AT A GLANCE:
Name of wine estate: Bodega Bouza
Wine region: Montevideo/Canelones
Standout points: Improbably large collection of classic cars; top-drawer Tannat
Winemaker: Eduardo Boido
Wine style: Cool-climate New World wines, focusing on Tannat
A tale of Tannat
Since 1999, when they purchased a 35-year-old vineyard in Las Violetas, Canelones, the Bouza family had a very clear objective: to make authentic Uruguayan wines of the highest possible quality. Now with a charming, small-scale winery on the outskirts of Montevideo city, with pioneering winemaker Eduardo Boido overseeing operations in the cellar (among other claims to fame, Eduardo made Uruguay’s first Albariño), Bouza has become synonymous with some of the finest examples of Uruguay’s native red grape Tannat.
Besides making cool-climate coastal wines of outstanding quality, Bouza also offers a memorable tour experience in a place of rural tranquility just 15 minutes’ drive from Montevideo. Tours of the family’s La Redención, Las Violetas, Pan de Azúcar, and Las Espinas vineyards, and château-style winery offer a glimpse into workings of one of Uruguay’s most critically-acclaimed wine producers. Guests also have the chance to taste through the fantastic range – Bouza also makes fine expressions of Tempranillo, Merlot, Chardonnay, and, in a nod to the origins of owners Elisa and Juan in Galicia, Albariño – with delicious food pairings at the on-site restaurant. Enjoy artisanal cheese and milk from local Melilla producers as well as vegetables from the estate garden. For diners with a substantial appetite, the Bouza beef in Tannat sauce is highly recommended.
Wines with drive
Experience a wine tasting with a difference at the Bouza Vinos Garage – while surveying Juan Bouza’s own collection of more than 30 perfectly restored 1920s cars and motorcycles. From T-Model Fords to Messerschmitt three-wheelers, these eye-catching classics can be admired while enjoying tapas and a range of tailored tastings from the growing Bouza range. Appreciate also the 1929 English railroad wagon under restoration in the garden right next to the winery.