We have some wine folk that have become living legends in Uruguay. Their experience, their charisma and their contribution to the wine industry has left a deep impression among their peers and the new generation. In this first Legends Series, we want to introduce you to five of our living legends in Uruguayan wine.
Meet Daniel Pisano - one of the three Pisano brothers who are the fourth generation of the Pisano family to make wine in Progreso, Canelones. His brother Gustavo and Eduardo take care of the winemaking and vineyards respectively and Daniel, who was always the ‘talker’ of the family, leads the sales and exports. Born with the gift of the gab, Daniel has opened Pisano and the wines of Uruguay up to far-reaching wine markets around the world - including Antarctica!
Reinaldo De Lucca
The poet laureate of Uruguayan wine, De Lucca is one of the most respected winemakers in Uruguay and is nothing short of romantic when he talks about his lifetime of experience with his old vines in El Colorado in Canelones. His family came to Uruguay from Italy but De Lucca’s alma mater was the University of Montpellier in France. As a third generation winemaker in Uruguay, he has also inherited great knowledge from his own land - which he is now passing onto his daughter Agostina who has joined him in the family vineyard and winery.
A ninth generation winemaker, Francisco Carrau has wine in his blood. He’s also got Tannat in his blood, and Francisco has been responsible for major scientific research which has resulted in some of the greatest advances in the winemaking of Tannat as well as its viticulture. Today Francisco spends most of his time in the northeastern corner of Uruguay in Cerro Chapeu, where the family have a pioneering vineyard and a gravity fed winery in this unique terrain.
Considered one of the great gentlemen of Uruguayan wine, Javier’s chivalry has made him renowned in many international wine markets as he tirelessly travels to spread the word of Uruguayan wine and his family’s long history in winemaking. Making fine wines since 1752, the Carrau family have a long heritage in the wine world which started in Catalonia, Spain. The winds and seas brought the shipping family to Uruguay, where Javier and his family, now in the ninth generation of vignerons, continue the family tradition today in Montevideo.
Eduardo Boido is one of the most prolific winemakers in Uruguay today and is at the helm of one of the leading wineries, Bodega Bouza. Born in the cradle of Uruguayan wine in Canelones, Eduardo was destined to become a winemaker from a young age and today shares his experience as an esteemed professor too. However where Eduardo has made some of the greatest contributions in the Uruguayan wine industry is in the winery and vineyard - with a string of impressive awards under his belt, Eduardo also made the country’s first Albariño wine and has pioneered the new viticulture regions of Pan de Azucar with the Bouza family.
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