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Discover the Durazno wine sub-region of Uruguay, with Vinerra!

The Durazno wine subregion, nestled within Uruguay's expansive North wine region, is one of the emerging wine gems within South America. Nestled along other regions like Florida and Lavalleja, this region is set to make a name for itself within the next years, thanks to the unique wines crafted here.

Characterized by a temperate climate, this region benefits from a moderate amount of rainfall through the year and mild winters,something that makes it ideal for grape cultivation. The area also has an unique soil composition, where it predominates fine sandstone with a silty-clayey matrix enriched with minerals like quartz and plagioclase.

Within this region, are cultivated a wide range of grapes, that adapts to the unique climate of this region. The key grape varieties within this regions are Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Marselan and Sauvignon Blanc.

Although Durazno is not yet a big player with the Uruguayan wine industry, undoubtedly viticulture is slowly taking a more relevant role for the economy of this region. For instance, according to an INAVI report of 2023, local producers harvested 147 tons of grapes, which represented 0.2% of the grapes harvested in the whole country.


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The Durazno wine sub-region, located in the heart of Uruguay, shares the Central wine region with the Florida and Lavalleja wine sub-regions. This area is renowned for its  rich terroir, which plays a key role for viticulture. The Durazno region unfolds across a terrain dominated by gentle rolling hills and expansive fertile plains, something that is very conducive for viticulture.

The soil in Durazno is predominantly composed of fine sandtone, a characteristic that favors the growth of robust grapes with intense flavors. This type of soil not only provides excellent drainage but also has excellent moisture retention and is rich in nutrients, conditions that are  essential for the vines during the warmer months. The region’s topography allows for moderate temperatures with slight variations between day and night , something that helps the grapes to achieve optimal levels of ripeness.

The climate of Durazno varies between temperate and warm, with mild winters and warm summers with many hours of sunshine. This climate ensures an extended growing season for the grapes, longer than the one of Florida or Lavalleja. This extended season is key for developing grapes with complexity and depth of flavors, something especially valuable for red grapes. 

The natural beauty of Durazno, with its undulating vistas and lush vegetation, not only makes it an emerging wine gem,  but also a magnet for tourists and wine enthusiasts. The natural landscapes not only provide a breathtaking background, but also influence the microclimates that affect the growth of the vines and the character of the wines from Durazno.

The climate of the Durazno wine sub-region is characterized by its warm temperatures, as well as for its variations in precipitation between seasons, that play a key role for vine growth. This region has a temperate climate,  with a great variation between the seasons, something that is conducive for the cultivation of different red and white grapes.

During the summer months, Durazno often has higher temperatures that accelerate the ripening process of the grapes, something that benefits grapes that thrive in warm conditions. During the warmer months, temperatures can reach as high as 28°C, providing ideal conditions for the maturation of the grapes

The winters in Durazno, on the other hand, are usually mild, with temperatures rarely dropping to below zero. This mild winter climate prevents frosts, which can be detrimental to the vines, particularly during the budding phase in early spring.

Regarding precipitation, the region receives a moderate amount of rainfall that is well distributed throughout the year, with slight increases during the spring and autumn months. This rainfall pattern helps to maintain the moisture in the soil, without the need for excessive additional irrigation, something beneficial for dry farming and sustainable viticulture projects.

The Durazno wine subregion  is characterized by a great diversity of soil types, that havea great influence in the grapes and wines produced within the region:

  1. Fine Sandstone with Silty-Clayey Matrix: This soil type is composed of fine sandstone mixed with a silty-clay matrix. For this reason, t provides excellent drainage while retaining enough moisture, very beneficial for grapevines during dry months.
  2. Kaolinite-Dominant Clay: In some areas, the soil has a higher content of kaolinite clay. This type of soil is less fertile, something that can stress the vines but also alllows to obtain higher-quality grapes, with more concentrated flavors.
  3. Quartz and Plagioclase Soils: These soils, rich in quartz and plagioclase minerals, provide a unique mineral profile that is translated into wines with a more complex flavor profile.


The Durazno wine sub-region, located in the Uruguay wine country, produces a wide range of grapes, each suited to the unique climate of this sub-region. Next, we'll explore the climatic requirements of the key grape varieties in this wine region of South America: Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Marselan, Verdejo, and Sauvignon Blanc.

  1. Cabernet Sauvignon: This grape is known for its thick skin and robustness, making it perfect for the cooler areas within Durazno. This red grape requires a longer growing season to reach full maturity and develop its organoleptic characteristics. For this reason, it benefits from soils with great drainage and an environment without excessive moisture, something that could lead to diseases like vine root.
  2. Tannat: Originally from the Basque country, Tannat has found a second home in Uruguay, and it's the most planted grape in Durazno. It thrives in soils with good drainage, and has a great adaptability to variations in the climate through the year. Despite this, it prefers warmer temperatures that allow Tannat to develop higher levels of natural sugar and stronger tannins. On the other hand, the great amount of sunshine, coupled with the moderate rainfall of Durazno , help Tannat to achieve a balance between sugar content and acidity.
  3. Marselan: Marselan. a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache, combines the robustness of Cabernet Sauvignon with the adaptability of Grenache. This allows Marselan to thrive in the variable climate of Durazno through the year. This grape develops better in a moderate climate, with warm, sunny days and cool nights that allow the grape to concentrate higher levels of acidity and sugar, while avoiding overripening.
  4. Verdejo: Verdejo, although more associated with the Rueda wine region of Spain, also adapts well to the higher areas of Durazno, with cooler nights. This grape requires a long growing season to develop intense aromas, and thrives in sandy soils with good heat retention capacity, something that provides a slower ripening cycle to the grapes, that enhances the grape’s natural flavors.
  5. Sauvignon Blanc: Sauvignon Blanc is a white grape that adapts well to the cooler areas of Durazno, although it thrives with moderate temperatures and many hours of sunshine during the growing season. The warm days and cooler nights of Durazno help to maintain the natural acidity of Sauvignon Blanc, something that is key to producing fresh white wines from this grape. Regarding the soils, Sauvignon Blanc grows best in soils with good drainage that helps to avoid waterlogging and root diseases.

Each of these grape varieties, coupled with less planted grapes such as Pinot Noir or Cabernet Franc, contributes to the diverse and rich viticultural landscape of the Durazno wine sub-region, showing the great potential of this new world region.

The Durazno wine sub-region produces a wide range of wines, each showcasing unique aromatic and flavor profiles that reflect the area's distinctive terroir. The most popular wines from this region are Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Marselan, Verdejo, and Sauvignon Blanc.

  1. Cabernet Sauvignon: Wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon usually show a robust profile, with rich aromas of blackcurrant and cedarwood, coupled with subtle notes of adrk chocolate. On the palate, these wines are deep and complex, often showing notes of black cherry, tobacco, and sometimes a hint of graphite. This wine has structured tannins and a long finish, which make it very appreciated for wine lovers.
  2. Tannat: Tannat wine from this area has bold aromas and a great intensity in the mouth. In the nose, it shows marked dark red fruit notes, such as blackberry and plum usually coupled with dried fruit notes, while in the palate it has a rich structure with strong tannins typical of the varietal. The flavor profile often shows earthy undertones complemented with spicy notes, something that makes this wine perfect for those looking for a full-bodied wine with a complex profile.
  3. Marselan: Marselan wines are renowned for their vibrant and fruity character. These red wines typically show aromas of red fruits like raspberries and black currants, coupled with subtle spicy and herbal notes. On the palate, these wines are medium-bodied, and have a great balance between fruitiness and acidity, making them very approachable and versatile for pairing with different dishes.
  4. Verdejo: The Verdejo wines from Durazno are light and refreshing, with a crisp acidity that makes this wine perfect to drink during the summer days. They often show delicate floral aromas mixed with subtle citrus and green apple notes. The flavor profile is usually bright and zesty, with a mineral hint that leads to a clean and sharp finish.
  5. Sauvignon Blanc: Sauvignon Blanc from this region stands out for its freshness and intense aromas, showing in the nose fragrant citrus, green apple, and tropical fruits notes. The flavors make this wine very lively, with notes of lime and melon coupled with fresh herbal notes, thanks to the cool climate of the region. This wine is very appreciated for its refreshing acidity, as well as for its short finish that makes Sauvignon Blanc a great drinkability.

Each of these wines from the Durazno sub-region represents the unique climatic conditions and the techniques of the local producers, providing wine lovers with unique experiences.