Uruguay boasts diversity and quality to UK trade in annual tasting
Uruguay boasts diversity and quality to UK trade in annual tasting

Uruguay’s wineries and wine producers were out in full force in central London last week for their annual trade tasting.

With 18 wineries showcasing over 80 different wines, the tasting in Westminster, London, on 6th March was an unparalleled opportunity to taste the wines of Uruguay and over 100 members of the UK’s trade came to meet the producers.

Some of the esteemed trade guests included the sommeliers and buyers for Gordon Ramsey restaurants, Dinner at Heston Blumenthal, Annabel’s, Noble Rot, 67 Pall Mall and Fortnum & Mason. Journalists in attendance included South America Editor Ines Salpico of Decanter, Margaret Rand of The World of Fine Wine, Victoria Sharples of The Buyer and illustrious blogger Jamie Goode.

Amanda Barnes, wine writer and author of The South America Wine Guide, hosted two masterclasses during the day. “It is great to see the growing thirst for knowledge on Uruguayan wines in the UK market and we had great engagement from the trade in both masterclasses,” commented Barnes. “The wines of Uruguay continue to grow in quality and diversity, and the moment is ripe for Uruguay to gain more traction in the contemporary UK wine scene.”

Wineries in attendance included: Alto de la Ballena, Barras de Mahoma, Basta Spirit, Bouza, Brisas,  Cerro Chapeu, Cerro del Toro, Compañía Uruguaya de Vinos de Mar, De Lucca, Familia Deicas, Finca Las Violetas, Garzón, Gimenez Mendez, Montes Toscanini, Nakkal Wines, Pisano and Viña Progreso.