A wonderfully relaxed retreat close to Colonia in Uruguay (and conveniently close to Buenos Aires) this is a serene spot along the River Plate is an ideal getaway for those looking for an alternative to the busier parts of the Uruguayan Riviera.

There are 100 acres of vineyards around Carmelo, make it only slightly smaller than the country’s largest wine regions, with a micro climate perfect for grape growing. The wine production here is small and often family-run, adding to its charm. Along with wine tasting, the surrounding areas offer numerous outdoor pursuits from canoeing, polo, fishing to horseback riding.