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Casablanca (Chile)

The Valle de Casablanca (Casablanca Valley) wine-growing area is located 60 kilometres north of the capital Santiago de Cile between the Andes and the coastal cordillera in Chile(South America). 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 heavy morning fog. The vineyards cover around 4,000 hectares of vines on mineral-rich and highly clayey soils. They are particularly suitable for white wine varieties, which occupy 75% of the area. The Chardonnay variety dominates, followed by Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. The most important red wine varieties are Pinot Noir and Merlot. The area was developed for viticulture in the early 1980s by oenologist Pablo Morandé. One wine tourism attraction is the "Ruta Aéreo del Vino", which involves flying over the vineyards of the Casablanca and Maipo valleys in a small aeroplane and making stops at wineries. Well-known producers include 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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