VIÑA PROGRESO is Gabriel Pisano’s “Experimental Winery” as he likes to call it. Here he makes his own personal wines in a modern, fruity and young style, reflecting his conception of new generation wines from Uruguay and specifically from Progreso Region
Gabriel Pisano was born close to the vineyards, in the heart of the Progreso Region, 25 km north of the sea. He studied Oenology at the Uruguayan Vine & Wine School. Both his personality and his winery are adventurous: always trying to discover new wines and styles that no one has done before.
After doing some flying winemaking in several wine regions of the world with world famous producers, he settled to live in the middle of the vineyard with his wife and 2 small sons.
Gabriel harvests grapes in different phases to achieve diverse ripenings of a same variety in order «to play» and to produce wines that are modern, fruity, and forward-thinking… a new perspective for Uruguay. He prefers natural yeasts and using minimal sulfites, so many consider his non-traditional approach “risky”… But to Gabriel, it’s his own way to explore and discover new expressions of his own terroir… to be “progressive” in “Progreso” – a rarity!
Quick Facts on Uruguay
• History: Unlike the big producers of the Andean Mediterranean regions, the Uruguayan grape growers of the Atlantic Coast, come in almost all the cases, from European families dedicated to vine growing. These men and women arrived to Uruguay with their enormous ability to work and their dream of a better life.
• Geography and Climate: The fresh wind of the night comes from the sea and brings with himself important oscillations of day and night temperature, which influences in a fundamental way the complexity of aromas of the grapes giving fruity wines, but at the same time well structured and long in the mouth.