Best for: A beautiful boutique hotel surrounded by pine and eucalyptus forests, Narbona Wine Lodge is a sanctuary for wine and nature lovers.
Get there quick: Carmelo International Airport is only a 20 minute flight from Buenos Aires, and Narbona is 15 km from the village of Carmelo. The ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia is also quick and easy (Buquebus and Colonia Express). The estancia lies 80 km from the port.
Room Service: The comfortable Lodge offers five large rooms with en-suite bathrooms, a private terrace, and impressive vineyard views. Original wooden floors give Narbona a special, rustic charm.
Ageing gracefully: The buildings at Finca Narbona, which include a charming restaurant, farmhouse, chapel, winery and lodge, are the oldest in Uruguay, dating back to the 19th century.
Know your history: Narbona estate was founded in the 1740s, and the estancia is built on the grounds of the award winning winery. Wines produced here-only reds such as Tannat, Pinot Noir and Tempranillo varieties-are proudly grown on the banks of the River Plate. The harvest begins mid-February and runs through March.
Wine tasting: A tour through the cellars followed by a tasting of Narbona wines, homemade cheeses, and preserves is the first thing you should do at the estancia.
Make your own: Learn the secrets of winemaking with the onsite enologist. Prepare your own wine or grappa and take your signature bottle home.
Activities: Chill out by the pool, tour the winery, hit the gym, bike along quiet country lanes, head to the beach, or take a helicopter flight for a bird’s eye view of the vineyards.
Wine and dine: The restaurant has an excellent menu concentrating on Uruguayan specialities. Dairy products and organic vegetables are grown and produced on the farm, so tuck into a plate of homemade pasta and freshly grown salad on the sunny terrace or relax by the open fire with a glass of the house Pinot Noir.
Eating out: Head out to the vineyards with a picnic basket filled with cheeses, sandwiches, fruits, jam, and of course, your favourite bottle of wine. Perfect for loved-up couples and romantics.
Farm life: The Finca includes a working dairy, so cheeses, yoghurt, ice cream, and delicious dulce de leche are all produced onsite.
Around the port: Take in the sun in Puerto Camacho’s private beach before setting sail along the River Plate. The port’s restaurant is also great for lunch-we recommend the delicious homemade pizzas!
Take a swing: Carmelo Golf Club is one of our favourite golf courses in South America-18 holes, par 72, the course is as beautiful as it is challenging.
Must do: A ride around the 15 hectare vineyard followed by a dip in the pool is by far the best way to spend the afternoons at Narbona.