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Why Visit Montevideo?

Montevideo is the understated capital of Uruguay, home to more than 1.3 million people and with more art-deco than any other city in the world, second only to New York. The city itself revolves around the Plaza de la Independencia and continues on to the Ciudad Vieja where old colonial homes and art deco buildings can be found. Those who are looking for history, rich culture and a mouthwatering steak to go with it, can certainly find it here.

But there’s more to Montevideo than its steakhouses, gorgeous beaches and sizzling nightlife, it is also home to some excellent wines. Some of the more long-standing wineries can be found here, however, due to the urbanisation of the city, more and more vineyards can be found just outside Montevideo, particularly in the heart of Canelones.

Canelones has become the reigning capital of wine production, with more than 60% of Uruguay’s wines coming from there. The soil from which the grape vines grow is rich with some calcareous soils, and it’s best known for its production of Uruguay’s infamous Tannat. Tannat is a grape variety that thrives in humid conditions and without fail results in the production of high-quality wines with fantastic colour, acidity and structure year after year. 

Book your vineyard holidays to Montevideo and Canelones to try what the country and region is most known for, as well as the many other grape varieties that grow there which include Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Biognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Albariño and more.

Plan Your Visit

Best Known Grapes

The best known grape to Montevideo and probably the whole of Uruguay is grown outside of the capital in a region called Canelones. Here you will find the very popular Tannat grape.

Best time to visit

Montevideo is great to visit all-year-round - it is delightfully warm in October to March and the beaches are a lot quieter than in the month of December. The best time to visit Montevideo is during the off-peak months of  March, April and May , and  September through to November for milder weather and fewer crowds. Enjoy the many events happening around Montevideo during this time as a lot of them are free of charge.
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How long to stay

If you would like to get a true feel of the city, we recommend staying 3-4 days in Montevideo. Visit the historical cafes, explore the art deco in the old city, dance the night away at the tango houses, eat at the many fabulous steakhouses, lounge on the gorgeous stretch of beach, and of course, book a wine tour to explore the best of Montevideo's wineries.  Head outside of the city to Canelones to explore some of the most scenic vineyards and sample the highest quality wines, including the outstanding Tannat wine, one of Uruguay's pride and joy, which pairs exquisitely with steak. 
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How to get there

The airport serving Montevideo is  Carrasco/General Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport or as known in Uruguay as Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco General Cesareo L. Berisso. It is the busiest and largest airport in the city located just north of Ciudad de la Costa in the Canelones department found about 18 km east of Montevideo.
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