Charming Carmelo in western Uruguay, an hour’s drive from Colonia del Sacramento, has been called the Uruguayan Tuscany. The sleepy town is surrounded by eight boutique wine producers – mostly small, and all family-run concerns.

Each vineyard is very different one from the other. Though what they have in common is that your winery tour guide will most likely be the owner or the principal wine-makerAnd they all have unique stories to tell you as part of (abundant) wine-tasting.

Plan to visit just one or two Carmelo vineyards per day. These are leisurely personalised experiences to be savoured, very different from what you might expect in more commercialised parts of the wine world.

The good news is that you can coordinate wine-tastings at each vineyards by email. And the vineyards are usually extremely quick to answer. the wineries in Carmelo.

The Guru’Guay Guide to Uruguay: Beaches, Ranches and Wine Country has an entire chapter on Carmelo and will make your Uruguay travel planning simple.

Organised wine tours

If you are going to be in Colonia and have just one day to devote to a wine tour, we recommend Borravino wine tours. Damian can pick you up at your hotel or the port in Colonia del Sacramento and take you to Carmelo for the day.

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Guru’Guay’s hearty thanks: My visit to Carmelo wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Sylvana Cabrera of ComeryBeber.com for scouting out wonderful locations for Guru’Guay readers, Diego and Ana Paula Cordano of Almacen de la Capilla for providing me shelter in their wonderful little cabin amongst the vines and Mariño Sport, the most trusty rent-a-car in Uruguay. As always all opinions expressed in this article are my own.