With only a few exceptions, Uruguay‘s most highly reputed bodegas are in this department.
The climate and soils, along with the proximity of Montevideo, underlie their renown.
„Canelones is the most important of the nine wine regions in Uruguay and, after Montevideo, has the most inhabitants. It occupies the area around Montevideo, extending south on both of the capital to the Rio de la Plata. Many of the first immigrants who settled here came from the Canary islands which explains why the people from Canelones are known ascanarios. Apart from tourism on the coast, agriculture is the main activity, first and foremost vegetable and fruit growing for the food processing industry–and, ofcourse, wine. Canelones appears as aflat but gently undulating landscape whose highest elevation barely reaches 60 metres apart from the hills of Cuchilla Grande to the north-east. The dramatic scenery of the Andes, which one would normally expect when thin king of the wine regions of South America, is missing here. Instead, completely different natural conditions prevail which, for viticulture, prove to be a very promising advantage.“