A tribute to Uruguay’s natural bounty

Updated: March 17, 2016 11:31 AM

Bodega Garzón, an emergent family estate in the idyllic country of Uruguay, that produces limited-production premium wines from estate-grown, sustainably-farmed grapes, now has a new world-class winery and restaurant

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Bodega Garzón, an emergent family estate in the idyllic country of Uruguay, that produces limited-production premium wines from estate-grown, sustainably-farmed grapes, now has a new world-class winery and restaurant

20160331eh30Bodega Garzón, a boutique winery of international vintner Alejandro P Bulgheroni, and located in the idyllic countryside of Garzón, Uruguay, has announced the grand opening this March. The 205,000-square-feet winery – the first in the world seeking LEED certification for its entire facility – showcases estate-grown, limited-production premium wines crafted by influential winemaker and viticulturist Alberto Antonini and offers visitors an experience that highlights the best in South American hospitality. The winery’s completion represents a major milestone in Bulgheroni’s quest to elevate Bodega Garzón to world-class status and establish the winery as one of the leading South American producers of premium wines.

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Bodega Garzón is located near the southeastern coast of Uruguay, about 110 miles from the country’s capital, Montevideo, and only 11 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, in a region that is emerging as a leader in the production of Uruguay’s signature varietal, Tannat. Ideally located for travellers who want to explore Uruguay, Bodega Garzón is just 45 minutes away from the beach resort town of Punta del Este, also known as the Riviera of Uruguay because of its beautiful beaches and upscale resorts, restaurants and nightclubs. The nearby José Ignacio, a small village on the southern coast of Uruguay, draws artists, aristocrats and celebrities and has evolved into one of the choicest spots in Latin America.

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The property was acquired by Bulgheroni and his wife, Bettina in 1999. Together, they have transformed Garzón using the latest in technology along with modern agricultural and livestock developments, while remaining committed to sustainable agriculture and green energy. As the first to make wine in the Garzón region, they have made it a priority to preserve the pure, perfect land and wildlife that make the region so ideal. The extraordinary property now encompasses 500-acres of vineyards, a state-of-the-art winery and production facility, tasting room from which guests can savour panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, retail space, wine club, an open-fire restaurant, immaculate caves for barrel storage, tours, private dining, and events.

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“Since purchasing this property, it has been my vision to create terroir-inspired estate wines that reflect the land’s purity and embrace the spirit of the Uruguayan wine country and culture,” says Bulgheroni. “Our goal is for visitors and locals alike to discover this remarkable place and taste the passion that has gone into producing our wines and creating an unparalleled experience,” he adds.

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Setting new benchmarks for elegant design combined with modern technology, the stunning winery was conceived by acclaimed Argentina-based architects Bórmida & Yanzón, whose work includes O Fournier, Salentein, Bodega Vistalba, and The Vines Resort & Spa. All sustainable design within the architects’ programme were developed by Samconsult and its LEED-accredited professionals. The interiors were designed by California-based Backen Gillam & Kroeger Architects, whose other projects include The Napa Valley Reserve, Harlan Estate, Ovid, Dana Estates and Bond Estate Winery.

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“It has been a wonderful honour to bring to fruition the vision of Bulgheroni and the Bodega Garzón architectural team. Every aspect of Bodega Garzón was designed to pay homage to the extraordinary and unique beauty of the Garzón region of Uruguay, from embracing the natural contours of the land to showcasing the panoramic vistas. With the completion, the world is now invited to discover this very special place,” says Marcelo Fernandez, president of Kentisur S.A, the firm responsible for the estate’s construction.

The 120-seat restaurant at Bodega Garzón welcomes guests to dine in a large lounge area built around open-fire wood grills and surrounded by terraces. The restaurant is encompassed by expansive windows, providing guests with exquisite views of the vineyards, fields, brooks, mountain ranges, and wildlife. A private dining room with its own terrace offers visitors a more intimate experience. The menu features dishes that incorporate award-winning extra virgin olive oil from Colinas de Garzón. The restaurant’s menu is a reflection of traditional South American cuisine, utilising the traditional open-fire cooking method and fresh, local ingredients.

Unique in the region, Bodega Garzón is leading the charge in winemaking innovation, varietal experimentation, and sustainability. Although focused primarily on Tannat, Uruguay’s national grape, Bodega Garzón works with many other varietals and clones. It is one of the few producers of Albariño in the country.

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