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Why Visit Maldonado?

Located in southeast Uruguay is the elegant and glitzy beach resort town of Punta del Este. The upscale resort city attracts wealthy Argentines and Brazilians who flock to the high-end restaurants, extravagant hotels and beautiful coastal shores. Celebrity spotting isn’t too hard to do here either. The aboundance of things to do in Punta del Este is sure to keep you entertained for days on end, like the extraordinary Conrad Hotel for example, (the only one in South America) famous for its casino.

But aside from the endless shops, galleries, gorgeous beaches and popular handicraft market, the relaxing resort town of Punta del Este is also an ideal place for wine lovers and foodies. Make Punta del Este your base and drive just an hour away to find the impressive Bodega Garzon. It opened in 2016 and boasts an amazing 220 hectares of vineyards. The winery is positioned atop a mountain range and is absolutely breathtaking. It grows about a dozen grape varieties with some of the favourites being Albariño, Cabernet Franc and, of course, Uruguay’s treasured Tannat. Foodies must flock to the Michelin-starred restaurant set up by executive chef Francis Mallman. The menu is phenomenal.

Wine holidays here are a must, especially if you’re in Uruguay, a country that produces around 20 million gallons of wine each year - which is nearly double the volume of Oregon’s winemakers. Maldonado is the newer wine region in Uruguay and offers the finest wines. One musn't come, then leave without trying their signature variety - Tannat.

Plan Your Visit

Best Known Grapes

Punta del Este is in the department of Maldonado and which has gorgeous wineries and vineyards. Some of the more popular grown grape varieties are Tannat, Merlot, Cabernet and Malbec for reds, and Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Semillon or Riesling for whites.
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Best time to visit

The best time to visit Punta del Este if you're looking for a less crowded and more relaxed environment, particularly when visiting the beaches or vineyards, is between October and December . During the summer months, Punta del Este can become very busy. The holiday period from mid-December to mid-January is very busy with crowds celebrating Christmas and New Years. Legally, anyone can go out and buy fireworks to set off without a license. February and March are also great months to visit the vineyards.  
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How long to stay

We recommend staying in Punta del Este for 2 days , visit Playa Mansa and Punta Ballena, see the infamous ceramic hand-sculpted human fingers emerging from the sand by Mario Irarrázabal at Brava Beach. For the evening why not book at  Jose Ignacio Sunset Wine Experience sure to give wine lovers everywhere an unforgettable evening tasting gorgeous wines on the terrace whilst watching one of the most beautiful sunsets in all of Latin America in Jose Ignacio at Playa Vik. You will experience Uruguay authentically, meeting and connecting with locals and sipping on a glass of wine by the infamous Infinity pool. Spend the following day visiting at Bodega Garzon, drinking award-winning wines and stellar quality food at the Michelin-starred restaurant.  
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How to get there

The airport serving Punta del Este is Carlos A. Curbelo de Laguna del Sauce , an international airport located just 14 km northwest of Maldonado. Many arrive in Punta del Este via bus from the capital, Montevideo. This trip is around two and half hours long.  
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