Bodegas Bouza is a family owned winery in Melilla, not far from Montevideo in Uruguay. The climate of the region bears similarities to Bordeaux and the proximity of the Atlantic where the mouth of the River Plate yawns is excellent for the growing of grapes. They own two vineyards where they grow albariño, chardonnay, merlot, tempranillo and the signature grape of Uruguay, tannat. The winery, built in 1942 but refurbished and extended in 2002, has a wonderful Spanish mission look about it with an extremely modern extension that houses up-to-date stainless-steel tanks and illustrates just how serious the family are about making fine wines.
The grapes are harvested by hand and sorted on arrival at the vineyard, berry by berry, following destemming. Fermentation takes place in various vessels before going into French and American oak barrels for six to 18 months, the length of time each wine will age depending on the cuvée. The wines are not filtered and mature in bottle before release, again for six to 18 months. Everything is done gently, with the intention of expressing the character of the fruit and terroir of the vineyards.