Uruguay enjoys a privileged geographical position that enables it to be a leading country in the production of wines. Located between parallels 30 and 35 (south latitude), Uruguay shares the location of the best wine regions of Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Its clay soil, balanced sunshine, rain and temperatures are optimal conditions for the vineyards growing on its gentle rolling land.
Wine lovers will find a great variety of wineries in Uruguay offering tours, wine tastings and hosting special parties and events. All seasons have their charm for wine tourism in Uruguay. For example, in March, the country’s main tourist wineries open their doors to share the best of their crops during the Harvest Festival. During this festival, visitors can get a quick introduction to the production activity and equipped with scissors and a basket, they can experiment the pleasure of harvesting on their own. In winter, between May and June, wineries propose tourist to enjoy one of the most traditional and perfect pairings: lamb and Tannat, as well as various artistic performances and activities that complement the food and wine proposals.
COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO / CARMELO
Arrival in Colonia de Sacramento. Meet and greet at the port or airport, followed by a guided tour of the beautiful town of Colonia. Lunch in a local restaurant. Private transport to Narbona Wine Lodge, in Carmelo. Night’s accomodation at the Lodge.
After breakfast we’ll head to Carmelo to discover the origins of the vine in Uruguay. We’ll visit the “Bodega Cordano”, including a wine tasting, and then have lunch at the “Posada Campotinto”. During the afternoon we’ll keep exploring the area with a last tasting at the “Bodega Boutique El Lagado”. Overnight in Carmelo in one of our selected hotels.
CARMELO / COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO
In the morning, after breakfast, we’ll start the day with a visit to the historical vineyard “Los Cerros de San Juan”, where we’ll enjoy an exclusive wine tasting. Then we’ll continue our trip to our hotel in Colonia where we’ll have free time to have lunch. The rest of the afternoon is free for your choice of activities. Overnight in Colonia.
COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO / MONTEVIDEO
After breakfast you will be transferred to Montevideo. The remainder of the day will be free to relax or explore the city. Overnight Montevideo
MONTEVIDEO AND SURROUNDINGS
After breakfast we’ll start our full day tour by visiting two vineyards on the outskirts of Montevideo. First, we’ll visit the “Bodega Marichal” where we’ll have an exclusive wine tasting along with a small brunch. At noon, we will have lunch at the “Bodega Juanico”, as well as a wine tasting. We’ll then return to our hotel in Montevideo to spend the night.
Breakfast at the hotel and then entire free day to enjoy exclusive activities such as:
-Wine Fly: A flight above the vineyards and the surroundings of Montevideo
-Asado class: Learn how to prepare our unique style of barbecue
-Champagne class: Make your own champagne in one of the oldest cellars in the country.
-Spa and Horses day: Relax in a beautiful nearby bodega.
-City biking tour: Discover the city of Montevideo by bike.
MONTEVIDEO / PUNTA DEL ESTE
After breakfast we will head to Punta del Este to visit the “Bodega Casa Grande”. This small family owned vineyard is located on the outskirts of Montevideo and offers a very cozy environment to enjoy tasting its main wines. Around noon, we will continue our tour to “Viñedos de los Vientos” where we’ll have an exquisite homemade lunch, served with the principal wines of the winery. After lunch the owner himself will give us a tour, telling us all about the history of the Bodega. Continue on to Punta del Este for overnight stay.
PUNTA DEL ESTE / JOSE IGNACIO
Breakfast and then a guided city tour of Punta del Este. We’ll visit the main attractions of the city, like the main avenue “Juan Golero”, the handicraft market, the yacht marina, the “Nuestra señora de la Candelaria” church, the lighthouse, the beaches and the residential areas such as “the Golf”, “San Rafael”, “beverly hills” and the “Cantegril”. After crossing the famous wavy bridge of “La Barra”, we’ll continue our trip towards “Jose Ignacio”. On our way, we’ll stop and visit the well known seaside resort “La Barra” and its neighbour “Manantiales” with their beautiful “Montoya” and “Bikini” beaches. We’ll pass through many other small beach towns and finally get to famous “Jose Ignacio”. We’ll take time to enjoy this charming resort, taking a look at the lighthouse and stroll around the center to relax in one of the many great restaurants and cafes. The rest of the day is free time before returning to Punta del Este.
PUNTA DEL ESTE / GARZON
We’ll have breakfast at the hotel and then begin our day in the “Garzon’s hills”, where we’ll enjoy an exclusive olive oil tasting. It’s a unique and unmissable experience for nature lovers and wine lovers alike, to discover the preparation secrets of a top quality extra virgin olive oil. We’ll take a tour of the olive grove and of the workshop where you’ll learn the origin of this product and its whole preparation process, while enjoying the unique scenery. A tasting of wines and oils follows, served with a selection of cheeses and breads. A few kilometers away we will visit the “Bodega Garzon” where you’ll enjoy a stunning view over the vineyard while learning about the area and the vines they developed. Then you’ll visit the winery and get to know more about the production while testing three wines.
PUNTA DEL ESTE
Breakfast and free day to enjoy the beach and the city.
PUNTA DEL ESTE / PUNTA BALLENA AND SURROUNDINGS
After breakfast we’ll take the winding Route 12 that leads us to “Bodega Altos de la Ballena”. There, the winemaker will explain everything that you need to know about the vine, and then we will enjoy a tasting of three types of wines served with bread and cheese with a spectacular panoramic view over the “Laguna del Sauce” as a backdrop. Continuing on, we’ll visit “Bodega Viña Eden” with another exclusive tasting. This bodega benefits from an exceptional location on the panoramic Route 12 which is born in the Atlantic and opens up towards this mountainous area. An idyllic place to have a unique experience! The mineral nature of the soils, mixed with the oceanic influence of the Atlantic, generate the ideal conditions for the creation and sustainable production of wines of a unique style. We’ll then return to Punta del Este to spend the night.
PUNTA DEL ESTE / AIRPORT (PDP / MVD)
Breakfast and departure transfer as applicable, Montevideo or Punta del Este.