In recent decades, South American wine, particularly Malbec from Argentina and Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, has earned a spot at American dinner tables.
But if you want to explore the contintent’s wines beyond Argentinean and Chilean vino, head to Uruguay, a country lodged between Brazil and Argentina. Unbeknownst to most aficionados, Uruguay has a long history with wine.
Michael Schachner is a New York-based journalist specializing in wine, food and travel. His articles appear regularly in Wine Enthusiast, where he is a longstanding contributing editor responsible for South America and Spain. Schachner reviews more than 2,000 wines annually for WE and regularly travels to Chile, Argentina and Spain to keep abreast of the constantly changing global wine map.