Valparaiso | Casablanca Valley
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:
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.
Casablanca is the birthplace of the best Sauvignon Blanc in Chile, followed closely by excellent Chardonnay and other white varieties such as Late Harvest. Of 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 has a large diversity of wine types, 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.
The view from the hills out to sea is outstanding due to the geographical distribution of Valparaiso, making places like Mirador Portales, Mirador Hope, Mirador O'Higgins, Mirador Marina Mercante, 21 de Mayo, Paseo Yugoslav, Paseo Gervasoni, Paseo Atkinson and Dimalow, ideal locations to enjoy panoramic views of the port city. Undoubtedly, the main attraction of the region of Valparaiso is its unique architecture and the beautiful vineyards and wineries that make up the Casablanca Valley wine route.
Valparaiso, named by Don Juan de Saavedra after his hometown and officially named the Port of Santiago in 1544 by Pedro de Valdivia, developed steadily to offer facilities for port services. Despite not having a formal foundation as a city, Valparaiso is today an important administrative, commercial and cultural centre and university town.
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.