Visit San Antonio For Wine Tasting And A Horse Show In Casablanca
When we docked in San Antonio in Chile on our cruise around South America with Oceania Cruises, we headed out for wine tasting and a horse show in Casablanca. After our amazing views of nature on our cruise through the Chilean Fjords, we looked forward to a different kind of experience.
There were many different day trips available for our stop in San Antonio. But we were glad we headed inland to Casablanca.
The first stop was at the Casa Del Bosque Winery. We enjoyed a tour of the vineyard and the processing operation. And then we tasted our way through the red and white wine line up.
We continued on to the Puro Caballo Equestrian Centre. The horse show was fascinating. Lunch and a Pisco Sour treat added to the treats on this day trip.
Heading To Casablanca, Chile
We boarded our bus and headed out for our drive to Casablanca. We only got small glimpses of San Antonio as we passed.
As we drove through the countryside, we soon saw large farms on all sides. It was surprising how green the fields were with dry hills in the distance.
When we vineyards started to appear, we knew we were close to our first stop on our day trip for wine tasting and a horse show in Casablanca. Chile was a cold weather wine region. Similar to what we learned wine tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara, the cold Pacific brought in cold fog.
Casablanca was still a young wine region, having only started in the mid 1980s. When we visited there were over 20 wineries.
Walking Through The Casa Del Bosque Winery
We parked at the Casa Del Bosque Winery and our tour for the day started outside. It was a beautiful property with lots of outdoor areas to enjoy.
We moved to the vineyards and learned more about growing grapes in this climate in Chile. The vineyards went up into the surrounding hills. We were excited when we found full grapes on the vines that had just started to ripen. Visiting a winery at harvest time was always a treat.
From the vineyard we headed into the production facility. We saw rows of stainless steel tanks. Aisles of French oak barrels greeted us as we moved into the temperature controlled areas.
In the last room we found a large collection of barrels, a closed tasting room and a tasting session set up for another group. There were no samples for us here!
It was interesting to walk through the wine making process from the fields to barrel aging.
Wine Tasting At Casa Del Bosque Winery
We moved back into the lounge for 3 wine tastings. This region was known for white wine valley and late harvest vintages. In some places they planted Pinot Noir. We were told this was a red that wanted to be white! Syrah was also planted on the hills for the best weather.
We started with a fresh, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc. From there we moved to the Carmanere Reserve 2018. This was a new grape discovery for us on this trip. We found it balanced and smooth, with no bite up front and a lingering taste. The Syrah we tried was much more fruity although this settled down quickly.
We headed outside with our wine glasses. There were many great spots for perfect wine pictures.
Before we left we headed into the shop. There was a wide selection of wines available by the bottle or in packages. As usual, David was drawn to the sweet late harvest wines. As Canadians we had easy access to the very sweet ice wines and our wine cabinet was stocked. Since we did not try the late harvest wines, David did not buy any.
People wandered back to the bus with their bags of wine purchases. And we headed off for the next stop on our day trip for wine tasting and a horse show in Casablanca.
Entertained At The Puro Caballo Equestrian Centre
When we arrived at the Puro Caballo Equestrian Centre we were greeted by the host and several of the riders with their horses in the courtyard.
There was some free time so we wandered around the property. We were interested in the llamas with the dangerous looking teeth. But the horses and baby colts made us smile.
We moved into the courtyard for a small snack while serenaded by the guitar player. With our empanadas there was a choice of a fruit juice or a Pisco Sour. The Pisco Sour was made with clear Pisco liquor and citrus juice. Who could pass on a Pisco Sour in Chile?
When we attended an Andalusian Horse Show in Cordoba, we were fully entertained. So we had high expectations.
A Great Day For Wine Tasting And A Horse Show In Casablanca
Refreshed we moved to the ring for a great horse show. The group of riders moved into the ring and delighted us as they moved around in formation.
Riders demonstrated riding tricks. One trainer slowly moved his horse to a prone position and laid down with the horse. Another performed acrobatic tricks around the ring.
A young dancer entered the ring and performed a flirtatious dance with the horse and rider. She was presented with flowers that she then threw to the crowd.
Once the show was over, the riders formed up in the courtyard for a closer look a the horse and riders.
Fully entertained we moved into the large dining room for a local lunch. The wine was plentiful. And the guitar player returned to entertain us. It was the perfect way to finish our day trip for wine tasting and a horse show in Casablanca.
A Great Day Trip From San Antonio With Wine Tasting And A Horse Show In Casablanca Chile
We headed back to the port in San Antonio smiling and sated. We enjoyed our day trip for wine tasting and a horse show in Casablanca.
But this was not our last taste of Chilean wine. On our next day in Chile, we again headed out for wine tasting in Coquimbo.
Have you done wine tasting and a horse show in Casablanca Chile? Or did you do something else from San Antonio?
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