The Tannat we tasted came from Establecimiento Juanicó one of the largest and most successful wineries in Uruguay and one with a colorful history.
Located in the Canelones District in the Center of the Southern part of Uruguay, this region represents 60% of Uruguay’s wine production. The region has a variety of soils and a gently rolling landscape.
The winery began in 1755, but it was not until Juan Francisco Juanicó took the reins and invested in the first of its type underground cellar that the winery became well known. The Juanicó family controlled the winery until it was purchased in 1945. ANCAP, who purchased it is a state-owned company in Uruguay that is involved in petroleum products, cement, and alcohol, they began making Cognac under license from the French.
In 1979 Familia Deicas purchased the estate, and today Santiago Deicas manages the winery. He is the 3rd generation of his family involved in the winery. (I will be attending a live interview with him and look forward to bringing you more insights on the winery and some of the other Establecimiento Juanico wines)
They work with organic principles to reduce human intervention during the growing season, but come harvest it is all hands on deck as they handpick each bunch.