I think the one thing that Chile is really famous for is that they produce great quality wine. The best and definitely most enjoyable way to experience Chilean wine is definitely at one of the many vineyards that surround Santiago! I had the opportunity to visit Casas Del Bosque a winery producing Chilean premium wines and famous for its boutique wine.
Casas del Bosque is located 70 km from Santiago and was established in 1993 to be a family boutique winery exclusively oriented to the production of high quality wines. We journeyed through the picturesque central valley of Chile to Casas del Bosque vineyards situated in the Casablanca Valley. This valley is famous for its fruit and cheeses and the perfect place for a boutique winery.
As it was the beginning of winter the last of the grapes had already been harvested and the vines were already leafless leaving a crisp and cold landscape behind. We were taken on a tour of the winery, learning about Chile’s wines and how they are produced in these marvelous surroundings.
The main philosophy of Casas del Bosque is to produce quality wine using the most updated technology while preserving the traditions of the past.
The grapes are hand-harvested, selecting only the best bunches on a selection table. Then, a second careful selection is made on a vibrating table that allows for the detection of problem grapes, leaves, and pieces of stalk. Although they preserve traditions the grapes are no longer crushed by foot which I suppose can lead to some questionable health standards.
Currently, Casas del Bosque has 232 productive hectares of vines and their production reaches 90,000 cases per year. Over 80% of their production is exported abroad.
Their modern cellar has an area of 2,500 square meters holding almost a thousand barrels and a storage capacity of approximately 225,000 liters. This cellar is equipped with a modern temperature and humidity control system, with temperatures between 14-16 degrees Celsius. I would definitely recommend you bring a jumper along otherwise a visit to these cellars could turn into quite a chilly affair.
All the barrels are made of fine grain French Oak, selected by their winemaking team, who chooses them thinking about each of our wines, so each comes from a different cooper, forest, grain, and toast, according to the needs of each wine.
After learning how they produce these lovely wines we got to enjoy a wine tasting in the company of a crackling fire! We got to taste both of their white and lovely red wines that they produce here on the farm. Before tasting each wine you could actually smell the distinct flavours of pepper or vanilla that the different blends contained.
The wine here was absolutely fabulous and if I had more space in my luggage I would definitely have bought a bottle or two to take home with me!!
I did buy some wine-jelly from the winery that I heard is delicious with cheese and olives. Can’t wait to try this out with a couple of friends when I get back home.