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The beginnings of viticulture in Uruguay were later than in other countries in South America. In fact, the first vines were not imported from Spain until the middle of the 17th century. However, commercial viticulture did not begin until around 1870, when immigrants from the French Basque country and Italy planted the first large vineyards. One of the most important pioneers was the Frenchman Pascual Harriague (1819-1894), who founded the vineyard "La Caballada" near Salto in the district of the same name and planted the red grape variety Tannat, which he had brought with him, on around 200 hectares of vineyards. That is why it is also called Harriague after him here. Today, there are over a hundred-year-old Tannat vines in Uruguay

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