Casas del Bosque
The winery was established in 1993 by Juan Cúneo Solari, the son of an Italian immigrant, in Chile's cool climate Casablanca Valley and 70 kilometres from the county's capital Santiago. The name comes from the large old pine and olive trees interspersed with abandoned adobe houses that defined the area – it means “houses in the woods”. Casas del Bosque remains family owned and managed today. Their wines are all made from estate-grown fruit and currently they have 235 hectares under vine. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Syrah are grown on the western side of the Casablanca Valley, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Carménère planted in the Maipo, Colchagua and Chachapoal Valleys as these red varietals need a little more warmth. They have some unique soils in the hills formed, 110 million years ago beneath the Pacific Ocean, of volcanic origin consisting of red clay on a decomposed granite substrata, which lends the wines an idiosyncratic sea salt character. Commitment to the environment is integral to their philosophy, concentrating on quality rather than quantity. They are constantly in search of excellence, having invested in the most advanced viticultural technology. Every part of the oenological process is overseen by their professional winemaking team, and they take a minimal intervention approach to winemaking with judicious use of oak , creating pure and concentrated wines that reveal the character of Chile, and in particular the Casablanca valley. Casas del Bosque is now one of Chile's leading wineries who have gained global prestige and was chosen by IWSC [Internation Wines & Spirits Competition] as Chilean Wine Producer of the Year in 2013 and 2014.