Casablanca Chile’s Wine Country & Legendary Bodegas RE Winery
For all of you fellow wine lovers you need to know about Chile’s Casablanca Wine Region and better, yet experience it yourself! The Casablanca Valley is a wine-producing region 47 miles northwest of Santiago and 21 miles south of Valparaiso. The valley takes its name from the commune of Casablanca and stretches roughly (19 miles) east to west. Vines were first planted here in the mid-1980s during the revitalization of the Chilean wine industry and quickly became known for its white wines including Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, as well as Pinot Noir, which thrives in its cooler climate. This Chilean region has some of the most exciting, inventive wines I’ve ever experienced.
If you’re visiting Casablanca Bodegas RE is a must see! Bodegas RE was the first winery we visited, which in hindsight, may have been a mistake…. I say that because it’s pretty hard (nearly impossible) to top Bodegas RE. Since their owner & wine maker Pablo is the most well-known wine maker in Chile visiting his winery is quite the experience. After working for Concha y Toro he left to start his own brand Bodegas RE. He was the first wine maker to make wine in the Casablanca Valley and after another 20 or so followed. His brand is known for very inventive exciting wines as you’ll see in the tasting photos below. A few of the most interesting wines we tasted were a Pinotel, Chardonnoire, and a Cabernan. You’ll see in the pictures not only does Bodegas RE make wine, they also have delicious Olive Oil & Balsamic vinegar which they age extensively (some up to 18 years) resulting in a delicious product.
I highly recommend visiting Bodegas RE during a visit to Chile’s Casablanca Valley. I would suggest saving this as your last stop since it’s truly the King of Casablanca Wine Region and hard to top! Camino a lo Ovalle km 1.3. Casilla 175, Casblanca. Valparaiso, Chile, Casablanca 2480298, Chile. +56322741234.
Some of the most gorgeous barrels I’ve ever seen!
Experiencing the wine tasting in the wine cellar/cave
The Clay Jars Bodegas used to ferment
Our awesome host Rodrigo. Notice how relax and laid back he is. Welcome to Chile!
The barrels of Balsamic Vinegar aging