Visit Us

We are founders and members of “Los Caminos del Vino” (The Wine Routes) a Wine Tourism Association .

By appointment through the internet form or by phone–(094 410 328/+598 94 410 328) – you can visit the vineyard and taste our wines, close to Punta del Este, surrounded by the unique beauty of Laguna del Sauce and the hills of Maldonado.

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Los caminos del vino se extienden hasta confines imprevistos. Y ya llegan incluso a… ¡Punta del Este! Así es… Sobre la ruta 12, a pocos kilómetros del mar y con el título de la única bodega de Punta del Este, la empresa contempló desde el inicio el aspecto turístico del negocio, aprovechando bien su espectacular ubicación serrana. Así, el matrimonio ideó, además de los viñedos y las instalaciones de la bodega en sí, un deck con vista panorámica para recibir turistas y ofrecerles degustaciones en un contexto realmente imbatible.”

La Nación, 4 de Julio, 2010

In sheer tourist appeal, the winery most likely to succeed is Bodega y Viñedos Alto de la Ballena, for its proximity to Punta del Este. On Punta’s western outskirts, the low range of hills known as the Sierra de la Ballena disappears beneath the Río de la Plata estuary but, to the north, it forms a rolling landscape that now includes the winery and vineyard planted with new vines of Merlot, Tannat, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and the white Viognier. Owners Álvaro Lorenzo and Paula Pivel (pictured above), who released their first young wines in 2007, are proudest of their unusual Tannat-Viognier blend; the winery and grounds are ideally situated for sunset tours and tasting from its west-facing deck.”

Moon Travel Guides, March 28, 2010

Alto de la Ballena (www.altodelaballena.com) is perhaps the most scenic of these wineries. When Alvaro Lorenzo and his wife, Paula Pivel, decided to turn their love of wine into a business in 1998, they spent months searching for the right terroir, the French term that encompasses both soil and climate. In 2000 they found a rocky hillside plot eight miles from the sea, strategically located near Punta del Este, summer retreat of South America’s glitterati.

There is no tasting room in Alto de la Ballena; we sampled wines and local cheeses on a simple deck with unobstructed vistas of a faraway lagoon, grazing cattle and brushes of alamos and eucalyptuses. It’s hard to mind a lack of infrastructure in a place like that.”

New York Times, April 19, 2009

One of Uruguay’s most impressive start-up wineries is Alto de la Ballena, which certainly indicates that Maldonado has a promising future as a wine-making region… the vineyard is 16km from the sea, with iron-rich soil of oxidated grey granite with schist and quartz; some of their land is too rocky to plant, but it’s a haven for wildlife (with lots of field flickers) and has great views out across the Laguna del Sauce. Tastings are on a hilltop deck (although a tasting room and restaurant are under consideration), where ninety-minute visits tend to stretch to two hours or more as people relax in hammocks to enjoy the breeze and the siesta.”

Bradt Travel Guides, Uruguay Ed. 2010

Fomos até a “sala de degustação”, as aspas se dão porque o local em questão era um terraço de madeira pintada de preto com cadeiras e bancos da mesma cor e rústicos. A vista, meus caros, é de arrepiar…

Alvaro é uma pessoa cativante, sabe muito do mundo dos vinhos, fiquei o escutando falar e me dei conta que já aprendi alguma coisa sobre o tema. Ele me contou que a dez anos, ele e Paula Pivel (sua esposa) resolveram fazer uma mudança – ela trabalhava em um banco, ele era advogado, decidiram, então, comprar terras para plantar uvas e produzir vinhos. Assim o fizeram. Em 7,5 hectares plantaram merlots, tannats, cabernets franc, syrahs e viogners. Hoje produzem 30 mil garrafas por ano. Pretendem chegar a 60 mil e parar por aí. Qualidadade é o que importa.”

Cris Berger , 10 de fevereiro de 2010