countryside settingWelcome to the third in my series of Casablanca winery visits: Loma Larga is the boutique winery which pioneered red wines in an area where the main focus is on whites so this is one of the best places in Casablanca to taste Chilean cool climate Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec, as well as the varieties more usual in this area, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

The winery has captured the attention of international wine critics like Jancis Robinson, who described Loma Larga Cabernet Franc 2008:

“Very dark crimson. Complex nose with more than a hint of mature St-Émilion about it. Very pure varietal flavours with some fresh bloodiness. Fully mature and surely much better value than any red bordeaux they are selling at the same price? Absolutely ready now and with a spine of Casablanca acidity but very worthwhile. (…) Both luscious and very digestible.”

I have been to many different wineries in Chile but I keep on coming back to Loma Larga, partly because I know Alejandra, the Tourism Manager, but also because the wine is always great and the quality of the guides is among the best I’ve encountered. They are truly passionate about wine and you can ask whatever you like, no matter how detailed, and they’ll do their best to respond.

Living roof
Living roof

The winery building is worth a look: you can walk over the living roof of vines, which helps keep cool the barrel room underneath.

This is a small winery in a pretty countryside setting, so it is best to book ahead. There is no restaurant, though you can organize a private lunch there, and the shop just sells their own wines. There are a range of different wine tasting options. You can also organize a helicopter ride or horseride.

Helen tasting Loma Larga winesFACTFILE

Camino Lo Ovalle, km. 3, Casablanca, which is reached from Ruta 68, the main road between Santiago and Viña del Mar/Valparaíso.

Tel. +56-32 2742098 / +56 964186574

The winery is open Monday to Sunday between 9.30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

You can reserve by phone or email:

See their website.

Click here to read my interview with Alejandra Gutiérrez of Loma Larga.

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