Campotinto

Carmelo winery & boutique hotel

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A charming boutique winery in Carmelo, Uruguay’s Tuscany, producing just 30,000 bottles a year is on a quest for “the world’s best Tannat”.

This pretty sixty-acre boutique wine estate complete with a small luxury guesthouse and a restaurant is owned by an Argentine property developer with a passion for wine. At Campotinto you’ll be received by wine-maker Daniel Cis who has set out to produce “the world’s best Tannat”.

Campotinto is located in Colonia Estrella, the heart of Carmelo’s wine district—what the New York Times referred to as Uruguay’s Tuscany. The winery opened in 2015, though they’ve been producing wine since 2012. They produce around 30,000 bottles a year. Two-thirds are Tannat. In its quest for the best Tannat, Campotinto is growing Tannat on 24 separate parcels of land. They ferment the harvest from each parcel separately, then after extensive tasting, blend to make a Reserve, a Grand Reserve and save the product of the very best plot for their Ícono Tannat. They also produce a high-end Merlot and a Tannat Marselan.

Carmelo’s climate favours whites. Campotinto produces a sparkling white made with Chardonnay and Viognier called Medio y Medio—half and half—a classic Uruguayan aperitif. Medio y Medio can be sickly sweet. This is a high-range Medio y Medio, introduced originally to serve to visitors who had biked into the vineyard during the hottest summer months and wanted something quintessentially Uruguayan yet refreshing to quaff before they hit the Tannat. Campotinto is also producing a thousand bottles of a delightful Viognier.

Posada Campotinto – The hotel

During the southern summer, grab the opportunity to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of a Carmelo vineyard.

Eighty percent of Campotinto guests come to celebrate special occasions and it’s easy to see why. There’s a pool in rolling gardens reminiscent of Provence where horses graze in the distance and a hot tub under the stars. Picnics and wine-tasting can be arranged. On site there’s a restaurant with a gorgeous outdoor vine-covered patio serving Uruguayan favourites with gourmet twists.

There are twelve generous-sized suites to choose from, including modern poolside suites featuring recycled wood and local stone and charming suites in the charming former farm-house. Interiors designed by a top Argentine architect are warm and vibrant and overlook the native-plant gardens, pool or the old chapel of San Roque.

What you should know

  • The winery is open Wed-Sun noon-6pm all year round Choose from different options: Bouquet and Terroir tastings (around 40 USD), by the glass, gourmet dessert pairings and a lunch/tasting menu. The highlight is the gourmet picnic (120 USD for two).
  • The hotel and restaurant open for the southern summer season only from November 1 to February 28.
  • High-end and natural Sink into your king-size bed, pillow menu and turn-down, organic and natural skin-care products.
  • The restaurant is open exclusively to guests for breakfast and dinner. The restaurant is open to the public for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. Dinner must be reserved with 12 hours advance notice (this includes for guests). Much produce comes from the on-site organic kitchen garden.
  • Close to Buenos Aires Campotinto is 250 km from Montevideo and just 69 kilometres from Buenos Aires. From Buenos Aires, take the ferry (one hour) to Colonia and 50 minutes later by car you’re at Campotinto. Ten minute flight from Buenos Aires to Carmelo airport.

Contact

Campotinto
www.campotinto.com
Camino de los Peregrinos S/N, Carmelo, Uruguay

Reserve with Veronique at info@campotinto.com or WhatsApp +598 96 666 111

Campotinto wines are available at the winery shop and in exclusive wine shops in Montevideo and Punta del Este. Ask for delivery in Montevideo hotels via WhatsApp.

Hotel rates

Suites from 250 USD including breakfast.

Photos: Campotinto

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