Terroir Treasures in Uruguay
Located in a fantastic setting 525ft (160m) above sea level in the Garzón hills, Bodega Garzón is considered the most extraordinary wine estate in Uruguay.
With the advice of international enologist Alberto Antonini, the hills were planted with a complex network of vineyards that produce wines with a strong identity, expressing the inimitable character and features of the Garzón terroir.
Currently there are more than ten varieties planted (Tannat, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Marselan, Albariño, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Grigio, among others) on a total of 220ha (545 acres) spread across 1,150 plots, with substantial differences in the slope of each terrain, as well as in microclimate, orientation, humidity levels, sun exposure, and soil characteristics.
Strikingly modern, it will be the first sustainable winery built outside North America to be awarded a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification. It also follows the stringent sustainability requirements of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). It is the aim of Bodega Garzón eventually to obtain a “green” building certification for all its facilities, which would be unprecedented in the world.
Wine lovers are invited to take part in a range of very special experiences among the vineyards and olive groves surrounding the Bodega Garzón winery and extra-virgin olive oil boutique production plant. These range from guided vineyard and winery tours with tastings, to a traditional asado (barbecue) served in an olive grove and gourmet picnics in the hills, and from a hot-air balloon trip over the estate, to participating in the olive harvest that takes place from March to May.
Bodega Garzón wines have received over 125 international awards in just five years, including more than 40 distinctions in 2016. Their juicy, spicy Tannat was recognized as the best of its type in the world in 2013 and 2016, followed by a gold medal at the International Wine Challenge in 2017, firmly establishing it as an icon of Uruguay’s emblematic grape.
Celebrity chef Francis Mallmann is famed for his creative use of the wood-fire cooking traditional in Uruguay, and the menus that he has developed as culinary director for Bodega Garzón’s sleek, modern restaurant revolve around this ancient technique. Top-quality seasonal, local produce is celebrated in a wide range of regional dishes given an innovative twist. Colinas de Garzón superb extra-virgin olive oils also feature. The expert sommelier can recommend wine pairings for each course, selected from the estates and other Alejandro Bulgheroni Family Vineyards around the globe. Floor-to-ceiling windows afford spectacular views of the surrounding vines and the hills beyond. A meal here is a memorable experience in every way.