I’d be amiss not to start this list with my fatherland. Uruguay is an up-and-comer on the global wine scene. In the ocean-side state of Maldonado, maritime wines reign, and some have global recognition. Bodega Garzón was awarded “Best Winery in the New World” from the Wine Star Awards in 2018. The winery is the first outside of North America to have LEED certification and offers tours and tastings.
I’m partial to some of the smaller wineries such as Bodega Eden and my favorite, Bodega Oceánica José Ignacio. Both offer tasting, tours, and incredible views. Bodega Oceánica José Ignacio’s oceanic wines are young and crisp and feature Uruguay’s most popular grapes—Pinot Rosé, Albariño, and Tannat. The winery is unique as it’s also an olive tree grove so demonstrations include the olive oil-making process and tastings feature O’33 extra virgin oils.