Located on the Atlantic side of the continent on a latitude of 30º and 35º south, Uruguay is firmly in the Southern Hemisphere wine producing band shared by Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The cool weather, rolling hills and maritime climate of the south coast is home to the majority of the 9,000 hectares now under cultivation. Uruguay is sunny, but much wetter than Argentina, to its south. Whereas Argentina's wine regions are cooled by altitude, Uruguay's are cooled by the cold south Atlantic currents. Evenings are cool, slowing the ripening of the grapes