EXPLORING THE WINELAND IN URUGUAY
The Experience: Its excellent geographic location has led Uruguay to become consolidated as a privileged producer of wines with international standards of quality, not only in the region but also in the world, in the last few years. Its vineyards lie between the 30th and 35th parallels south, just like in Argentina, Chile, Australia and New Zealand, whose grapes and labels are known worldwide. In addition to the extraordinary knowledge and human quality of those who make Uruguayan wine, the climate and the soil have managed a perfectcombination for real treasures like Merlot, Cavernet sauvignon, Malbec and Tannat grapes to be granted international awards in the latest contests and encounters on this specialty. There is no doubt that the mixture of these factors turn Uruguay into an ideal destination for lovers of good wine, as they may include the real possibility of touring around several wineries as they taste these ever improving Uruguayan wines. Come and explore with us the so-called Caminos del vino (Wine Roads). Tasting sessions, wine museums, restaurants and boutiques selling exclusive products that give evidence that wine has come to Uruguay to stay.
Destination: Colonia del Sacramento and Montevideo, Uruguay
Duration: 5 days
DAY 1: Appreciate the historic Colonia.
Arrival in Colonia del Sacramento and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a guided walk through the historical downtown, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and taste local wines, cheeses and homemade desserts at a charming little place called El Buen Suspiro, raised over a construction which was built by the Portuguese in 1720.
DAY 2: Irurtia winery visit and tasting.
Visit Irurtia winery, a family project which begun in 1913 near Carmelo’s Hill and maintains its tradition till nowadays. Know the property, the vineyards and the cellar and enjoy the tasting of different wines, homemade breads and cheeses.
DAY 3: La Brida visit and cheese tasting.
After breakfast, a private transfer will drive you to the capital city of Montevideo. On the way, we’ll make a stop at La Brida blue cheese manufacturing establishment, for a great cheese tasting.
DAY 4: Montevideo City Tour & visit to Bouza Winery.
After visiting the highlights of Montevideo in a city tour, we’ll visit Bouza Winery, located in the Melilla area. Surrounded by native woods, the Winery was built using the basic structure of an old winery that had been functioning since 1942. The visit begins in the vineyards, with an orientation on the entire process of wine, and the observation of wide diversification of fauna and flora. You’ll also be able to appreciate part of the owner’s collection of impeccably well-kept antique cars, like Ford T from 1926, Citroen 1950, Alfa Romeo Spider 1960, and 1926 train wagons among others. You will then visit the cave for a wine tasting while you enjoy lunch.
Day 4: Transfer to Montevideo Airport
Take your flight back home or to Port to take the ferry back to Buenos Aires.