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Castillo Viejo



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Location and climate 

The vineyards are located in San Jose (Southern part of Uruguay). It has a maritime climate thanks to the locatation  closeby to the Atlantic coast and big rivers.

This makes our region very similar to the Bordeaux area. We have a high variation of temperature which reaches in the ripening season to 31 to 34º C during the day and 12º to 14º during the night. This difference of temperature generates fogs during the morning which are very important for the maturation. 

The land is slightly wavy, franc clayey and fertile. 



Don Santos Etcheverry arrived to Uruguay at the end of 19th century and in 1927 he founded Bodegas Castillo Viejo which is now one of the leading and oldest wineries of Uruguay.

It has remained a family run winery, managed by Alejandro Etcheverry, Edgardo Etcheverry and Ana Etcheverry (3rd generation).  The fourth generation has now already started to work in the business.



Two features distinguish Castillo Viejo from the rest of the Uruguayan wineries: 

  • Wines are produced from 100% estate grown grapes.
  • 100% of the harvest of white grapes and the harvest of reserve ranges happens during the night, which provides ability to preserve the aromas and flavours before vinification.  This is unique in Uruguay and followed by very few wineries throughout the world (i.e. Australia & California).


Viticulture Information

30% White grapes and 70% red grapes. The most important white grape is Sauvignon Blanc, followed by Chardonnay, and then Viognier.

In the red grapes the most important is Tannat, followed by Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon y Tempranillo.



Edgardo Etcheverry, President and Director

Alejandro Etcheverry, Director and Winemaker

Ana Etcheverry, Director