The Gem of Uruguay
A family-run winery on the outskirts of Montevideo, Bouza focuses on producing high-end wines on a small scale. By being loyal to the terroir, honest with each vintage, and careful in the winery, the Bouza family has managed to produce distinguished wines recognized for their high quality and individuality, both nationally and internationally.
The Bouza family entered the world of wine in 1999, with the purchase of a 35-year-old vineyard in Las Violetas, Canelones. Together with Eduardo Boido, the winemaker, they set out a very clear objective: nothing but the highest quality. In the beginning, without a physical winery, they made their first few vintages at their colleagues’ wineries. By 2001, they found a beautiful property in Montevideo, just 15 miles (24km) away from the vineyard in Las Violetas. They restored the old winery and planted new vineyards, unveiling the magnificent landscape of a wonderful estate that had been abandoned for many years. The tiny size of the winery fit perfectly with their plans: small production, high quality. Only about 140,000 bottles are produced at Bouza each year.
Five grape varieties are grown in these two vineyards in the south of Uruguay: Albariño, Chardonnay, Merlot, Tempranillo, and the country’s signature grape, Tannat. Albariño and Tempranillo, both Spanish grapes, have been planted due to the Bouza family’s love of their motherland.
In the spring of 2010, seduced by the beauty of the site and encouraged by their belief in its great potential for vine growing, the Bouzas started to plant vineyards in Pan de Azúcar, in the east of the country.
Very close to the sea, in front of the Cerro Pan de Azúcar, the vineyard benefits from a great maritime influence. The bedrock that formed the soil over which the vineyard is planted is a rock related to granite, syenite, characteristic of Sierra de las Ánimas hill range. Syenite is a rare rock, making it a peculiarity of this terroir. The varieties in this vineyard are Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Tannat, comprising approximately 7.5ha (18.5 acres).
Besides tasting wines of outstanding quality, Bouza also offers visitors the possibility of taking a wine tour and experiencing firsthand the astonishing landscape that is just 15 minutes away from Montevideo port.
At the winery, guests can dine at a wine-focused restaurant that offers gourmet cuisine. Visitors will be guided by the sommelier through a range of wines, varieties, and vintages to be matched with delicious food.
Nature lovers can walk through the vineyards and vegetable garden admiring native and exotic flora while they spot birds, otters, and lambs on the property.
Car and motorcycle enthusiasts can travel through history admiring the vintage car museum with more than 30 perfectly restored vehicles—both four wheeled and two—from the 1920s on. Always working and developing something new at the estate, the family is also currently restoring an English railroad wagon from 1929 in the garden beside the winery.
Camino de la Rendicion 7658 Bis, Montevideo email@example.com
+598 2323 4030 | +598 95 400 030 www.bodegabouza.com