AT A GLANCE:
Position: No 30
Name of wine estate: Viña Casas del Bosque
Wine region: Casablanca Valley
Standout points: Award-winning restaurant Tanino; hands-on harvest experiences
Winemaker: Meinard Jan Bloem
Wine style: Cool-climate New World whites and reds
A warm welcome to Casablanca
Offering the warmest of welcomes to one of the coolest sections of the Casablanca Valley, Casas del Bosque is a postcard-pretty estate producing some of the most delicious wines in the region. Founded by Italian immigrant’s son Juan Cuneo Solari in 1993, Viña Casas del Bosque is located just 18km from the ocean, south of Valparaiso. Set among large old pines, olive trees and white adobe houses, this popular estate is replete with visitor attractions and activities.
Tune in or mellow out
During the warmer season, enjoy an idyllic picnic lunch amid the vines or tour the vineyards by mountain bike. Los Olivos dam is located in the middle of Casas del Bosque’s organic plantations. This is a place where you can disconnect from the world outside and tune into the nature around you. Mountain biking tours cater for both beginners and experienced cyclists – and culminate with a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc, whatever your skill level.
Naturally there is a good range of tastings and tours which last anywhere from 35 minutes to two hours.
Behind the scenes
During harvest (March-April), Casa del Bosque gives you the chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at how grapes are processed. The ultimate vineyard experience includes picking grapes, selecting them for processing and taking a wagon ride around the vineyard. Other hands-on experiences include becoming a winemaker for the day, where groups are invited to make their own special blends to be bottled, labelled and taken home as souvenirs.
You may reward yourself with lunch or dinner at the international award-winning Restaurant Tanino. Chef Álvaro Larraguibel serves an imaginative menu of recipes made from locally sourced ingredients and paired with Casas del Bosque’s premium wines. When the weather is fair, the Bo terrace is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of Casa del Bosque’s traditional-method sparkling wine and reflect on how very agreeable the world can sometimes be.