Dear Family and Friends,
While in Colonia, we took a day trip to the oldest winery in Uruguay, Los Cerros de San Juan. They do not export their wine...it can only be purchased in Uruguay.
We started our tour in the vineyards. The drive was spectacular.
Rich checking the grape vines. You can tell he has California roots....he looks like a natural.
This winery is 150 years old. The buildings were very old as well as some of the machinery.
Here is George checking out the processing machinery.
If we started to feel we were in France, all we had to do was look at one of our drivers. He is drinking the traditional yerba mate (herbal tea).
We toured the cellars. Huge oak barrels imported from Europe many, many years ago and still in use.
At the end of the tour we had the main event in our books, the wine tasting. Here is Chuck and George waiting for the rest of us.
The wine tasting is held in the old company store. The shelves where the groceries were displayed are now filled with bottles of wine.
These guys give "belly up to the bar" a whole new meaning.
YES!! We scored. Wine to enjoy back at our hotel.
What a fun day!!