A few weeks ago I visited Viña Emiliana in the Casablanca Valley which is just west of Santiago heading towards the coast. I have to admit I wasn’t too excited about this trip. It was raining in Santiago, and the prospect of visiting a vineyard in the middle of winter when there is nothing on the vines had me feeling less than enthused. However, as we crossed through the second tunnel on Route 68, the weather changed completely. The sun was shining and the valley glistened green.
The tour was also very interesting. Our guide was very informed and really passionate about her work. Emiliana is a vineyard that uses organic and biodynamic grapes, and it was really interesting to learn about the history of biodynamics and how the theories are used at the vineyard. Even though Emiliana is owned by the same people that own wine giant Concha y Toro, it was obvious that at least at the Casablanca site, the company really cares about their workers. They even provide a place for each worker to have their own garden!
The wine tasting was also delicious. I’m the exact opposite of a wine expert, though. Give me four kinds of wine and a cheese platter with a gorgeous view out the window and I’d probably be happy if they were all box wine. 🙂
Also, the best part. There were animals.