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Rivera is one of the notable wine-growing regions of the north-east part of Uruguay. The name of the region comes from Jose Fructuoso Rivera, the country's first president in order to honour him. Rivera has a continental climate, and it is one of the hilliest wine regions in the country with the highest planted vineyards around 215 meters above sea level altitude. The region has dry seasons with ample sunshine and low year-round rainfall. It has only one significant wine-growing area called Cerro do Chapeu located right in the Brasilian border. The distinctive future that has this sub-area are the soils which are deeply red coloured sandy soils with very good drainage, keeping the water away from the roots of the vines. In that way, the vine goes deeper in the ground and gives birth to less but more concentrated in flavours grapes. The most planted grape varieties include Tannat, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Cerro do Chapeu has only one commercial winery which displays how small the production of the area is, but it is well prised. Rivera wine region is one of the most promising ones as the wineries gain momentum and keep strong positions on the international market.

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