Chile is a leading world wine producer and exporter, recognized for its premium wines, giving it a hard won status among the specialized media. The wine tourism routes showcase the history, the process for each variety and always end with wine tastings that perfectly complement the regional gastronomy. picturesque restaurants with traditional food blend with the pace of daily city life, giving a traveler a glimpse into the culture of its people. Each area in Chile has its own culinary identity, influenced by the traditions of its native inhabitants.
Located 68 kilometers away from Santiago, Casablanca has become one of the most important valleys in the country because of its beautiful landscape and privileged micro-climate that allows the grapes a slow maturation, increasing its potential for the elaboration of wine varieties like Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The valley is home to the beautiful, peaceful rural towns of Lagunillas, Las Dichas, Melosillas and Maitenes, where you can enjoy traditional country celebrations such as the Encuentro de payadores internacional (International meeting of improvised poetry).
Concha y Toro Vineyard
A park with hundred-year-old trees, traditional vineyards and wineries, the Concha y Toro Vineyard is located in the Maipo Valley. Among its wine varieties you will find the famous Casillero del Diablo, or The Devil’s Cellar. The name of this wine refers to a story invented by the vineyard’s owners to scare away possible burglars.
This vineyard was founded by Francisco Undurraga, one of the pioneers of Chilean viticulture. He brought native grapes from France and Germany and developed his first vineyards in the Santa Ana area located in Talagante, 34 kilometers from Santiago. It was here in 1885 that Undurraga planted some of the first grapevines, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Gewürstraminer, and in 1903 he was already exporting to the United States.