Destination Discovery: House of Morandé, Casablanca Valley, Chile

by Janis on November 3, 2011

Fabulous food, wine and views in Chile’s Casablanca Valley  

About half way between Santiago and the coastal city of Valparaí­so along Route 68 lays Chile’s Casablanca Valley.  Home to potatoes, blue berries and every kind of fruit and vegetable, Casablanca is often compared to the California Carneros wine region, growing chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, and Carménère.

In 1982 winemaker Pablo Morandé planted nearly 50 acres of white wine grapes popular for growing in California. Today, the Casablanca Valley produces most of Chile’s white wines.

We visited Santiago last November, and took a day trip to explore the Casablanca wine region. With its southern hemisphere location, November is late spring in Chile, the perfect time for wine touring.

Fabulous Food and Wine Pairings

It’s only fitting that the visionary of the valley has a superb place to showcase its wines with world class food. Our favorite stop was a wine pairing lunch at the House of Morandé.

You can site inside the contemporary glass and wood building or outside on a covered terrace – both with views of the surrounding vineyards.

We enjoyed multiple courses – from ceviche to seafood to lamb to beef to dessert – each matched with different appropriate Morandé wines.  There is a gift shop where you can buy your favorite bottles. Have you been to Chile? Or, do you like Chilean wines?  If so, please share your favorite in comments. 

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