Bodega Bouza


“Max­i­mum at­ten­tion to the grapes… min­i­mum in­ter­ven­tion in the win­ery… wines with great per­son­al­ity…”

W ith ori­gins in the food in­dus­try, the Bouza fam­ily turned to wine pro­duc­tion in the late 1990s be­cause of their love of the land and its prod­ucts. Juan and Elisa Bouza joined forces with Uruguayan wine­maker Ed­uardo Boido to plan this pro­ject and con­cen­trate on mak­ing high-end wines. To achieve this ob­jec­tive, they have kept a small scale of pro­duc­tion, which al­lows them to pay max­i­mum at­ten­tion to the grapes in each of their vine­yards. And with min­i­mum in­ter­ven­tion in the win­ery, they get in­di­vid­ual and com­plex wines that re­flect the char­ac­ter­is­tics of each vin­tage and ter­roir.

The sea­sons of the year are well de­fined in Uruguay and the vine­yards are in­flu­enced by their prox­im­ity to the At­lantic Ocean. But cli­mate is hard to pre­dict and abrupt changes in the weather mean that the team in charge of the Bouza vine­yards have to pay close at­ten­tion to the vines, look­ing af­ter them with love, ded­i­ca­tion and in­tel­li­gence. It’s hard work, but the re­wards are im­mense since the re­sult is wines with great per­son­al­ity, sur­pris­ing in their qual­ity, year af­ter year.

The Bouza pro­ject be­gan with vine­yards in the south of Uruguay, a very tra­di­tional vine grow­ing re­gion, and more re­cently, vine­yards have also been planted in the east, a new emerg­ing area for grape pro­duc­tion.

In the south, Bouza grow Al­bar­iño, Chardon­nay, Mer­lot, Tem­pranillo and of course Tan­nat, the main grape in Uruguay. Al­bar­iño and Tem­pranillo were cho­sen be­cause of the Span­ish roots of the fam­ily. In fact, Bouza are pioneers in plant­ing Al­bar­iño in Uruguay, get­ting great re­sults which have en­cour­aged other pro­duc­ers to fol­low on with this Span­ish grape.

In the east, where the vine­yards ben­e­fit even more from the mar­itime in­flu­ence of the near-by At­lantic Ocean, Bouza have se­lected Ries­ling, Chardon­nay, Pinot Noir, Mer­lot and Tan­nat. Per­haps their suc­cess with Ries­ling will en­cour­age other pro­duc­ers to fol­low suit too?

Ries­ling vine­yard in Pan de Azú­car, Mal­don­ado

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