By Alex Hunt MW | December 31 2009
Located in the Uruguayan coastal province of Maldonado, Bodega Garzón has a lot to offer visitors. Among the principal attractions is the resort city of Punta del Este, which is recognized worldwide for its beaches and fabulous energy during the summer season. The municipality of Garzón, meanwhile, including the idyllic and charming town of José Ignacio, offers a variety of choices, either at the beach or in the countryside, no matter the time of year.
One leisure option in the quaint town of Garzón is the traditional Hotel & Restaurante Garzón. Under development on the estate is an eco-luxe country hotel and lodge which will complement the existing beach resort, surrounded by Garzón’s vineyards, an 18-hole golf course, and the exclusive Garzón Private Club.
The team at Bodega Garzón invites visitors to discover the tourist programs developed around the winery, close to Punta del Este. The winery is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, while rolling hills also help to provide the backdrop for an original and emotional experience.
It’s a unique place, where the peaceful atmosphere, singular landscapes, and good taste combine to create an unforgettable experience only a few kilometers away from the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors are able to learn all about the history of Bodega Garzón, the region’s distinctive characteristics, and the process for creating products. They can taste extra virgin olive oils and premium wines, enjoy picnics surrounded by olive groves, take hot air balloon rides, and enjoy traditional wood-fire cooking by celebrity chef Francis Mallmann. Some may also want to join in the harvest (depending, of course, on the season) among other activities in this very special environment.
According to Christian Wylie, a visit to Bodega Garzón is the perfect opportunity for wine lovers to explore the vineyards, discovering exactly what makes a terroir special by observing the climate and ballast soil first hand. It’s also a chance to really get to know how wine is produced: the whole process from the harvest to the arrival of the grapes at the winery, to its careful maturation, ageing in barrels. The visitor will also have the chance to see the different stocks and blends—Tannat and Albariño—as well as learn how they are made.
At Bodega Garzón, visitors can enjoy a unique experience by touring the winery and learning more about the meticulous viticultural practices recommended by consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini. The visit starts with a panoramic view of the vineyards, after which visitors are taken inside the production facilities by a specialist guide where they will learn everything about the production process—the grape varieties used, the soil on which they are grown, the winemaking techniques. Along the way, they will be able to sample three of the varietal wines that they have witnessed being produced.
Bodega Garzón has always been dedicated to education, to enriching the experience for visitors, and to offering entertainment and happy memories. Its main goal is to bring consumers and products closer together. By involving them in the comprehensive production process, consumers feel like genuine participants—or players—in the work. It’s a way of making them feel part of Bodega Garzón’s achievements (including its many international awards), making for a thrilling, entirely novel experience laden with excitement.