Viticulture

VITICULTURE
Artesana is located on an 80-acre estate in Las Brujas in the Canelones region, 30 miles north of Uruguay’s seaside capital of Montevideo. Canelones is the premier winegrowing region in Uruguay and home to the majority of the country’s vineyards. Ocean breezes keep the vines well ventilated and the combination of well-drained soils and 220 days of intense sunshine annually produces growing conditions similar to France's Bordeaux region.

The Artesana vineyard is entirely hand-farmed. Sustainable, low-input, dry farming is practiced using the Integrated Pest Management program (IPM) to maintain the long-term health of the land. 20 acres of the 80-acre estate were planted in 2007 and 2008 to 13 blocks of Tannat, Merlot, and Zinfandel the only planting of this variety in Uruguay. In 2013 Cabernet Franc was planted to give the winemakers additional blending options. Meticulous pruning protocol results in approximately 2.5 tons per acre. Green harvesting and leaf pulling is done to ensure optimum maturity. Harvest takes place in late February and March. Grapes are field-select, hand harvested in the early morning hours.

Tannat is the flagship varietal of Uruguay and produces rich, full-bodied wines with dark fruit and spice aromas and flavors. Originating from the Madiran region of southwestern France, Tannat was brought to Uruguay in the 1870s. Tannat grows especially well in the Canelones region and is softer and more velvety than its French counterpart. Named for its high tannin content, Tannat has been found to be the healthiest of red wines with 3-4 times more antioxidants and an average resveratrol concentration of 4.2%.

Tannat Grape Said to be the Healthiest in the World has its Genome Sequenced