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Casablanca Valley

Chile’s coastal wine valleys

Casablanca Valley

Chile’s move toward cool-climate viticulture began 25 years ago when innovative winemakers dared to suggest planting in the pre-coastal region of Casablanca Valley.  Chardonnay continues to reign, but Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir – two of Chile’s most attention-grabbing varietals – are on the rise. Now with time and experience under their belts, growers have better identified the ideal locations for each variety in this valley that has many distinctive microclimates born of small valleys, rivers, rises and vegetation, as well as varied terroirs. 

Major wine varieties from the Casablanca Valley: Malbec, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Riesling 

Neihboring wine valleys of note include:

San Antonio Valley

Once known primarily as a working port, the inland part of San Antonio has proven fruitful for bold growers who use the cool ocean breezes to their advantage. San Antonio is now a premium area for producing cool, weather-loving grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. Despite some challenging environmental conditions, distinctive crisp and mineral-edged wines make the effort well worth the trouble. 

Leyda Valley

This could be considered a subsection of the San Antonio Valley, an area with a strong cooling Pacific influence from the Humboldt Current. It has granite soil, with rolling hills at up to 30 degrees of incline. The Leyda Valley is known for its Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc wines, but also produces Chardonnay, Riesling, and Sauvignon Gris, the last two of which are a bit unusual, though not unheard of for Chile.  

Major wine wine varieties from the San Antonio/Leyda Valleys: Syrah, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Sauvignon Gris. 


Recommendable all-year though we suggest harvest time (Vendimia), which varies between March and May each year.


Driving from Santiago: Approx. 1.5 hours

Good to know

Language: Spanish Currency: Chilean Peso (CLP) Visas/fees: Travel to Chile does not require a visa for US/US/EU/CAN/AUS travelers. AUS citizens must pay a reciprocity fee.

What to do in Casablanca Valley, Chile

Wine Tasting At La Recova

Trip Inspiration

Garage wine trail >>

Sunset Bike Ride in Casablanca Valley

Upscape Moments

Cycle through the vineyards and country roads

Locals in Casablanca Valley

Upscape Moments

Visit local artisans and queserías

Villard Family Estate

Upscape Moments

Private lunch with winemaker at Villard family estate

helicopter tour of casablanca valley

Upscape Moments

See the colorful valleys from above with a helicopter flight

Ready to go? Here’s what to pack

Chile’s coastal wine valleys enjoy warm, sunny days and cool, breezy nights. Dressing in layers is recommended, as well as exercise gear if you like to explore the land on bike like we do.

  • Closed-toed shoes, including boots in colder months, for walking through the vineyards
  • Cycling or workout clothing, if you wish to actively explore
  • Layered clothing
  • Sunblock (summer sun is especially strong)

Travel tunes: Playlists for Chile’s Wine Country

Where to stay: Overnight Recommendations


Casona Matetic

The vibe: Elegant, tranquil boutique hotel

The location: Nestled on the grounds of Matetic Vineyard in the scenic San Antonio Valley

Good for: Those looking to be swept away by vineyard charm

Casa Macaire In Casablanca Chile

Casa Macaire

The vibe: Peaceful and private

The location: A private vineyard estate in Casablanca Valley

Good for: Private groups or families looking for all the comforts of home in a vineyard

Tips from our Team

  • The coastal Chilean wine regions are not to be missed, even if you are just passing through Santiago! Heading directly from the Santiago airport to the valleys is a great way to start your stay in Chile.
  • Seek the small-production wineries, especially members of MOVI (which stands for Movement of Independent Winemakers in Spanish) who are dedicated to the art of winemaking at a human-scale