Uruguay Challenges Argentina’s Reign in Wine

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The Los Angeles Times reports on the growing prowess of the wineries of Argentina’s northern neighbor.  The small country’s Juanico region is composed almost entirely of vineyards- and wine tourism.  Only a 45 minute drive away from Rio de la Plata it’s certainly worth a taste.  The area is known for containing the “Wine Roads,” a stretch of 15 bodegas where wine aficionados can explore vineyards, cellars and sample local cuisine.  Spanish settlers brought the first grapevines to Uruguay during the colonial period, with Tannat serving as the primary grape.  On the whole, Uruguayan wines have a lower alcohol content and are thought of as “softer and more approachable.”

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