The Casablanca valley climate is moderated by coastal breezes that cool the warm summer temperatures, creating ideal conditions for slow ripening of berries, allowing fruit to preserve their delicate flavours and aromas. Located 50 miles from Santiago and a short distance from the Pacific Ocean, this valley receives approximately 20 inches of rainfall during the winter months from May through September. Poor, finely – textured sandy alluvial soils retain minimal moisture, naturally restricting yields (approximately 3.6 tons per acre) resulting in high quality grapes with concentrated varietals. It is best known for its crisp white wines, most notably Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, which have gained it recognition as one of Chile’s quality wine regions. Pinot Noir which is responsive to the cooler climates found in this coastal area, is also successfully grown in this area.