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Casablanca (Chile)

The wine growing area Valle de Casablanca (Casablanca Valley) is located 60 kilometers north of the capital Santiago between the Andes and the coastal cordilleras in Chile. Together with the two areas of Aconcagua and San Antonio, it forms the Aconcagua region. Its proximity to the Pacific Ocean ensures constant humidity due to the strong morning mists. The vineyards cover almost 4,000 hectares of vineyards on mineral-rich and highly clayey soils. The area is particularly suitable for white wine varieties of the dominant Chardonnay, as well as Sauvignon Blanc and also the Riesling, which is rare in Chile, occupying 75% of the area. The most important red wine varieties are Pinot Noir and Merlot

The area was only opened up for viticulture at the beginning of the 1980s by the oenologist Pablo Morandé. A wine tourist attraction is the "Ruta Aéreo del Vino", where a small aircraft flies over the vineyards of the Casablanca and Maipo valleys and makes stops at well-known wineries. Well known producers are Carmen, Casas del Bosque, Concha y Toro, Indómita, Lapostolle, Laroche, Morandé, Santa Carolina, Santa Rita, Terranoble, Veramonte, Villard, Viña Casablanca, Viñedos Emiliana.

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