Valparaiso, located in the V region of Chile, is considered one of the most important ports of the country and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003.
Named by Don Juan de Saavedra after his hometown and officially named the Port of Santiago in 1544 by Pedro de Valdivia, Valparaiso developed steadily to offer facilities for port services. The increasing importance of Valparaiso as the first port of the Pacific, made the colonial road linking the port with Santiago an important route for the country. Despite not having a formal foundation as a city, it is today an important administrative, commercial and cultural centre and university town.
Located only 40 miles away is one of the most important valleys in the country, the beautiful Casablanca Valley. Originally named Santa Barbara de Casablanca, it was founded in 1753 in tribute to the wife of Ferdinand VII.
Nowadays Casablanca and Valparaiso are experiencing steady economic progression. These two cities are growing day by day thanks to their principal activities which for the city of Valparaiso, is its port and for Casablanca, its vineyards and wine production. Route 68, a modern road, quick and easy to access, connects Santiago, the capital of Chile with these two cities, thus allowing the area to emerge as a major business hub.
Valparaiso’s main features in terms of tourism are its houses teetering on the hills, its funiculars and its people. Due to the geographical distribution of Valparaiso, places like Mirador Portales, Mirador Hope, Mirador O'Higgins, Mirador Marina Mercante, 21 de Mayo, Paseo Yugoslav, Paseo Gervasoni, Paseo Atkinson and Dimalow are ideal locations to enjoy outstanding panoramic views of the city port. More recently, several boutique hotels, restaurants and shops have opened, making Valparaiso a bohemian city with a variety of things to enjoy.
As for the region of Valparaiso, its main attraction is undoubtedly its unique architecture and the beautiful vineyards and wineries that make up the Casablanca Valley wine route. Tourists can visit the twelve wineries all year round including organic vineyards such as Emiliana and Matetic, boutique wineries like Casas del Bosque, Kingston, Loma Larga and Catrala, and traditional wineries such as Viña Mar, Veramonte, Indomita, Quintay, as well as a wine tourism centre which focuses on Chilean traditions called Estancia El Cuadro. For more information: www.valpovinaturismo.cl
Both the wine valley and the port city are proud to be part of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.
Casablanca is nowadays considered one of the Premium cold climate valleys producing excellent white and red wines and a range of other quality varieties that have earned great international prestige. Casablanca is the birthplace of the best Sauvignon Blanc in Chile, followed closely by excellent Chardonnay and other white varieties such as Late Harvest.
Among the red varieties, the most characteristic are the excellent cold-climate Pinot Noir and Syrah that have been the most recent success stories in Chile. However, Casablanca offers a large diversity of soils and some vineyards have started to grow Cabernet Franc and Malbec.
Along with these wines, Casablanca has ventured into the production of sparkling wine, thanks to the quality of their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Wine of the Region
The Casablanca Valley, thanks to being located at the foot of the Mountain range of the coast, part of the plantations is found on the ground of granite in advance state of decomposition, while the soils are clayey-silty-sandy. This are soils highly permeable and middle depth, that along with the cold influence of the ocean and its Mediterranean climate, create a slow ripening. It translates in fresh wines with a balanced acidity, along with aromas and delicate flavors. Almost 90% planted corresponds to Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Merlot y Syrah.
The last updated of the vines planted in the Casablanca Valley, published by the Livestock Agricultural Service of Chile during 2018, which records the vines planted during the year 2017, states that in the Valley there are currently 5,756 hectares between white and red varieties, being 2420 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc, 1734 of Chardonnay, 978 of Pinot Noir, 249 of Merlot and 126 of Syrah.
Valparaíso Casablanca Valley It is a destination that complements various activities, giving those who visit us, incredible possibilities to live unforgettable tourist and wine experiences.
Valparaíso, port city, is the cultural and legislative capital of Chile and a world-class tourist destination, It has a hotel capacity of more than 900 rooms distributed in accommodations for all tastes, such as 3 and 4 star hotels, and attractive boutique hotels with superior standards, in remodeled mansions and palaces. This dynamic, colorful and cosmopolitan city, has various tourist attractions, picturesque hills that stand out for urban art, lounges and event centers in historical buildings and activities linked to the nocturnal bohemian.
On the other hand, in the Casablanca Valley you can experience new flavors, aromas and colors, with a drink in your hand, admiring our vineyards. The ideal day begins with a tour of the vineyard. To start with energy, we can choose a bike tour, to actively explore the place and enjoy nature. A picnic and a tasting among the trees, sounds ideal. Among the attractions that the vineyards from the valley give us, we can find the first Casablanca Wine Museum, walk on live ceilings over the wine cellar, biodiversity, coexistence with farm animals, horseback riding, carriage rides through the vineyards, meals outdoors and tasting the best cold weather wines.
Heritage and History
The Casablanca Valley is a powerful source of Cultural Diversity and Tourism to Valparaiso City, and the proximity with Santiago City and its main Highway. Route 68, makes the Valley an easy access place, at just 40 minutes from the Chilean Capital and 30 minutes from the gorgeous city of Viña del Mar.The pairing between Sea food from the coast, and the wines from the Valley, is just perfect, enlarging the perfect conection of the two cities, all this combined makes it one of the 10 World Wine Capitals.
Valparaiso, Humanity Heritage by the Unesco and Chilean Cultural Capital, with neverending sunsets, colors that seems to be teared out of the hills, small streets, stately buildings, witnesses of yesteryears and luminous evenings, reflected on the ocean, has a unique mixture of Culture, Social and Historical elements, build thrue the years.
On the other hand, Casablanca with its overwhelming landscapes, huge vineyards, warm days and cold nights, have the perfect conditions to the production of Premium cold climate wines, among the standing with exelence the Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Merlot.
In Valparaiso there are nine universities offering careers related to the world of wine, food and tourism, a mainstay today considering the economy of the region.
These institutions produce highly trained professionals to serve the industry that is growing day by day in the region:
- Universidad de Valparaíso
- Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
- Universidad Adolfo Ibañez
- Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María
- Instituto Profesional DUOC UC
- Universidad de Playa Ancha (UPLA)
- Universidad Santo Tomás
- Universidad Viña del Mar
- Universidad Andrés Bello
- Universidad Tecnológica de Chile INACAP