Borravino Wine Tours
Borravino Wine Tours
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Welcome to Borravino, boutique wine experiences in Argentina and Uruguay. Proud South Americans, we have crafted wine tours through Mendoza and little known Uruguay where you can experience our culture, character and history.
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

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Molly C
1 contribution
Dec 2022
This was an absolutely fantastic tour and a can't miss itinerary stop for anyone visiting Uruguay or Buenos Aires. Our guide, Andres, was incredibly personable and very knowledgeable not just about wines but also about the countryside we traveled through and Uruguay in general. We thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the beautiful country of Uruguay from a local on our drive from the port to the wineries! The two wineries we visited were nestled among beautiful countryside and we enjoyed picturesque views while wine tasting and munching on local meats and cheeses. The wines themselves were fantastic and it was so neat to tour the vineyards and learn about the wine making operation from the winemaker himself. This tour really does have something everyone will love, even those who might not be wine drinkers!
Written December 12, 2022
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Thanks for the nice review! we hope to meet you soon at our other wine destination,
Written December 28, 2022
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NewTA
Saint Louis, MO25 contributions
Sep 2022
This was one of the best parts of our trip to Buenos Aires, and it didn't even occur in BA! First, I had some questions so I emailed Damian via the we travel page, and he got right back to me with the information I needed to make a decision. We emailed back and forth and I knew someone would be waiting for us when we arrived on the ferry from BA to Colonia. Andres met us in Colonia and the day blasted off. Andres was fun, funny, knowledgeable, and chill. He took us to the old bullfighting ring where we got some neat pictures, taught us the real name of the country we call Uruguay, told us about the country's history a little, and about the canola fields that were in full bloom. At the Fripp winery, our guide spoke some English but wanted Andres to translate for her, which he did gladly. We got a great explanation of what the winery used to do and how it is modernizing and upping its wine qualities. We've done a few winery tours in the states and this was still a learning experience for us. Then Andres hung out while we did our wine tasting and snacking. The second winery we went to was gorgeous. Some of our group even commented on the beautiful views from the bathrooms! Best of all, our tour was supposed to end at 230 but Andres was sooo laid back that we did not get back to Colonia until 5pm-ish. Andres even stopped on the side of the road for us to get some photos in the canola fields. Seriously, they were too pretty. I highly recommend working with Damian and Andres to taste some wonderful Uruguayan wines and see the Uruguayan country-side.
Written October 11, 2022
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Thanks for the nice review! we hope to meet you soon at our other wine destination, Damian
Written December 28, 2022
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Zzbar94
22 contributions
Dec 2022
Wonderful experience from start to finish. Before the tour, Damian answered all our questions quickly via email, and the logistics were as easy as could be (pick up at the ferry port upon arrival, drop off at hotel).

Our guide, Fabian, was super friendly and taught us all about Uruguay, Colonia, and the winemaking history of the region. The boutique winery we visited was a beautiful family-owned location with spectacular food and wine. We got to meet the family and enjoy a delicious asado (along with refills after we had finished the initial tasting).

It was a lovely day and a very well-organized tour. Highly recommend for some peaceful time in Colonia!
Written December 26, 2022
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Thanks for your lovely review! We are glad you enjoyed the tour and look forward to meeting you at our other destinations! Damian
Written December 27, 2022
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mbc421
Toronto, Canada1,037 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Recently took this tour with Damian. He met us at the port at 9:45 a.m where we had arrived from Buenos Aires on the Buquebus ferry (an hour and 15 minute trip).

The tour price includes Damian’s tour, private transportation by clean car, and a visit to two wineries on the outskirts of the rather charming town of Carmelo, approximately 1 hour from Colonia. Lunch is not included, yet charcuterie plates are provided at both wineries.

At the first winery (Irurtia) they were not expecting us (a date mix up), yet moved quickly to accommodate. We visited the cellars with Damian and had a look at the old cars on the property.

In the tasting room we were served wines that had been opened (at least) overnight and had been kept in the fridge. They were a bit too cold and the tasting room was cold as well. While this winery has won awards, nothing here stood out, yet perhaps it was the temperature of the wines.

The second winery Legado was extremely boutique and a nice property. The wines (reds) were a tannat, a Syrah and a blend. Here the wines were quite good, and the setting was near perfect. The wines themselves were 17$ and 30$ per bottle during my visit with the blend being 30$.

We left Legado and made a fast drive back to Colonia where Damian dropped us off in the old town around 2:45 p.m for a look around before walking 5 blocks back to the ferry.

I have been on similarly priced tours in other parts of the world where lunch was included and there were more stops/a really full day. That said, for the price of admission I...

* got to try Tannat for the first time at a winery
* got to see the picturesque Uruguayan countryside when I only had a day to do so.
* heard a lot about the history of Uruguay and local winemaking from Damian who is knowledgeable, personable, and open minded. I left wanting to come back.
* got to fill my glass of wine straight from a barrel at Legado. (Sure, it was marketing genius, yet I still enjoyed it.)

Finally, there are not a lot of wineries near Colonia or competing wine tours. While I find all tour review scores/stars on trip advisor to be skewed too high (perhaps this one included), I hope this review helps someone set expectations and plan for an enjoyable time in Carmelo with Damian and Borravino.

Written July 5, 2019
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Thanks for your nice review!
Written December 28, 2022
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Elizabeth37
Houston, TX161 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
We took a day trip to Uruguay during our stay in Buenos Aires. After an hour long journey on the ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia, Damian met my husband and I at the ferry. We embarked on a beautiful drive through the countryside to visit two wineries. We enjoyed the wines and snacks at both wineries. The second winery was absolutely picturesque with its vineyards and nice tasting room. We even got to barrel taste. I would highly recommend this tour.
Written October 25, 2018
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Thanks for your nice review!
Written December 28, 2022
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GJK11
Dallas54 contributions
Mar 2015 • Friends
A friend and I popped over to Colonia for the day from Buenos Aires. We weren’t really sure what to do there or how to make the most of our visit so reached out to Feeling Uruguay. Damian was very quick to respond and provided a number of suggestions (Feeling Uruguay’s site also includes a number of ideas). Despite little notice, he helped us to quickly craft a fun and relaxing afternoon.

The actual day of our visit, our Buquebus Ferry was an hour late (as a note, this was due to a strike on the Uruguay side and is *not* considered normal). Despite showing up late, Damian was there to meet us with good cheer. He had also checked on our ferry ride back to make sure it was on time (a nice and helpful touch). Per the afternoon’s itineray, he took us first to Los Cerros de San Juan: a beautiful idylicc winery about five kilometers in from the countryside for a visit to the cellar and a wine tasting. It was one of these gorgeous off the beaten path, relaxed, funky little places that we would never have come to on our own but had a great time at (and ended up picking some really terrific wines at great prices).

After the winery, Damian took us to rather unique site: the remnants of an old Bull Ring that a Buenos Aires businessman had built decades ago (along with a hotel and casino) in hopes of attracting the wealthy over for trips from BA. Evidently, it was not a success and the stadium stands derelict and crumbling, like a post-modern coliseum.

Lastly, we spent time in the historic district (the main tourism area in Colonia). A visit to the docks, a tour around the area, a climb to the top of the lighthouse and then just some free time to shop and relax before taking us back to the Buquebus station in time for our ferry back to Colonia.

I highly recommend Damian and Feeling Uruguay to anyone who is planning on visiting Colonia and will no doubt call on him again the next time I go there.
Written March 29, 2015
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glicks200
Ventnor City47 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
We were picked up by Damien at the port and spent a great day touring the area. We went to two fantastic wineries with delicious wines, toured old Colonia and saw the surrounding countryside. Damien was an excellent guide, well informed with easy to understand English. He showed us a great restaurant for lunch and gave us recommendations for the evening in Colonia. I would definitely recommend this tour.
Written February 18, 2015
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sevengrams_travel
Toronto, Canada4 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
My husband and I organized a private day-tour with Damian starting in Colonia. Damian picked us up promptly at 10am, and we headed off to the Carmelo region. Our first stop was the Irurtia winery, followed by El Legado. Damian gave us a private tour through both wineries, and was full of really interesting facts about the wineries, wine region, and the wines. The tours were followed by wine tastings and cheese/meat snacks. After the wineries, we had a delicious pasta lunch overlooking the vineyards at Campotinto. All in all, it was a fantastic day, and the wines, especially at El Legado, were really wonderful!
Written March 10, 2018
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Thanks for your nice review!
Written December 28, 2022
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Andrew P
Newark, NJ23 contributions
Aug 2015 • Solo
What an amazing experience! While staying in Buenos Aires, I decided to take a tour of Colonia, and reviews on Trip Advisor led me to "Feeling Uruguay." I e-mailed Damian a few days before my visit, and he responded quickly and gave me a few possible itineraries for my day in Uruguay.

After arriving in Colonia via the ferry, Damian promptly met me at the ferry station, and showed me around old Colonia. His knowledge about the history and culture of Colonia and Uruguay made the experience incredible. After breaking for lunch, we went up north to the city of Carmelo to have a wine tasting - with the owner of the winery! It was by far the best wine tasting experience I have ever experiences.

On the way back, we stopped at a few more locations and Damian gave more history about Uruguay and other tidbits about the city that otherwise I would have never found out about.

Overall, it was without a doubt one of the more memorable experiences of my trip to South America, and I would highly recommend "Feeling Uruguay" to any travelers who may find themselves in Colonia for the day and want to experience the country through the eyes of a local. Thanks again for everything, Damian!
Written September 7, 2015
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Dave L
San Diego, CA5 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
We had an absolutely amazing day touring Carmelo's finest with Borravino! The booking was simple, Damian quickly confirmed our reservation, easily met us at the ferry port, and was a superb guide on our expedition. The drive from Colonia to Carmelo was around an hour, Damian gave us a nice background on the area, grape varietals in Uruguay, developed a keen understanding of our wine preferences to help on the tastings, and was pleasant to get to know.

Our first stop was at Familia Irurtia, where the staff took us on a tour followed by a nice tasting of several wines under the trees. Afterwards, we stopped at El Legado, a beautiful boutique vineyard run by Bernardo. It was a very intimate setting, where we had a great tasting including right from the barrel, and finished with a nice stroll around the property. We both felt like we were taking a casual trip to visit family in the countryside away from the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires. What a great escape!

We arrived back in Colonia with plenty of time to have a light afternoon meal (Damian was full of suggestions), and explore the town before getting back on our ferry to Buenos Aires. This was such a great tour, and we highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a quality day-trip while on business travel to Argentina, enthusiastic visitors to new countries who want a genuine experience, and of course avid wine lovers!

Thank you Damian!

Logistical Note: We purchased our ferry tickets directly from Seacat ferry (you can do Buquebus as an alternative, its the same boat and leaves from the Buquebus ferry port); the service ran ran round-trip from the port in Buenos Aires to Colonia.
Written May 10, 2018
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Thanks for your nice review!
Written December 28, 2022
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