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Casablanca Valley is located just north west of the Chilean capital, Santiago. With a coastal Mediterranean climate, it’s much cooler than most of the country’s other wine regions and in the mid-1980s, Casablanca became the first region in Chile to grow cool climate grapes.It is Casablanca’s cooling morning fog and afternoon breezes that ensures wines from this area stand out from local rivals. Greater complexity is derived from longer ripening periods, without sugar and acid balance being compromised.The combination of cool nights, misty mornings and hot days provide Casablanca with the perfect conditions for growing top-rate Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Aromatic grape varieties such as Viognier and Gewürztraminer are on the rise and Casablanca Valley’s Merlot and Cabernet Franc are increasingly attention-worthy.As such, wines from Casablanca Valley can sometimes be compared with those grown in the Loire Valley in France and Marlborough in New Zealand.