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.
WHEN TO GO AND FOR HOW LONG?
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.
WHERE TO GO?
- 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, 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.
Organic, biodynamic and sustainable winery
Discover Matetic Vineyards, an organic, biodynamic and sustainable winery nestled in the Rosario Valley. The story of Matetic Vineyards began in 1999. Led by Jorge Matetic, fourth generation of the family in Chile, the family embraced the challenge of planting Syrah in a cool-climate location, becoming a pioneer project and...
- Wine tasting
- Wine tourism (tours, excursions, events)
- Hiking, horseback riding, bicycle riding and van tours
- On-site restaurant with locally sourced produce serving Chilean cuisine
- Accommodation in Matetic's boutique hotel "La Casona"
Fundo Rosario S/N
+56 2 2611 1501
William Cole Vineyards
Discover award-winning wines in the Casablanca Valley, Chile
The Casablanca Valley in Chile is famed for its stunning natural beauty – the impressive, rolling hills disappear into the horizon while lush fields and small villages are peppered across the landscape. Amongst this breathtaking nature lies the William Cole Vineyards, an award-winning winery that embodies Chile’s natural...
- Wine tasting of award-winning wines
- Stunning views
- Friendly service
- Luscious vineyards
Camino Tapihue KN 4.5 Casablanca
+56 32 21577777
Kingston Family Vineyards
Boutique and family-owned winery located in Chile's Casablanca Valley
Discover Kingston Family Vineyards, a boutique winery located in Chile's Casablanca Valley on the farm that has been in the family for more than a century. In the early 1900s, mining engineer Carl John Kingston left his home in Michigan looking for gold in Chile. While he never found...
- Wine tastings
- Terrace overlooking the Casablanca Valley
- Award-winning wines
- Winemaking tours
- Boutique and family owned winery
Hijuela El Mantén, Casablanca, Chile
+56 2 2405 4800
Our choice of restaurants
CASA BOTHA – RESTAURANT WINE SHOP - Casablanca
Family run restaurant with traditional rustic Italian and Chilean food.
Ruta 68, km 63 Calle Local (En route from Santiago)
+ 56 9743 12040
Tanino - Valparaiso
Winery restaurant situated at Viña Casas del Bosque. Superb food and wine pairing including stewed Wagyu beef...
Calle Hijuela 2, Centro Ex Fundo Sant, Valparaíso
+56 2377 9431
Macerado - Casablanca
Local cuisine, delicate and carefully selected, accompany you meal with Chilean wine from only the best vines. Taste the rabbit...
1685 Portales Avenue, Casablanca, 5th region
+56 32274 1453
Restaurante Viña Indómita - Casablanca
International. Winery restaurant perched upon a hill with stunning views of Casablanca Valley.
Ruta 68, km 63, Casablanca
+56 3215 3900
The climate in the Casablanca is perfect for white varieties, especially dry varieties:
- Sauvignon Blanc – Casablanca produces zesty sauvignon blanc’s perfect for the summer though the refreshing citrus flavours and aromas make it a perfect seafood accompaniment all year round.
- Chardonnay – thrives in the cool climate of Casablanca, a very popular choice due to its smooth well rounded finish.
- Riesling – great with spicy dishes the Riesling originated in Germany but its fruity and spicy flavours make have made it a must have grape throughout Europe.
- Viognier – the Viognier variety is fairly new to Chile compared with other varieties but has been embraced for its hints of peach and apricot.
Red varieties: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah.
Cool Mediterannean climate with pronounced maritime influence. Thick fog covers the coast of the Pacific Ocean keeping the climate cool in coastal regions.
The soil varieties in the Casablanca Valley are predominantly sandy loam atop of clay.
How to get there
The Casablanca Valley wine region of Chile is 75 km North-West from the captial Santiago, about an hour's drive. The Casablanca Valley is on Ruta 68, which runs from Santiago to Viña del Mar and Valparaiso at the Pacific Coast.
If you are planning a trip to one of the wine valleys from Santiago there are a number of ways you might consider to get there. You can hire a taxi or rent a car. If you choose to do so, it is recommended that you make a reservation with the wineries you plan to visit in advance.
Tip: Consider hiring a car with a group as public transport is not readily available and taxis can be quite expensive.