So I am going a little out of order but I was excited to write this post. Casablanca Valley, Chile is one of the younger, colder wine regions in Chile with many "boutique" wineries. Casablanca Valley is mostly known for its white wines like Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, but also for a few reds such as Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah. I had such a great time in Casablanca Valley. We stayed at a cute B&B, met a fun taxi driver and his father, visited a bunch of wineries, and tired ALL the wine.
We took a Turbus from Valparaiso, Chile to Casablanca Valley. We had just a short ride (30 minutes or so) and knew the bus would drop us off at the plaza in Casablanca and we would make the short walk to our B&B. As our bus was driving through town we passed our B&B so we knew we were getting close to the plaza. Somehow our bus got stuck in a funeral procession which ended at the plaza. We begin to collect our belongings when the bus speeds up and heads down the road. Nope, not stopping at the plaza. We rush to the front to get the driver to stop and let us off. We are a good 1.5/2 miles from our B&B now. After unsuccessfully flagging down a cab. We made the trek to the B&B, bags and all.
We finally made it to Umawtu Bed and Wine. We booked using booking.com which has become our primary hotel, B&B, and hostel reservation site for this trip. Use this link to save $20 on any booking anywhere! The family that owns the B&B was at the hospital having a baby but their staff took great care of us. The whole house was well maintained, breakfast was amazing, and they did a fabulous job helping us plan where to go and arranging a taxi. We recommend this place of you are visiting the area.
We quickly made friends with our taxi driver Alejandro and made arrangements with him (and his father) to be our driver for most of our time there. Our first stop was Kingston Family Vineyard. We were lucky enough that they were between tours when we arrived and they were able to do a make shift tasting for us. I would recommend contacting them for a tour or tasting. Ben did such a great job with the tasting! He was energetic and knowledgeable. He even gave us some great recommendations for the rest of our visit. This was a perfect first stop!
Our taxi arrived and off we went to the next winery: Casa Del Bosque. We quickly discovered that the wineries in the area all close around 5:30/6pm. So rather than doing a tasting we decided to grab dinner and a bottle of wine. They had a great outdoor sitting area but being a Friday and with no reservation we had to sit inside. Which was just as nice. Our meal was delicious and we even had time to shop the wine store before they closed. I recommend making a reservation.
When our taxi driver Alejandro dropped us off we made arrangements for his father (Papi as we fondly referred to him) to pick us up in the morning. We had read in a blog that you could walk between the four wineries on the main road. So we picked the last winery out of town and thought we would walk our way back towards to town. However, we quickly realized as the taxi flew down the road that these wineries were much farther apart than this blog led on. So as we were getting dropped off at Veramonte we asked Papi to return in 1.5 hours.
Veramonte was probably my favorite stop during our trip. We were immediately greeted by the staff who gave us a ton of different options for experiencing their winery. They had many options for tours, tour with tasting, just simple tastings, and food and wine pairings. We choose a food and wine pairing. We were able to try five of their wines (really six as she pulled out an additional one for us to try based on our tastes) The food and wine pairing was perfect. The young lady that walked us through each wine was super sweet and had the best attitude. You could tell she really enjoyed her part time weekend job.
Papi arrived and took us to our next winery, Emiliana Organic Vineyard. This winery was definitely unique with the animals roaming around. There were roosters and chickens walking about as well as a group of llamas enjoying life. The grounds were beautiful as was the tasting room. We were lucky when we arrived there were open seats at the bar and were quickly served. We decided not to do an official tasting but instead to just to try a few glasses. The server asked us a few questions and then pulled out his recommendations. After a tasting a few glasses we shopped in the store and left with a bottle of Late Harvest.
We decided take a bit of a break and walk to the next winery. While it wasn't that bad of a walk it was a trek and along the main road.
Our last stop in Casablanca Valley was House. We knew they served dinner (not all wineries served food in this area) and had fabulous reviews. They had the most adorable indoor/outdoor dining area. They even had picnic tables in the vineyards. The menu was unique with us ordering squid ink risotto and fig ravioli. Both of which we loved. We ordered a bottle of Riesling and took one home with us.
We had the best time in the Casablanca Valley! It was my favorite thing about our time in Chile. I recommend anyone looking to visit one of the many wine regions in Chile to consider Casablanca Valley. To see more photos from our time here check out the Galleries section of this website.