Guide to visiting Carmelo, Uruguay
Just a half hour drive NW of Colonia, Uruguay sits Carmelo, a small town and the New York Times dubbed the “Tuscany” of Uruguay. While not nearly as publicized as Tuscany or the town of Colonia, Carmelo is a hotspot for in-the-know food and wine lovers and people looking for a slow paced and relaxing getaway from Buenos Aires.
Surrounding Carmelo are 12 or so wineries, all much smaller than their Argentine counterparts in Mendoza, but gaining more and more praise from critics and providing wonderful and personal experiences to visitors. Some of our favorite Carmelo area wineries are El Legado, CampoTinto and Almacén de la Capilla.
Carmelo is just a 30 minute drive from Colonia, so can either be done as a side-trip from Colonia or there are several wonderful hotels and lodges in the Carmelo area. If you are visiting wineries make sure to book tastings ahead since most are by appointment only. Damian of Borravino Wine Tours can pick you up at the Colonia Ferry Terminal, take you to a few of his favorites and introduce you to the local specialties as well as show you around the Colonia old-town to make a wonderful day-trip from Buenos Aires