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Interpreting Wine Podcast

Aug 16, 2023

I鈥檓 Lawrence Francis, Host of Interpreting Wine, welcoming you to the Uruguay Producer Special Series. Across these 2 episodes recorded in Dec 2022 and Feb 2023 we鈥檒l be exploring the modern Uruguay Producer scene in the company of 2 producers. The most up-to-date producer-led exploration of Uruguay wines available anywhere in podcast format. Subscribe to be alerted when new series episodes go live.

We close out the series today in the company of Francisco Carrau of Bodega Cerro Chapeu. Francisco is a legend of Uruguayan winemaking. Being the ninth generation of a family of viticulturist and winemakers. A dynasty that started in 1752 in Catalunya, Spain.

(00:00:08) Episode intro

(00:01:30) High level overview of the family鈥檚 origins

(00:08:03) First critical successes of Uruguayan wine in the UK market

(00:11:54) Development of their project in Uruguay and early challenges

(00:19:10) The process of Tannat finding its home in Uruguay

(00:25:11) Wines tasted:

  1. (00:26:00) 1752 Gran Tradici贸n Petit Manseng-Viognier 2019 (

  2. (00:36:24) Castel Pujol, Folklore, Tinto, 2022 (

(00:44:40) Changes in sustainability

(00:47:00) Travel and communication plans for 2023 and beyond


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Intro and outro music
The New Investors

GUEST CONTACT: Francisco Carrau, Bodega Cerro Chapeu

Date recorded: 27 Feb 2023

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Uruguay Producer series direct links (2) Santiago Deicas, Bodega Familia Deicas Francisco Carrau, Bodega Cerro Chapeu