Casablanca

 

General: This region began to be planted only at the beginning of the eighties, when the winemaker Pablo Morandé compared the clay and wet coastal climate with the growing conditions in California. Before then only potatoes and livestock were cultivated in this area. He began to plant vineyards and this valley became the first coastal valley of Chile and began the search for new terroirs. It is nowadays particularly well known for its cool crispy white wines.

Situated only 80 Km North-West of Santiago city and 18 Km from the Pacific Ocean, this area has interesting diversity of micro-climates and soil types.

Climate: Has maritime influence, cold weather climate, morning fog and a temperature range between day and night that favors the slow ripening of the grapes. Given the ideal climate, most of this valley is dedicated to Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

The mornings witness fog and then at midday the sea breeze comes through. So it is common for a normal Spring day in the valley to be very cloudy in the morning and then slowly cleared as the temperature increases and the mist appears. This influx of cold is due to the Humboldt Current which comes of the Chilean coast from the Pacific Ocean. The marine currents affect the subzones in different ways creating a marked difference in the maturation period for each subzone; in the colder areas closer to the sea the grapes mature slowly.

The valley receives about 500 mm of rain per year, mainly concentrated between May and October and is dry from November to April.

Soils: Alluvial, medium quality, shallow. The soils here naturally contain clay and are rich in decomposed minerals.

Varietals (hectares):

  • Chardonnay (2.269)
  • Sauvignon Blanc (1.932)
  • Pinot Noir (710)
  • Merlot (397)
  • Syrah (108)
  • Gewurztraminer (65)
  • Viognier (48)

 

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