Chile’s top white wine region
Casablanca Valley, situated on the coastal plain between Santiago and Valparaiso, is Chile’s fastest growing wine region. The Casablanca Valley is relatively new to the wine industry with wine production beginning as late as the mid-1980s. As a young valley of premium wines, Casablanca Valley boasts a large number of modern cellars with the highest winemaking technology, many of them boutiques wineries.
Despite it's 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.
Casablanca Valley is one of the cooler wine regions in Chile. It has a Mediterranean climate similar to California’s Los Carneros AVA, which includes parts of Sonoma and Napa counties. Soil and climate favours the production of top quality Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Cool misty nights and hot days provides excellent growing conditions.
If you are fond of wine tastings 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.
Wineries in this area are open year round, with spring through fall, September through June being the best time to visit. Normally 1-2 days are sufficient to tour the Casablanca Valley wineries, but you will want to explore the Santiago-Valparaiso/ Viña del Mar area. If you use Santiago as a base you can easily tour the other wine regions in the area over a week and see some of Santiago and the Valparaiso/Viña del Mar area as well.
At Winerist, finding the perfect wine tours and experiences to enhance your holiday is what we do best. See below for our top picks of the region from short, gourmet tours of the city, to full-day activities, like cycling around vineyards with an expert guide and a sumptuous picnic. The choice is yours…
We’ve teamed up with some of the best wineries in the region to bring that extra special something to your visit. From centuries-old Châteaux to brand new wineries at the cutting edge of production, we’ve got winery tours to suit every palate and personality.
Whether you’re after a quaint little local bolt hole for the night or the full, wine spa and hotel experience complete with michelin-starred restaurants, here are our hand-picked partners to make sure that your stay is pitched exactly to your budget and tastes.