San Antonio Valley

About 60 or so miles south of the city of Valparaiso, we find the San Antonio Valley. The first vines were planted in this decidedly cool coastal zone in 1998. This valley runs parallel to the Pacific (whereas the Casablanca Valley, further north, runs inland from the sea and offers some warmer areas) and this climate seems to prefer early ripening grapes. All of San Antonio’s vineyards are currently planted on hillsides. Soils here are rather shallow and rocky with lots of clay and loam over a base of granite. A very long growing season can produce whites with more mineral characteristics and less tropical fruit than some counterparts in the Casablanca Valley.