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It's also just 20 miles away
from the inland village of Garzón,
where Bodega Garzón (Route 9,
kilometer 175 ), from global vintner Alejandro Bulgheroni, recently added a 170,000-square-foot
winery and an eatery overseen
by the celebrated Argentine chef
Francis Mallmann. Sample the
winery's bold tannat, Uruguay's
Clockwise from top left: Bodega
Garzón's vineyards, Estancia
Vik's traditional parrilla, and
beachside chilling at La Susana.
rich, signature red, then head
into the village for a meal at
Mallmann's flagship, El Garzón
(Costa José Ignacio, 20401). "It's
amazing and the place to dine,"
South America's beach getaway with a
he willowy models stroll-
While on the shore, order the
ing the strands of Punta
grilled catch of the day at casu-
del Este, Uruguay's
ally hip Parador La Huella (Playa
coastal hub, are hardly
Brava), the town's best-known
billboards for good eating. But
continue another 20 miles east
Nearby, watch the sunset at La
to José Ignacio, and you'll find a
Susana (20402 José Ignacio,
series of beachfront restaurants
Maldonado Department) over
where tables stuck in the sand
whitefish ceviche and a Moroc-
encourage daylong noshing.
can mojito made with green tea.
"José Ignacio is to Uruguayans
as the Hamptons are to New
Yorkers," says Caroline Wallace, a
Estancia Vik José Ignacio offers
Virtuoso advisor from Richmond,
4,000 acres on which to roam
Virginia, who's visited the town
and ride horseback. Each of its
six times in the past five years.
12 suites is decorated by a Uru-
"It's known as a chic retreat
guayan artist, and the boutique
from the city, with a barefoot
retreat features its own tradition-
elegance and killer restaurants
al parrilla, or barbecue restaurant.
where time doesn't matter. You
Doubles from $400; Virtuoso
go for a late lunch and stay
travelers receive breakfast daily
through sunset cocktails."
and one lunch or dinner.
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