Today I´m going to quote Patricio Tapia on the column he wrote at the El Mercurio newspaper. He wrote about Casablanca – together with Valparaiso – being nominated one of the Great Wine Capitals of the world:
“The Network of Great Wine Capitals is an organization that brings together ten of the most famous wine-producing areas in the world, and their goal is to promote tourism, traditions and trade among them. Until recently, in South America, Mendoza had been honored to be part of this group. Now Casablanca is also part of it.
But beyond the honor that involves being in the same list as Tuscany, Bordeaux, Rioja or Porto, to Casablanca it means a tremendous recognition of the quality of its wines, despite having a history which is the shortest among that distinguished group. The first vineyards in Casablanca were planted around 1982, just over three decades, which means almost nothing in the timeline of wine.
But in that “almost nothing” of history, Casablanca produced some of the most indispensable wines in the Chilean scene, whites and reds that have marked off the modern era of our wines.”
Going on the article (to read it, click on the image to the left), Patricio recommends some Casablanca wines you should taste. Being most know for the whites, he remarks “Casablanca’s climate allows wines made by grapes like Cabernet Franc, Merlot or Syrah to be different from the ones of the Central Valley, fresher wines, with less body, but also with more aromatic power. To Cabernet Franc, a good idea would be to take a look at Tunquen.”
This is why you should come to Casablanca. And being here, one should never miss Valparaiso, a port city that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003. Its houses teetering on the hills, its funiculars and its people are unique. More recently several boutique hotels, restaurants and shops have opened up there, a bohemian city with a variety of things to see and do.