Uruguayan wine, the mysterious "Tannat": The country's wine heritage goes back to the first Spanish and Italian immigrants who brought the grapevine some 250 years ago. In 1874, a French Basque immigrant named Harriague imported grapevine cuttings of the obscure French variety called Tannat ("Tah-naht.") This red grape, usually grown only in Madiran, a small wine region in Southwestern France, produces dark, dense red wines of extremely tannic nature (the name "Tannat" is said to stem directly from "tannin"), so harsh and unyielding that they often require years of aging to become drinkable.Tannat proved an excellent match for the soil and climate in Uruguay, and it has become the country's leading variety, as closely associated with the place as "Malbec" has become the trademark variety for Argentina.
Uruguayan Artisan Cheese: On the other hand, the knowledge on "Artisan Cheese" was introduced in Uruguayby immigrants of Swiss origin. After settling in the Province of Colonia, they founded what is nowadays "Colonia Suiza" and as soon as the activity of the first producers showed to be profitable, they were imitated by the nearby towns extending the artisan cheese production area to the Province of San Jose.
Day 1: Bue - Colonia (Estancia la Vigna)
Morning arrival to Colonia del Sacramento. Walking city tour along the cobbled streets of the old town of "Colonia Del Sacramento"; visit to the old buildings, old forts and Spanish and Portuguese Museums and the most important tourist spots of this Old Portuguese City form the XVII century that has been declared Patrimony of Mankind by the UNESCO. Lunch at Meson de la Plaza restaurant, a lovely traditional small restaurant located in one of the most important squares of "Colonia del Sacramento". During the afternoon, we will visit the "Calera de las Huerfanas" Jesuit ruins and enjoy some wine tasting at Zubizarreta and Irurtia wineries. Dinner and accommodation at Estancia La Vigna w/breakfast.
Day 2: Colonia - Montevideo
Morning visit of estancia La Vigna; guests will learn about the artisan production of cheeses at the small farm. After some cheese tastings, a delicious lunch will be served. Private transfer to the local bus station where guests will board the regular bus to Montevideo. On arrival, they will be met by a local driver and transferred to Hotel Regency Golf.
Day 3: Montevideo
Morning city tour of Montevideo with lunch included at the lively Port Market. During the afternoon, guests will enjoy a tour of the best vineyards of Montevideo including standard tastings of Tannat fine wines iat Bouza and Juanico Wineries. Accommodation at Hotel Regency Golf w/breakfast.
Day 4: Montevideo
Transfer to Montevideo Port or Airport.
- Price are based in 2 passengers traveling together.
- During special dates and national holidays, special rates may apply without prior notice.
- From 20/Dec to 4/Jan estancia La Vigna will remain closed.
- Quoted Rooms Category: Standard
- Meals do not include beverage or tips
- Ferry tickets not included, they will be quoted separately.
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