The 2017 Vendimia season, to mark the harvest of our wine grapes here in Chile, is in full swing. This weekend the Casablanca Valley celebrates its version. Known for its fresh whites and cool climate reds, the main urban community of the valley takes the same name. It will be the stage for its vendimia festival this weekend, March 25th and 26th.
Casablanca is known for cold nights, foggy mornings and hot days. It gets fresh Pacific winds and has a sandy soil, and only recently did it become a hotspot for Chile’s wine. Its a convienent stop on the way to Valparaiso, and we include visits there on two of our standard tours (Casablanca Wine Valley Tour and the Pacific Palate).
The valley’s vedimia is one of the newer ones, in its fifth year now, and what we love about Casablanca is that it is home to a number of quality boutique vineyards like Bodegas Re, Kingston Family Vineyards, Loma Larga, to name a few. It is also one of the most accessible valleys to visit from Santiago, with the coastal bound highway 68 taking you straight to the source. Along with Valparaiso it is also one of the “Great Wine Capitals” of the world. One of Chile’s best places for wine tours, wine tasting and wine pairings.
The festival is in Casablanca’s Plaza de Armas from 12:00 to 20:00 Saturday and Sunday., and prices for a wine glass plus 3 tastings run from 6000 to 12000 pesos depending on the option, with at least 12 vineyards participating.
See more (Spanish) on the Casablanca Wine Route webpage.