Uruguay held a tasting of its outstanding wines at Expo Dubai

The country is a recognized producer of premium wines, which are exported to the most demanding markets in the world.

More than 25 beverage buyers from leading hotels and importers from around the world visited Uruguay’s pavilion at Expo Dubai to enjoy a tasting and masterclass of the country’s wines.

The masterclass was given by award-winning wine writer and influencer Amanda Barnes, who specializes in writing about the wine regions and tourist destinations of the Southern Cone. Author of the South American Wine Guide, she contributes to multiple wine and travel publications and is editor of the Wine Writers Circle publication.

The guests were able to learn first-hand about the benefits of one of the country’s most outstanding export products from nine Uruguayan wineries: Ariano, Bouza, Carrau, Familia Deicas, Familia Traversa, Garzón, Giménez Méndez, Toscanini and Viña Edén.

With more than 250 years of history, multiple international awards and an interesting export flow to demanding markets around the world, Uruguay has positioned itself as an emblematic wine producer.

Committed to the use of technology applied to sustainable production and with the endorsement of the International Organization of Vineyards and Winegrowers (OIV), Uruguay has every reason to be proud of its wine industry. In fact, it is the first in Latin America to have geo-referencing in all its establishments and to have all its viticulture mapped.

The Tannat grape, its flagship variety, has established itself as the country’s main grape variety due to its good adaptation to the soil and climate. Among wine producing countries, Uruguay is known for this unique and characteristic grape variety, which achieves an elegant, intense and characterful wine that pairs well with meat, another of the country’s distinctive products.

In addition to Tannat, it produces French grapes such as Suavignon Blanc, Chandon and Pinot Noir, among others. The country has a privileged geographical location, its subtropical-humid climate and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean are components that moderate the high temperatures in its hottest season, which, together with its undulating topography and its clayey and sandy soils, allows for good natural drainage, which is decisive for this type of crop.

In 2020 Uruguay exported more than five and a half million kilos of wine, including shipments from free trade zones, to multiple countries such as Brazil, the United States, the Russian Federation, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Poland and more. In the same year, almost 94 million kilos of grapes were pressed in 159 wineries, a higher average than the previous year, according to data from the National Institute of Viticulture (INAVI).

The wine industry is growing steadily in terms of exports, domestic consumption, attracting new demanding palates and international recognition, having won eight medals in the Vinalies Internationales and the Bacchus International Wine Competition in 2020 alone.

Learn more about Uruguayan wines at www.uruguayindubai.com

Ph. Fernando Carballo

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