Uruguay wineries just went tastevin-to-tastevin with forty of the world’s best known wine-producing countries at Vinalies Internationales 2014 and brought home fourteen gold and silver medals.

The tiny South American country that perfected the art of Tannat received four gold medals for Tannat wines and ten silver medals for Tannats, Tannat blends and Viognier wines.

The Vinalies Internationales is considered an international proving ground of sorts considering it is the only OIV (Organisation Internationale de la Vigne) event where the number of foreign wine entrants outnumber the wines from the host country. Of the 3,503 wines judged this year, 1,578 were French and 1,925 were from other countries.

Uruguay’s four gold medal winners were Artesana’s Tannat Zinfandel Merlot 2011, Remanso Forestado’s Brujula Loca Tannat Merlot 2012, Bertolini & Broglio’s Tannat Exotic 2013 and H. Stagnari’s Amaneceres de Dayman Tannat Petit Verdot 2011.

Uruguay’s ten silver medal winners were Agroland’s Garzon Viognier 2013 and Tannat 2012, Irurtia’s Tannat Reserva 2011, Varela Zarranz’s Tannat Reserva 2011, Bouza’s Tannat A6 Parcela Unica 2011, Bertolini & Broglio’s Tannat Exotic Sensa Madera 2013 and H. Stagnari’s Gran Cuadra Tannat Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Tannat Viejo 2011, Tannat Viejo 2012 and Tannat Premier 2013. (Full Story in Spanish)

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