Lying between the capital and the sea, Casablanca is one of the best places to experience Chile’s wine country and vineyards.
We set the Casablanca Valley apart as the most accessible wine valley from the capital, and full of unique wineries that have embraced the cool nights, foggy mornings and sunny afternoons which characterize the area. Once dominated by grazing cattle and livestock, the landscape of rolling hills with rows of vines below is the perfect backdrop to explore some of Chile’s most interesting wines.
Most vineyards are working with white and cool climate reds: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or Syrah are processed in both large and small wineries, each with its own unique take on winemaking and story behind it.
Once in the valley, we will visit three of its unique and innovative vineyards:
–Bodegas RE– formed by Pablo Morandé, whose family laid the groundwork that would lead the valley into what it is today. Bodegas RE prides itself on wines of unique character, and in doing so has turned back to the roots of Chilean wine making, employing large Amphora in their production. His son carries both his name, Pablo Morandé, and his love of wine, and has been highlighted as one of Chile’s young talents. The winery also produces its own artisan liquors and vinegar and has a cozy “Almacen” or general store, with their wines and local crafts from the area.
-Kingston Family Vineyards- Also a generational project, Kingston Family Vineyards started in 1918, marked by the arrival of Carl John Kingston from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Tucked away in a hidden corner of the Casablanca Valley, the project has evolved over the years, with roots in the mineral trade which would lead to agriculture, dairy cattle, grape growing and finally, wine. With a close relationship to Pinot Noir winemakers in Napa Valley, Kingston embodies a blend of Chilean terrior with its international roots. But most importantly are the stunning views of the valley and its award winning wines, all presented in an exclusive and detail orientated setting.
Casas del Bosque- Founded in 1993 Casas del Bosque has a spread of wines that cover the range of possibilities for the Casablanca Valley: Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc, and well as reds, Merlot, Carménère, Syrah and Pinot Noir. It also grows Cabernet Sauvignon in the not so far off Rapel Valley. Owned by the family behind one of Chile’s largest department stores, Falabella, but the project is under the guidance of an expert winemaking staff. The winemaking staff, who are permanently devoted to the Casas del Bosque project, is formed by the following professionals: Grant Phelps, Master in Science of Viticulture and Oenology at the Lincoln University of New Zealand; Patricio Aravena, Universidad Católica, Chile; Pilar González as the vineyard enologist advisor, with Hernán Amenabar, both from Universidad Católica, Chile. Their facilities and restaurant are an echo of the quality in their wines.
Loma Largo- Tracing their roots back to the great-grandfather of its current owners, Don Manuel Joaquín Díaz Escudero Alvarez de Toledo, who made successive trips to Europe and brought back with him cuttings of vines that would be planted here in Chile, founding the roots which would inspire the vineyard today. Nestled between hills, or lomas this boutique vineyard is under the care of winemaker Tamara Baeremaecker, whose 18 years of experience has put her at the head of Chile’s most celebrated wines, like mass wine maker Concha Toro’s coveted Don Melchor. But Loma Largo represents the contrast to the large vineyards, offering instead a peaceful corner of the Casablanca valley to provide a country and home-style setting for your visit.
House – Casa de Vino- A facility that offers everything a visitor might want to experience when visiting the Casablanca Valley. Owned by Grupo Belen, part of the Yarur family, whose patriarch Juan Yarur used success in the textile industry to enter the world of banking, wine, art and fashion. House Casa de Vino has a gourmet food store with local products from the valley and beyond, tasting facilities a full service restaurant and a green groove in the back for enjoying Chile’s fine Mediterranean weather. This is also a favorite of ours for lunch, with wine and food pairings orchestrated by its Chef Felipe Espinoso. His work in the kitchen reflects his time working abroad in Madrid and Brazil.
After our visits, we return to Santiago between 6-7pm, depending on the traffic.
Hotel pick up 8:30-9am, return to Santiago between 6-7pm.
- Transportation, bilingual guide, hotel pick up and drop off.
- Visits to three vineyards with tastings
- Vineyard lunch and wine pairing.
- A tasty, informative and enjoyable fun afternoon
- Bottle of water
- Please book tour with 48 hours’ notice
- Small Group tour with a minimum of 2 people and maximum of 12.
- We aim to please, so let us know any dietary restrictions or preferences in advance to arrange alternatives
- Also available as a private tour upon request for greater flexibility and personalization.
- Vineyard selection based on availability on the specific date.
- See our general tour conditions.
Price per Person: US$185 (small group price, ask about prices for private tours)