Sunday, December 18, 2011

Casablanca - Casas del Bosque

  There is a beautiful valley midway between Santiago and the ocean.  It is a cool climate vineyard area that produces world quality Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.  They also grow Pinot Noir and Syrah and bring in other varieties from the central valley, two hours drive to the south.  We visited a wonderful new winery, Casas del Bosque.   The vines were planted in 1998 and the winery built in 2000 but they are already winning awards.  Their Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was fantastic and the Sauvignon Blanc won best of Chile in 2010.
  The tour was delightful.  They have 23 wind machines on their 245 hectares to protect from the spring frosts.  But at this point there are plenty of small grapes growing so they have succeeded in protecting the 2012 crop.  This is a beautiful land for both fruit and grapes..

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