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Uruguay

With a similar climate to Bordeaux, Uruguay has the potential to produce decent wines. However, its annual production is less than New Zealand’s.

The most common grape grown is Tannat, which is used to produce a variety of styles (including roses and fortified wines) but is most commonly made into full-bodied, but velvety, red wines – ready to drink after about 2 years. Tannat is originally from South-West France (in a place called Madiran), but are much less drinkable in youth than those of Uruguay. Merlot is sometimes blended with Tannat in order to soften it further; similar to Merlot being added to Cabernet Sauvignon.