How This Winery Put Uruguay On The Map
Nestled in the heart of South America, tucked between Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay is a country rich in beauty, culture and gastronomy. A bit off the beaten path, it also remains shrouded in mystery for most tourists outside of Latin America. With the recent launch of state-of-the-art winery Bodega Garzón however, Argentine billionaire Alejandro P. Bulgheroni has put Uruguay on the map, creating even more reasons to visit this secluded land of onetime obscurity.
The first time Bulgheroni ventured into Uruguay’s Garzón region, he “felt the magic of the land.” He purchased 10,000 acres and hasn’t looked back since. Just over 100 miles outside of Uruguay’s capitol city of Montevideo, Garzón consists of a verdant, rolling landscape with terroir similar to that of Tuscany. Convinced the soil had ideal conditions to grow grapes, Bulgheroni tapped Italian winemaker Alberto Antonini to come on board, bringing his vision for Bodega Garzón to life. More than 10 years - and one-hundred million dollars later - the stunning winery is boosting year-round tourism for the entire country.
The first winery in the world seeking LEED certification for its entire facility, Bodega Garzón is a leader in sustainability and design. Hidden among acres of lush, green vineyards, the exterior is grand, with clean, contemporary lines, glass, stone and landscaping that is oriented to enhance biodiversity. The thoughtful architecture incorporated pre-existing rock formations into the modern design, which adds interesting juxtapositions throughout the winery. Emanating five-star luxury, Bodega Garzón’s brand of warm Latin hospitality is without pretension. The winery welcomes visitors for tours, private meals, events, and, most importantly, the opportunity to taste elegantly constructed wines at very reasonable price points.