This year marks a turning point for the wineries in Uruguay. According to the milling data recorded by the National Institute of Viticulture, 159 vineyards harvested 93.492.254 kilos of grapes, an almost 11 % increase from 2019. Experts say that the harvest was exceptional not only in quantity, but above all for its outstanding quality, which bodes especially well for a vintage TANNAT.
The Tannat grape strain originated from the Madiran Irouleguy areas of southwest France and was imported and established in Uruguay by the Spaniard Pascual Harriague in the middle of the 19th century. He established the conditions for making a great red wine from Tannat grapes and received international kudos and awards at the world exhibitions of Barcelona and Paris in 1888 and 1889. Harriague’s legacy of cultivation lives on and has put Uruguay on the world map of winemakers with TANNAT as its trademark.