While the red blends of Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile need no introduction on the international stage, the South American country is also gaining a reputation for producing some exceptional white wines from the Casablanca Valley region.
Nestled on the coastal plain between the Andes mountains and Pacific Ocean, the fertile Casablanca Valley is a relative newcomer to the world of wine. Although vineyards have been grown in Chile for centuries, it hasn’t been until the last 25 years that this region has really staked its claim as a premium producer.
The relatively cool Mediterranean climate of this beautiful, tranquil valley favours the production of exceptionally clean and crisp whites, while the region is also noted for some elegant red varietals.
Given its close proximity to the capital Santiago and the neighbouring UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valparaiso, Casablanca Valley wine tours attract droves of enthusiasts to what is considered Chile’s fastest growing wine region.
Highly regarded boutique wineries are scattered across the region, with cooling glasses of wine awaiting visitors as part of a Casablanca wine tour. Many of the wineries feature a large number of modern cellars and state-of-the-art wine making facilities.
At Wine Paths, our local expert can organise exclusive Casablanca Valley wine tours that can be tailormade to your specific requirements, while ensuring every detail is taken care of before you arrive – including elaborate tastings, luxury stays, gourmet cuisine and unique activities.
A typical Casablanca wine tour takes visitors to explore the region’s vineyards and wine cellars, accompanied by a professional guide to explain the history and culture of wine making.
There is often an opportunity to meet the estate owners and, of course, sample some of the Casablanca Valley’s finest wines – which can be paired with incredible local cuisine and enjoyed amid the backdrop of stunning natural scenery.
The Casablanca Valley is the birthplace of the best Sauvignon Blanc in Chile, closely followed by Chardonnay among its more recognised white varieties. For the red wines, Pinot Noir and Syrah have been the most recent success stories emanating from the region.
However, the diversity of the soils in the region have also given rise to Cabernet Franc and Malbec varieties – while Casablanca has also recently ventured into the production of sparkling wines using Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
As part of our exclusive Casablanca Valley wine tours, we offer a unique experience that combines wine tastings with a trip to nearby Valpraiso, one of the first cities founded by Spanish explorers and still renowned for its architectural and cultural significance.
Our Casablanca wine tour visits the small town of Orozco, home to the Catrala boutique winery where you can sample a variety of premium wines grown on the small 70 hectares plot surrounded by native forests.
In Valpraiso, an experienced guide will explain the town’s importance to trade and commerce before taking you up the cliffside hills by way of centuries old ascensores (funiculars).
The city itself is a labyrinth of streets characterised by brightly coloured buildings, bohemian cafes, elegant restaurants, and spectacular views of the harbour below. The tour will lead you through two of the most famous hills in the area – Cerro Concepcion and Cerro Alegre – before ending with a gastronomic meal at one of the city’s finest restaurants.
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