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Did you ever consider going on a wine tasting trip as if you were one of the richest individuals in the world? All is possible as you visit the luxurious wineries, lush wine grape vineyards, picturesque landscape and a cool Mediterranean climate here at Chile’s Casablanca Valley. This part of Chile has been considered as the country’s wildest growing wine regions. It is likewise the venue where the most crisp and most preferred white wines such as Chardonnay and other famous wines are produced.
The Casablanca Valley occupies nineteen miles in area and margins Valparaiso province of Chile. Established during the 1980s, was the first vineyard ever planted anywhere in the region. Having been the place on Earth to find various kinds of wines, Casablanca has been famous for yielding the crispiest white wines including that of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. They vineyard’s primary white grapes are Gewurtztraminer, Viognier, and Riesling.
This luscious place in accessibly located just about forty-four miles away from Santiago which is the country’s capital region. This distance may be traveled for only about an estimated time of one hour’s drive. Because of which, it would be most preferred if you were to have a tremendous weekend getaway or day trip to maximize your fill of the region’s treasures. In order for you to enjoy the road trip, it is adviced that you should rent a car and drive yourself to the Casablanca Valley giving you the pleasure of touring the carious vineyards depending on your mood and itinerary or for as long as you want. If you just wish to cut to the chase and just directly engage in wine tasting and save yourself from all the hustle and bustle of making your way to the area’s most prominent tourist destinations, you may alternatively book for a guided tour around the place.
For those who wish to book for the tours, you may have the option of doing it for an entire day or for an overnight trip which is catered by most of the tour companies in town. Generally, the Casablanca Valley tour’s itinerary composes of air-conditioned transport services that will take you to and fro your accommodation choice located in Santiago, a bilingual tourist guide to assist you on your journey and a personal driver that will take you to the tour places. The primary activity that you will surely be most fond of during the tour would be the visits to the different wineries in the area where you will engage in glamorous wine tasting activities. During the wine tasting, you would also probably be offered lunch in one of the wineries such as Vioa Casas del Boque and Vioa Veramonte. The winery tours would generally cost you about $250 up to $350 per head.
Because of its established reputation as being the finest location that produce the finest wines, you will be able to find various wineries all around Casablanca Valley. The most visited and famous ones are that of Casas de Boqie, Kingston Family Vineyards and that of Loma Larga Winery. The Casas del Bosque has been known to be that of a family boutique winery whose core goal is to yield high quality wines such as Chardonnay, Syrah, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. It is also fortified with tourist amenities such as a winery shop where you can bring some of the finest wines home with you, tasting rooms which will allow you to have a taste of the finest wines, a playground where the kids can enjoy themselves while you’re savoring your wine, and a hotel where you will be welcomed with a barrel room and conduct the Harvest Experience Program during the harvesting months so make sure you travel here during such time to maximize the experience of Casablanca Valley. There also lies the popular Tanino Bar and Restaurant located inside Casas del Bosque where you may feast on roasted lamb or salmon ceviche complimented by the winery’s marked wines.
Another vineyard called the Kingston Family Vineyards is a much smaller establishment than that of the previous one but is altogether a must-visit tourist destination as they likewise produce high quality brands for wines such as the Pinot Noire, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. If you would go on a tour here at the Kingston Family Vineyards, you will get to witness how this establishment yield their wines and might even get a chance to taste them. Similar to the other vineyard, this establishment also has its own accommodation services such as a restaurant and a spa. Red wines such as the Malbec and Cabaernet Franc which are cool climate red wines are the Loma Larga Winery’s forte. Due to such products, the establishment gained its international recognition and fame. Loma Larga caters to a wine tour, tasting, lodging and dining choices as well as the other two.
Now for the best time to visit Casablanca Valley. Since there are a lot more things to do here during the harvest season, you should prefer to tour this lavish region during the month of March which is the summer season in the area. It is the most ideal time to visit because during which, you will be able to witness the wine production process as they would demonstrate firsthand how they make the wine with the freshly harvested grapes. If you’re not available during March, you may also come down during the months of April or May since, after harvest season on March, it would be the time of the year where the wine would change into various colors. If, you may not be available during the months of March until May, do not fret. You can still visit Casablanca Valley since the region welcomes its visitors at any time of the year apart from major holidays where they would be closed.