31° 43' 14.46" S


55° 59' 9.56" W




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

The Tacuarembó sub-region, nestled in Uruguay's North wine region, has an unique environment that influences the viticulture in the region. Characterized by a humid subtropical climate, Tacuarembó enjoys a moderate rainfall throughout the year, with mild to cool winters and warm summers. This climate supports a wide range of agricultural activities, including the cultivation of wine grapes.

The soils in this sub-region are varied, although the predominant soils are alluvial clays, silts, sands mixed with some gravel, and underlying limestone in some areas. These soils offer excellent drainage and are very fertile, allowing them to support robust vine growth, essential for high-quality winemaking. The limestone soils have a special concentration of minerals, benefitial to obtain grapes that produce wines with character.

Among the grape varieties cultivated here, Isabella, Tannat, and Chardonnay are the most prominent. Each variety benefits from the region's rich soils and distinctive climate conditions. According to a 2023 report by INAVI, Tacuarembó producers harvested 29.01 tons of grapes, which accounted for a mere 0.04% of the total grape harvest in Uruguay. This highlights the small yet significant contribution to the country's viticulture of this wine region, that is set to become a hot spot for viticulture in the next years.


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The Tacuarembó sub-region has a rich and diverse landscape, full of natural beauty. Sharing this wine region with its neighbor, the Rivera wine region, this sub-region of South America offers a unique terroir characterized by a great geographical diversity, that contribute to its unique viticultural identity.

The region's topography is compose by a blend of rolling hills and broad valleys, something that provides an ideal background for vine cultivation. These undulating hills not only contribute to the scenic beauty of the area: they also play a key role for the health of the vines, providing natural grainage and good sunlight exposure. The great amount of sunlinght that the vineyards receive is key for the ripening process of the grapes, allowing them to develop more intense flavors.

The soil composition within Tacuarembó is very heterogeneous, ranging from rich loamy soils to more stony and mineral-rich areas. This diversity allows for the cultivation of different grape varieties, each adapting to this unique environmentand contributing to the unique wines of Tacuarembó.

Another key feature of the region are the rivers and streams that cross Tacuarembo. They not only add to the beauty of the landscape, but also they influence the climate, moderating the temperatures during the hottest months, and provide natural irrigation for the grapes, something that its key for sustainable winemaking projects.

Tacuarembó's natural setting is further enriched by its native flora and fauna, which contribute to the  diversity and balance of the region. The presence of native bushes and trees around the vineyards can have a subtle impact on the grapevines, contributing to the terroir-driven characteristics of the wines.

In summary, the Tacuarembó sub-region is a viticultural area where the beauty of the landscape blends harmoniously with viticulture, creating wines that are as diverse as the terrain they come from.

The climate of the Tacuarembó sub-region in Uruguay is characterized by a humid subtropical climate without a dry season. The region experiences a wide range of temperatures throughout the year, with hot summers and mild to cool winters. Average highest temperatures are usually around 87°F (30.6°C), and can drop to low values of around 44°F (6.7°C) during the coldest months. The average  temperature throught the year is arround 65°F (18.3°C).

Rainfall is well distributed  throughout the year, although it usually increases during the spring months, especially in April, the wettest month. The average annual precipitation is about 4.54 inches per month (116 mm). The region also sees variations in humidity, with more humid conditions during the cooler months.

Wind patterns in Tacuarembó are generally moderate but can vary, with some months experiencing slightly higher wind speeds which contribute to the region's climate dynamics.

Overall, the climate in Tacuarembó supports a wide range of agricultural activities, including viticulture, due to its mild temperatures and consistent rainfall, making it suitable for growing diverse grape varieties that thrive in these conditions​​​​​​​​.

The Tacuarembó sub-region is characterized by a wide range of soil types that are key for viticulture within the region:

  1. Alluvial Soils: These soils are mostly found along the riverbanks and low-lying areas where water flow has deposited silt, clay, sand, and gravel over time. Alluvial soils are typically fertile and well-draining, making them perfect for viticulture. Their ability to retain moisture  supports a healthy vine growth during the dry periods.
  2. Clay Soils: Clay is prevalent in many parts of the Tacuarembó region. These soils are known for their water retention capacity and for being rich in nutrients, which can be beneficial for grapevines, especially in  hot and dry climate. However, they also have challenges, such as poor drainage and compaction, requiring careful vineyard management to ensure a healthy growth for the vines.
  3. Limestone Soils: These soils, predominant in different areas of Tacuarembó,  contribute with a slight minerality in the grapes grown in this region. These soils are less fertile than alluvial and clay soils, something that can stress the vines enough to enhance the complexity and concentration of the flavors in the grapes.

These soil types contribute to the unique terroir of the Tacuarembó sub-region, influencing the growth of grapevines and the quality and characteristics of the wines produced.


In the Tacuarembó sub-region of Uruguay thrive different grape varieties, suited to the unique environment of the region. In Tacuarembó. the Isabella, Tannat, and Chardonnay grapes are among the most predominant varieties, and are key for the wines produced in the region.

  1. Isabella: Isabella is a red grape that thrives in the cooler and humid areas of Tacuarembó. This grape, that is the most planted in Tacuarembó, requires a climate with moderate temperatures and rainfall, which helps to sustain its growth throughout the year. Its robustness allows it to resist many of the common vine diseases, making it a very popular choice for growers in regions with high humidity. Regarding the soils, Isabella can thrive in a wide range, such as the well-drained aluvial soils that predominate in different areas of Tacuarembó.
  2. Tannat: The Tannat red grape thrives in areas with hot summers and cold winters, such as some areas of Tacuarembó. This grape has a thick skin, and requires ample sunlight to complete its maturation cycle and reach its full aromatic and flavor potential.  For this reason, the bright summers of Tacuarembó provide the perfect environment for the development of Tannat.  Regarding the soils, Tannat vines prefer deep, well-drained soils with good moisture retention, but also with good drainage. This allows the grapes to be hydrated during the hottest periods, while avoiding waterlogging that could cause vine diseases.
  3. Chardonnay:  Chardonnay is a versatile white grape, that adapts well to the diverse climates of Tacuarembó, although it thrives in the cooler areas of the region that have less temperature variation. Chardonnay prefers mild climates with consistent moisture,while regarding soils thrives in well-drained soils with great fertility. Chardonnay requires careful vineyard management to maintain the balance of nutrients, something that is key to produce high-quality grapes.

Each of these grapes, coupled with other grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc or Pinot Noir, contribute to the viticultural diversity of Tacuarembó, showcasing the wine making potential of this new world sub-region.

The Tacuarembó wine sub-region is slowly making a mark in the Uruguayan wine industry, that to its signature wines, that captures the essence of the unique terroir of Tacuarembó. The most common wines produced within the region are  Isabella, Tannat, and Chardonnay, each with unique aromatic and flavor profiles.

  1. Isabella Wine: Isabella,  a light-bodied wine, is celebrated for its strong fruity aromas,  with fresh strawberry notes dominating its bouquet, although although sometimes it may show a slight foxy note (musky aromas usually associated with Vitis Labrusca grapes). This wine often shows a pleasant sweetness in the mouth, and its also very refreshing. The straightforward finish makes it a great choice not only to drink it on its own, but also to pair it with not so complex hearty meals.
  2. Tannat Wine: Tannat wines from Tacuarembó are known for their great structure and deep red color. These red wines usually show intense aromatic profiles, with predominance of dark fruit notes like blackberries and plums. In the palate, this wine has a great intensity, showing strong tannins that soften with age. The complexity and boldness of this wine make it a great choice for those who are looking for more upfront flavors, and pairs amazingly with red meats and rich dishes.
  3. Chardonnay Wine: Chardonnay wines of Tacuarembó can vary widely depending on the vinification process, but they typically show a wide range of aromas, that can go from fresh citrus and green apple to more complex notes of vanilla and coconut when oaked. In the mouth, this wine is smooth and well-balanced, with a good acidity that leads to a crisp finish. The versatility of Chardonnay makes it a popular choice both for new wine drinkers and connoisseurs alike, and allows to pair it with a wide range of foods, such as light salads of sea food.

Each of these wines, as well as other styles like Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir, showcase the diversity and the great winemaking potential of the Tacuarembó sub-region, an emerging wine area of South America.