Litoral Norte (North Litoral)

Litoral Norte (North Litoral)

30°24'0" S


56°28'0.01" W




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about this region

It extends along the northern end of the Uruguay River, covering the departments of Artigas, Paysandú and Salto.

According to statistics provided by INAVI, in 2022, the region had 30 vineyards. The department with the most vineyards was Paysandú, with 17 vineyards distributed over 108 hectares. On the other hand, the department with the fewest vineyards was Artigas, with only one vineyard covering 2 hectares.


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Discover Terroir

The North Litoral wine region extends along the northern end of the Uruguay River, and emcompasses the departments of Artigas, Paysandú and Salto

Litoral Norte enjoys a temperate climate. This is due to the influence of the Uruguay River, which acts as a temperature moderator. 

The soils in the Litoral Norte wine region are characterized by good depth and are composed of sandstone, while the lower layer is basalt.


Most Planted Red Grapes Varieties: Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon

Most Planted White Grapes Varieties: Ugni Blanc

The signature wines of the region are Tannat and Ugni Blanc

In the case of Tannat, it is the most popular red wine in Uruguay, and is consumed mainly as a single varietal. While the younger examples have an intense violet color, with marked tannins and a fruitier aromatic profile, this type of wine also ages very well. Thus, it is possible to achieve wines with softer tannins, and much more elegant.

On the other hand, Ugni Blanc wines are very productive not only because the grapes have a high yield, but also because they have a flavor and aroma profile very reminiscent of lemon or grapefruit. In addition, their moderate to high acidity level makes Ugni Blanc wines very refreshing.


50 - 60 m


1000 - 1500 mm


Soils with good depth, mainly composed of sandstone and with a lower layer of basalt.

top varietal

Tannat and Ugni Blanc

History of wine

The Northern Litoral has a very interesting history of wine production. It all began at the end of the 19th century, when the family of the French-basque Pascual Harriague settled in what is now known as the region of San Antonio Chico, in Salto. There, Harriague introduced the first varieties of what today is one of the key varieties for wine production in Uruguay: Tannat. 

However, in 1898 the phylloxera plague hit Uruguay's wine industry hard, and of course the Litoral Norte region was no exception. However, after years of hard work, the region managed to recover thanks to the introduction of American varieties resistant to phylloxera. This allowed the region to continue to develop to this day, always with the Tannat variety as its flagship, but also with other varieties very present, such as the Merlot grape, which in 2021 in Paysandú represented 2.1% of the total cultivated area in Uruguay.


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