The modern wine industry in Uruguay dates back to 1870, and the wine industry was started by immigrants of mainly
Basque and Italian origin. In 1870, Tannat was introduced to the country by Don Pascual Harriague, a Basque.  
Albariño was introduced to Uruguay in 1954 by immigrants from A Coruña, in the Galician region of Spain.
When the  Mercosur free trade association started to take shape in the late 1980s, Uruguay took steps to increase the quality of its wines and stepped up its marketing efforts, due to fear of being out-competed by Brazilian wines and Argentine wines, which had lower production costs.
Classification system Edit
There are two levels of classification for Uruguay wines:
 Wine regions Edit
Former Wine Regions of Uruguay
Uruguay's wine regions correspond to its
administrative regions. While the country's other forms of agriculture are grouped into cardinal-intercardinal-oriented zones, which are then further divided by departments, there has never been an official grouping of wine regions into the larger zones – based on publications released by the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture, and Fish.
The majority of vineyards and wineries are located in the hills north of the capital
Montevideo, particularly in the departments: Canelones, Montevideo, Colonia, and San José.   With the disappearance of vineyards in  Flores, Rio Negro, and Treinta y Tres, roughly from 1989-2007, there are currently vineyards in 15 out of 19 departments.  Grape varieties Edit References Edit
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