MoonlitThe vineyards of Bodega Garzón extend into the distance illuminated by the moon. If you would be cruising the highways of Uruguay, you would not know it exists. However, hidden inside the hills around Pueblo Garzón at about one-and-a-half hour driving from Punta del Este of which about 30 minutes will be spent on dirt roads that zigzag through the countryside, lies a beautiful and exclusive restaurant located in the middle of Bodega Garzón.
Entrance to Bodega Garzón The New York Times placed the vineyard Bodega Garzón on the 22nd position of a list of 52 places to visit in 2016. It's an incredible place indeed. Luxurious, beautifully designed and with beautiful views that extend kilometers into the distance, overlooking the vines. One can only guess at the amount of effort and funds that have been poured into this place, but it must have be mind-blowing.
Kitchen of Bodega Garzón The kitchen is being supervised by the Argentinian chef Francis Mallmann, and our experience there was as fantastic as his name promised it would be. The kitchen is beautifully designed with a big fireplace to roast meat on, and can be seen through the glass walls that separate it from the restaurant. We enjoyed what was labeled as a "Sunset Wine Dinner" there, with excellent courses accompanied by the different wines the vineyard has to offer.
Bodega Garzón at night Although at the time of this writing the vineyard has not been officially opened to the public all year round, the restaurant can be visited already. I would suggest making a reservation first; it's a bit too far away to risk ending up before closed doors. You can contact Bodega Garzón via their website.
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