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Canelones

Canelones is the most notable and the largest wine-growing region in the central-south part of Uruguay. Most of the plantings are found around the two towns Juanico and Progreso playing a role as the epicentre of the Uruguayan wine industry. The wine history of the region goes back to the early 19th century when wine pioneers have planted wines from brought from Europe. The region consists mostly of flat land, gently rolling landscape that includes farmland and beaches. Canelones has a wide variety of soils, rich and dense, among which stand out some that include 600 million old pink granite, found only in this area. The temperatures are moderate, both in summer when they go down at night, and in winter, which is not too cold, and the region has an abundance of good quality water due to the presence of several rivers around. An indisputable big part of the vineyards is planted only with Tannat which is the signature grape of the country. The other grapes that are present in Canelones include Pinot Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The region is already well-known for its great expressions of the Tannat grape variety and also surprises the international wine market with great Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, and it is gaining steadily more fans around the globe.

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