Day 3 in Uruguay, The River of Painted Birds

By April 2, 2011Wine Tours

For you Trivia fans, that is the meaning of Uruguay in the Guarani language. Compared to yesterday today was tame: only one visit. But it was a visit to an exceptional winery: Bouza. For those who have been to Argentina, it will remind you of Salentein or Pulenta, or any of a number of wineries with gourmet restaurants. And unlike most of the other wineries in Uruguay, this is not a hands on owner run winery. Yesterday all of the owners greeted us and personally led the visit. That does not happen frequently in Argentina or Napa so it really is a good time to visit this wonderful country of mostly Basque and Italian immigrants.

The Bouza family bought the winery in a derelict condition in 2001 and the first vintage was 2004. Since then they have propelled the winery into one of the finest in the country. We were led on the tour of the state of art facilities by a young guide and also had the opportunity to visit the private collection of vintage cars.

We then had white glove service in their impeccable restaurant. Our menu consisted of assorted hams, cheeses, paté and caramelized onions, followed by a choice of either grilled local fish, baby beef grilled in tannat sauce or ravioli. Our dessert was creme caramel with dulce de leche. Our wine pairings were vino blanco 2010(albariño 50%/chardonnay 50%). Bouza is the only winery to grow albariño in Uruguay; tempranillo rosé 2010 aged 3 months in American oak; merlot 2007  aged 8 months in American oak; tempranillo (65%)  blended with 35% tannat 2009, 9 months in American and French oak; and Bouza Tannt A8 2008 a single parcel wine aged 16 months in American oak, 14.6%

Vintage Car Museum at Bouza Winery

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