In 1998, the spouses Paula Pivel and Alvaro Lorenzo decided to set up a small winery in the department of Maldonado, in south east Uruguay.

With no more experience than that of being wine enthusiasts, they immediately got down to the task of finding the right site that would combine location, beautiful landscape and proper conditions for wine-growing.

The choice of the terroir to plant the vineyards was crucial; topography, soil and climate had to be considered, to ensure an excellent quality of grapes, essential for the production of high-quality wines.

Several months of searching, with consultancy and studies, paid off. In the year 2000 they bought almost 20 hectares on the Sierra de la Ballena, a few kilometers from the sea and Punta del Este, the largest seaside resort in South America.

The first vines were planted in the spring of 2001, continuing in the following two years until reaching 8 hectares. The vineyards include Merlot, Tannat, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Viognier varieties.

In the year 2005 the first harvest was obtained, and in 2007 the first wines were released to the market.

Currently, Alto de la Ballena’ wines are sold in specialized stores, gourmet spaces and in the best Uruguayan restaurants, mainly in Montevideo and Punta del Este. They are also available in Mexico, Brazil and Sweden, and will soon be in the United States, Belgium, Switzerlad and Argentina.

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