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Beautifully situated between busting Brazil and romantic Argentina, Uruguay is a small but important country in South America, especially when it comes to the wine world. Thanks to its mild climate that favors the cultivation of the vine throughout its territory, Uruguay Winelands welcomes wine lovers from all over the world.

If you are a foodie and a wine enthusiast, continue reading this article and find out all about the region known as the Uruguayan Tuscany, and the best family-run vineyards in this charming country. 

Uruguay Winelands: Almacen de la Capilla

The city of Carmelo is surrounded by a charming region known by many as Uruguay’s little Tuscany, where you will be welcomed by mesmerizing wineries and vineyards, as well as beautiful natural landscapes and relaxing fresh air. 

Enjoy a lovely afternoon drinking great wine and enjoying a delicious “Picada” 🍷
📸@almacen_de_la_capilla

One of the most beautiful family-owned vineyards in this region is the Almacen de la Capilla winery, where you are welcomed to taste their amazing wines, as well as delicious local products while learning all about its history. Located in the area of Colonia Estrella, this old and peaceful winery was founded by Antonio Cordano in 1855 and is now waiting for foodies and wine lovers with great surprises. 

Read more Wine Destinations in South America to Tempt any Palate

Uruguay Winelands Familia Irurtia

There is no way you should explore Uruguay’s Tuscany without stopping at the stunning winery of the Irurtia family, who have been making some of the best Uruguayan wines for more than 100 years.

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Family Irurtia Museum @rotadovinhooficial

Enjoy a memorable journey of the wine, admire the amazing cellar and vineyards, listen to great local stories, and indulge in delicious wine tasting sessions. Also, visit the Familia Irurtia Museum and enjoy a cava, as well as local cheese and homemade bread tastings. 

Uruguay Winelands Campo Tinto

Wine lovers should also visit the gorgeous Campo Tinto Winery. At Camp Tinto, you will be welcomed by a winery, a comfortable inn, a big country table with homemade honest food and, of course, tasty wine, as well as never-ending fields of vines. 

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Horseback riding at Campotinto winery by @campotinto

Pamper yourself with a delicious meal at the restaurant or enjoy a cheese tasting session, indulge in a glass of Tannat at sunset, enjoy a romantic picnic or an adventurous bike rude though the vines, and much more at Camp Tinto. 

Uruguay Winelands El Legado

Bodega El Legado is another family business, all wine lovers should visit when visiting spectacular South America. Expect a small winery, with amazing warmth, personal attention, and prestigious wines. 

This is a remarkable stop on the Wine Route of Uruguay, and it promises a cozy visit and a memorable wine tasting session, paired, of course, with mouthwatering cheese. 

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Romantic Sunset at @el_legado_bodega_

Uruguay Winelands Narbona 

Located on the shores of the River Plate More, in the hull of the original farm dating from 1909, Narbona is an estancia that promises to offer you the wine experience you are looking for. 

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Grape harvest in the vineyard at @narbonawinelodge

Besides manufacturing premium wines, Narbona also has small plantations of fruit trees, producing jams and syrups, in addition to wine, cheeses, dry pasta, and olive oil. 

These are the five family-owned vineyards you should visit in the mesmerizing Uruguayan Tuscany. But, to have a complete experience in this lovely country, any wine enthusiasts should add Bodega Garzon to the must-see list. Promising some of the most iconic wines, as well as the amazing dishes signed by the renowned chef Francis Mallmann, known for developing the cooking of fires, Bodega Garzon is a special place to celebrate your love for wine, food, and Uruguay. 

Read More: A Culinary Hidden Gem in Uruguay: Chef Francis Mallmann’s Garzon Restaurant

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Bodega Garzon, a Boutique winery in the idyllic countryside of Garzón, 11 miles from the Atlantic, near the tourist towns of Punta del Estate and Jose Ignacio. @bodegagarzon

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Clara Barciela
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