Casablanca Valley, situated on the coastal plain between Santiago and Valparaiso, is Chile’s most famous wine region despite being relatively new to the global wine scene, with wine production beginning as late as the mid-1980s. As a young valley of premium wines, Casablanca Valley boasts a large number of wineries boasting the latest modern technology, many of them boutiques wineries.
Despite its late start wine production in the Casablanca Valley has gained recognition in particular for the white wine production of splendid crisp Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, but also for some stunning reds such as Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah. It’s one of the cooler wine regions in Chile, with a Mediterranean climate similar to California’s Los Carneros AVA, which includes parts of Sonoma and Napa counties. Cool misty nights and hot days provides excellent growing conditions.
So, if you are fond of wine tasting framed by spectacular nature backdrops, look no further! Casablanca's vineyards are the perfect place, bordering the Pacific Ocean to the West and the Andes mountains to the East. Here is our guide for the places to eat, drink, stay and be merry in Chile’s Casablanca Valley…Read less
You can arrive in Casablanca Valley by land, sea or air but air is certainly the most convenient for direct access. The main point of entry is the city of Santiago, which has an international airport (Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez airport). Thanks to Santiago’s position as a port, many travellers also arrive by cruise ship.
Chile uses the Peso. One English pound sterling is work approximately 888 Pesos, and one US Dollar is worth 685 Pesos, which explain why you can get Peso bills going up to 20,000 Pesos! Luckily, most of the established stores accept international credit cards and ATMs delivering local currency are easy to find in the main cities. It would be wise to take currency with you out to the winelands, however. Some places to accept US Dollars or Euros, but the rate of exchange will not be as good. bills of
Wineries in this area tend to be open all year round, though September to June is the most beautiful time to visit. Normally, 1-2 days are sufficient to tour the Casablanca Valley wineries, but you will also want to explore the Santiago-Valparaiso and the Viña del Mar areas too. If you use Santiago as a base, you can easily see these areas and visit wineries in the area over a week .
In Chile you are never far from the Pacific Ocean or the Andes mountains so a visit to the beach or trekking in the Andes is always an option.
Casablanca Valley is located 75 km from Santiago, 25 km from Viña del Mar and 40 km from Valparaiso. Casablanca's close proximity to these major cities means there is plenty to explore, including the national parks nearby.
Viña del Mar, also known as the "Garden City", boasts a 3.5 km long beach of golden sand, and is considered Chile's answer to Brazil's Copacabana.
Any visit to Casablanca Valley should include a visit to the coastal cities of Viña del Mar and Valparaiso.
From Santiago, the Chilean wine country is within easy reach. Casablanca Valley as well as Aconcagua Valley, Maipo Valley and San Antonio Valley wine regions are all good options for day trips from Santiago.
San Antonio Valley, along Ruta 78 can be easily combined with a Casablanca Valley tour, especially if you take two days to explore these wine regions.