GEOGRAPHY– Uruguay(North-Interior), REGION-Nord,  DEPARTMENT-Tacuarembo(Central)
    • BORDERS– Rivera(North), Durazno(South)
  • VITICULTURE– 30haPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers

South Central Region

CENTRO   “Region”  @Florida

  • WHITE=   |    RED=
  • GEOGRAPHY– Uruguay(Interior), REGION– Centro, DEPARTMENTS– Durazno, Florida
    • “Non-Contiguous(3)
  • VITICULTURE–  ?   haPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers

DURAZNO      @Durazno

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdejo
  • RED=  Pinot Noir, Tannat
  • GEOGRAPHY– Uruguay(Central-Interior), REGION-Centro, DEPARTMENT-Durazno
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Rolling”, On~Negro/ Yi~Rivers~
  • VITICULTURE– 90haPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers– El Capricho

FLORIDA     @Florida

  • WHITE=   |    RED=
  • GEOGRAPHY– Uruguay(South-Interior), REGION-Centro, DEPARTMENT-Florida
    • BORDERS– San Jose(West), Canelones(South)
    • Sub-Zones- Centro
  • VITICULTURE– 50haPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers

METRAPOLITIANA Region”   @Montevideo

  • WHITE=   |    RED=
  • GEOGRAPHY– Uruguay(South-Central), DEPARTMENTS– San Jose, Canelones
  • VITICULTURE–  ?  haPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers– Antigua Bodega Stagnari, Ariano Hermanos, Marichal

SAN JOSE      @San Jose

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc
  • RED= Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Tannat, Tempranillo
  • GEOGRAPHY– Uruguay(South), REGION-Metrapolitiana, DEPARTMENT-San Jose
    • BORDERS– Colonia(West), Florida(East), West of Montevideo(     km.)
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Flat/ Rolling”, On~?~Bay~
  • VITICULTURE– 500 haPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers– Castillo Viejo

CANELONES      @Canelones

  • WHITE= Albarino, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Sauvgnon Blanc
  • RED= Arinarnoa, Cabernet Franc, Marsalan, Marzemino, Malbec, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Syrah, Tannat, Tempranillo
  • GEOGRAPHY– Uruguay(South), REGION-Metrapolitiana, REGION-Canelones
    • BORDERS-Florida(North), San Jose(West), North of Montevideo(30km.)
    • Sub-Zones- Juanico, Progreso
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Flat/ Rolling”, SLOPES/ ?, +Alt.30mt.-60mt., On~ ~Bay~
  • SOILSMetamorphic“, “Sedimentary, Chalk, Clay, Calcaareous, Limestone
  • CLIMATEMaritime
  • VITICULTURE– 4,350haPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers– Antiqua, Ariano Hermanos, Artesana, Bolzano, Carrau, Casa Grande, Castillo Viejo, De Lucca, Deicas(Paul Hobbs), Gimenez. Mendez, Marichal, Pisano, Pizzorno, Stagnari, Tercetto, Traversa, Varela Zarranz
    • Vineyards– Antiqua Bodega Stagnari, Artesana, Carrau, Los Nadies, Las Violetas, Valle de los Manantiales, Varela Zarranz

  • JUANICO     @Juanico
    • WHITE= ?   |    RED= Tannat
    • GEOGRAPHY– Uruguay, In Canelones(North)
    • VITICULTURE– 250haPlanted
      • Estates/ Producers– Establecimiento, Juanico, Puebla del Sol
  • PROGRESO      @Progreso
    • WHITE= Torrontes
    • RED= Cabernet Sauvigon, Pinot Noir, Tannat
    • GEOGRAPHY– Uruguay, In Canelones(North-Central)
    • VITICULTURE– 250haPlanted
      • Estates/ Producers– Deicas, Marks & Spencer, Pisano, Vina Progreso

MONTEVIDEO Region”   @Montevideo

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Sauvgnon Blanc
  • RED= Cabernet Franc, Marselan, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Petit Verdot, Sousao, Syrah, Tannat, Tempranillo
  • GEOGRAPHY– Uruguay, DEPARTMENT-Montevideo, Sub-Zones- Violets
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Flat/ Rolling”, SLOPES/ Pan de Azucat, On~Montevideo~Bay~
  • SOILS– Granite
  • VITICULTURE– 1,050haPlanted
    • -Estates/ Producers– Alto de la Ballena, Bouza, Carrau(Pablo Varzi), Colon, Finca Giacobbe, Finos Berretta, Traversa, Uruka, Vina Eden, Vinos Finos
    • Vineyards– Cerro Chapeu(1930)
  • CULTURE– Uruguay Capital and Urban Center

East Region

OCIANICA       @Maldonado

  • WHITE=   |   RED=
  • GEOGRAPHY– Uruguay(South-East), REGION-Ocianica, DEPARTMENT– Lavalleja, Maldonado, Rocha
    •  “Non-Contiguous(2)
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Rolling”, On~Coast/ Atlantic~Ocean~
  • VITICULTURE–  ?  haPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers– Alto de la Ballena, Garzon

LAVALLEJA      @Minas

  • WHITE= Viognier
  • RED= Merlot, Petit Verdot, Tannat
  • GEOGRAPHY– Uruguay(South-Interior), REGION-Ociancia, DEPARTMENT-Lavalleja
    • BORDERS-Maldonado(South)
  • VITICULTURE– 10haPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers– Deicas(Paul Hobbs)

MALDONADO     @Maldonado

  • WHITE= Albarino, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier
  • RED= Cabernet Franc, Marselan, Merlot, Petit Manseng, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Tannat
  • GEOGRAPHY– Uruguay(South-East), REGION-Ociancia, DEPARTMENT-Maldonado
    • BORDERS-Lavalleja(North), Rocha(East)
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Flat/ Rolling/ Hilly”, +Alt. 160mt., On~Montevideo~Bay~
  • SOILS= Metamorphic,  Balasto– Decomposed Granite
  • VITICULTURE– 335haPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers– Alto de la Ballena, Bouza(7.5ha.), Brisas, Cerro del Toro, Garzon, Oceanica, Sacromonte, Vina Eden

ROCHA      @Rocha

  • WHITE= Chardonnay
  • RED= Tannat
  • GEOGRAPHY– Uruguay(South-East), REGION-Ociancia, DEPARTMENT-Rocha
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Rolling”, On~Cebollati~River~On~Montevideo~Bay~
  • VITICULTURE– 10haPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers-

**Refer to “BIBLIOGRAPHY/ SOURCES” For Details On Scholarly Works Referenced