Progreso is one of two key wine-growing towns in the Canelones department of Uruguay. Located just a few miles south of Juanico, and roughly equidistant (ten miles/16km) from Montevideo and Canelones town, this is the heartland of Uruguayan wine.
The landscape around Progreso is flat and low-lying; the relief here varies from just 100ft (30m) to 200ft (60m), creating very little terroir variation from changes in altitude or elevation. The densely planted vineyards that surround Progreso and Juanico are arguably the very epicenter of Uruguayan wine; more Tannat vines are planted here than anywhere else in the world, including Madiran.
Wines from Progreso are made from more than just Tannat, however. A number of different international varieties are used, including light-skinned varieties Pinot Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Among the red wine grapes popular here, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Merlot figure strongly.