Thinking about visiting some of the best Casablanca Valley Wineries from Santiago and not sure which to choose? Keep reading to find out more.
Chile makes some of the best wines in the world. With a winemaking history dating back to the 16th century, Chile has emerged as a global heavyweight in the wine industry.
The country’s unique geography probably helps too. Located between the towering Andes and the vast Pacific Ocean, Chile’s long shape means that pretty much all world climates can be found within its borders. However, it’s the country’s Central Region that’s a real viticultural paradise.
Vineyards in Chile are some of the most developed in the new world not to mention beautiful and this especially goes for the Casablanca Valley wineries.
The Casablanca Valley is located in Chile’s Central Region and it’s one of the closest to Santiago of all of Chile’s wine regions. It lies on the road to Valparaiso and if you’ve been there, no doubt you’d have driven right through it.
The Casablanca Valley is home to many different Chilean vineyards growing mainly white wine grape varieties, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc to name a couple so it’s really the white Casablanca wines you want to sample when visiting.
Keep reading to find out more about the best Casablanca Valley wineries, which to visit and everything you need to know to plan your trip.
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Which Chile Vineyards Can You Find in the Casablanca Valley?
There are about 12 established vineyards in the Casablanca Valley. Some other larger Chilean vineyards also grow their white wine grape varieties here even though their actual winery is located elsewhere.
In the Casablanca Valley, you’ll find the following vineyards:
- Viñedos Veramonte (Casona veramonte)
- Emiliana Organic Vineyards
- Loma Larga
- Casas del Bosque
- Villard Fine Wines
- Viña Quintay
- William Cole
- La Recova
- Kingston Family Vineyards
I’ve personally visited most of these during my 6 years of living in Chile. The following are my favourites all for different reasons.
Getting to the Casablanca Valley Chile
Due to their proximity to Santiago, the Casablanca Valley wineries make the perfect day trip from the big city. Public transportation connections here aren’t good so I’d really recommend a tour or renting a car for this trip to make the most out of your day.
If you don’t want to rent a car, I’d highly recommend taking a tour of the wine regions, especially if you are limited on time. It’s possible to visit many different vineyards on a tour and you’ll have the opportunity to taste the wine, learn about the process and be guided by a qualified sommelier.
Another great way to get around is by rental car. This way you can see all the vineyards you like at your own pace. When you rent a car you can also visit some of the best boutique vineyards which tours just don’t go to.
Do note, however, that some vineyards, especially the smaller ones, work with a reservations-only policy and their tours all seem to start at different times of the day, so I’d recommend you check the vineyard’s websites and reserve tours before you go.
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Best Wineries in Casablanca Chile
1. Emiliana Organic Wines
Emiliana is one of the only organic, sustainable and biodynamic wineries in Casablanca Valley Chile so
Their wine is delicious and best enjoyed at the vineyard itself, surrounded by vines on rolling hills and in the hands of very welcoming hospitality.
Emiliana prides itself on its organic and natural convictions and its tour
Reserve at least one day in advance which you can do on their website here.
2. Viña Casas del Bosque
Out of all the Casablanca Valley wineries, Casas del Bosque is definitely one you can’t miss. This vineyard makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a Tuscan villa.
The main building as you come in is wonderfully Italian with perfectly manicured lawns and areas with sun loungers and sofas to relax. Surrounding the main building are rolling hills of vines.
At this vineyard, you can get to Casa Mirador which is behind the main building at the top of the hill. From here you have 180-degree views over the whole valley. It’s pure magic.
The best thing about Casa del Bosque apart from the views and wine is the restaurant. I would definitely recommend having lunch here as the food is world-class.
Grab yourself a table on the terrace for gorgeous garden views. This is quite a large vineyard so no need to reserve ahead of time. I’d recommend coming during the week if you can as at the weekends it does get busy. Check out their website here for more details.
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3. Villard Fine Wines
Villard is a small, family-run, boutique vineyard right in the heart of the Casablanca Valley.
The family has their roots in France and Australia so you could certainly say they know what they’re doing. The vineyard is small but gorgeous- you could easily just stroll around the premises all day and sip wine.
Their wine is absolutely delicious and some of the best wine I have tasted in Chile – even if you don’t visit, make sure to pick up a bottle in Santiago. Tours are conducted by the owners themselves and they include wine of your choice as well as a great cold menu and cheese board.
You can also dine at their winery at the Bistro Chez Villard, where you can try delicious local food paired with their top wines.
Due to the vineyard being small and family-run, reservations for tours are necessary. Click here for more details.
4. Casona Veramonte
Casona Veramonte is the first vineyard as you come into the Casablanca Valley. It’s largely flat and can easily be explored on foot.
They also adhere to organic farming practices and use compost made from last year’s harvest remains.
You’ll also see many sheep at this Casablanca Valley winery. They use the sheep as a natural lawnmower as well as using them for compost.
The grand, neo-classical building here transports back to ancient Rome with its lovely high ceilings and arches.
Veramonte also owns Ritual, Primus, Neyen as well as Casona Veramonte. These are premium lines that can be bought in their shop on-site for cheaper than a reseller in Santiago.
Click here to visit their website for more information and to reserve tours, tastings and even biking tours.
5. La Recova Wines
Another beautiful boutique vineyard, La Recova is located in a truly stunning location in Casablanca Valley surrounded by hills. The vineyard embodies a harmonious blend of old-world charm and contemporary viticultural practices.
Their famous Sauvignon Blanc is the wine to look out for here and it’s one of the best from any of the Casablanca wineries in Chile.
Make sure to book a tour and tasting at La Recova in advance as due to its small size, bookings are necessary. Check their website here.
Top Tips for Visiting the Casablanca Wine Region Chile
↠ To plan the best day out visiting the Casablanca wineries, aim for a tour in the morning, another vineyard with a good restaurant for late lunch and another final tour in the afternoon.
You can also combine a winery visit with a trip to Valparaiso however this will be rushed if you only have one day.
↠ The best way to move around the Casablanca Valley is by rental car.
↠ You need to make reservations for most wineries. Before visiting, head to their website to find information about visits, tours and hours.
↠ English tours are available in most wineries but Spanish tours are more frequent.
Any comments or questions about planning your visit to the Casablanca Valley wineries in Chile? Comment below and I’ll get back to you.
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