So Uruguay was still a bit of a secret –even in wine circles– when almost a decade ago Damian decided to make a big life change. He left Argentina and moved to Colonia del Sacramento, a small town with UNESCO heritage status in Uruguay, just an hour across the water from Buenos Aires.
However it wasn’t just the charm and history of Colonia that impacted him. It was the wine.
The quality of the wines being produced in Carmelo, just an hour’s drive from his new home blew him away. He was particularly excited by Tannat, Uruguay’s answer to Malbec.[caption id="attachment_1900" align="alignright" width="300"] Trying fine wine straight from the barrel![/caption]
The wine roads of Colonia-Carmelo and Montevideo
Damian offers tours of two outstanding Uruguayan wine-producing regions:
Montevideo and Canelones wine road
Most of Uruguay’s wine is produced in vineyards just outside of the capital Montevideo and its neighbouring province Canelones. The closest vineyard is just ten minutes drive from the city centre. However most vineyards are not open to the public. So a wine tour is the only way to see the majority.
Colonia and Carmelo wine road
Colonia is a south-western province most well-known for the historic city of Colonia del Sacramento. The eight wineries are just outside the town of Carmelo and almost all dedicated specifically to boutique-production.
Damian’s tours will take you on a one-day trip along either the Montevideo-Canelones wine road or the Colonia-Carmelo wine road – or what the hell, do both!
Historic city and gastronomy tours
Damian’s a passionate history buff so if you want to mix and match a wine tour with a short city tour of Montevideo or Colonia’s Old Towns, that’s also an option.
He’s also putting together gastronomy tours of Uruguay’s best cheese-makers and olive-oil producers. I haven’t seen anyone else doing this yet. So do ask him if that’s something you’re interested in.
What’s included in a Feeling Uruguay tour
- All transfers
- Expert guide and sommeliers
- Visits to 1, 2 or 3 family-owned wineries
- Tasting of up to 10 or more wines (including from the barrel)
- “Picadas” – plates of local cheeses, cured hams, breads
- Opportunity to meet winemakers face–to–face
- The tour takes up to seven hours depending on the tour chosen
- Come away with good background on Uruguayan wine, the signature wine, Tannat, and how wines are made here
- Come away with a real feel for Uruguay
- Tours in Argentinian wine country (Mendoza and in the future, Salta) available
- Reservations and payment online
More information on Feeling Uruguay wine tours
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