El Capricho means ‘on a whim’ and when investor friends Dirk and Paul found a 200 hectare plot of land in the middle of Uruguay in Durazno for sale with 7 hectares of vineyards included, it took their fancy to start making wine for themselves. However there is nothing whimsical about El Capricho wine or winery, the small and driven team has big ambitions to make Durazno and their small production wines some of the best quality in Uruguay.
Durazno is some 250km north if Montevideo and the main wine region Canelones, which changes the expression of its wines for two reasons: being further north they have a warmer climate with earlier maturation, and the undulating hillsides and sandstone soils help drain away Uruguay’s often heavy rains. The combination means that Durazno can achieve well-ripened wines with longer cycle varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and still have the fresh fruit characteristics.
The small, and growing, portfolio includes a fresh Verdejo, vibrant Tannat and an ultimately gluggable blend of Tannat, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon.
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