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Visit to Bodega Oceánica José Ignacio and MACA Museum

Last Saturday, February 17th, we visited the incredible Bodega Oceánica José Ignacio, which also has its olive oil production plant, O´33.


The winery is located in Maldonado (Uruguay), 2 hours from Montevideo, in a privileged environment. Its production processes are guided by the cycle of the moon and the stars, in harmony with the ocean breeze and the richness of its land. The varieties of wine they produce in their 8.5 hectares of vineyards are: Tannat, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Albariño, and Chardonnay.


In addition to the winery, they also have their Almazara, an olive oil production plant that they produce with their own olive groves, under the O´33 brand.


Both their winery and their Almazara are works of architect Marcelo Daglio, and in each one, we can appreciate how art is present in every detail.


The Winery, built in 2018, simulates the shape of a half wine barrel, and on the outside, it is covered with pieces that emulate the scales of a fish, alluding to the winery's proximity to the ocean.


Their Almazara, built in 2014, was awarded the first prize in the Production, Energy, and Recycling category at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore, 2015.


We had the pleasure of touring both, as well as tasting their olive oils and enjoying a delicious lunch by Mostrador Santa Teresita.


We were surprised with an extensive menu that delighted our most demanding explorers, made with local products and accompanied by a selection of their most emblematic wines, such as their Pinot Rosé, among others.


After the winery, we went to visit the MACA Museum and Pablo Atchugarry Foundation, which is located just a few kilometers away.


It is the most recent project of the Atchugarry Foundation, inaugurated in January 2022. In its immense 45-hectare property, there are seven exhibition halls, a cinema, a theater, a didactic room, a library, an outdoor amphitheater, more than 75 sculptures, and a chapel with the work La Pietà, by Pablo Atchugarry. Currently, in the Permanent Collection, you can find various works by renowned artists such as Torres García, Gonzalo Fonseca, Julio Le Parc, Carlos Cruz Diez, Frank Stella, Ernesto Neto, Wifredo Lam, Joe Tilson, Guillermo Kuitca, Louise Nevelson, among others. It was a day of enjoyment from start to finish.


Thank you very much Maxi Umpiérrez and all the team at Bodega Oceánica for welcoming us with such warmth, and to the MACA Museum team for conducting a guided tour especially for us.


And fundamentally, of course, to all the explorers who accompanied us from different nationalities, as usual, with their incredible energy, which makes each of our meetings so special.

Until next time.


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Photo: Tavis Davidson

Visita a Bodega Oceánica José Ignacio - Tour grupal organizado por Wine Tours en 2024

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