The beautiful and fruitful land of Chile provided an incredible base for indigenous Chileans to grow and gather their food. Full of flavor with the richness of the earth, the preparation of dishes developed as settlers arrived from Spain, Italy, and Germany creating a diverse and powerful blend of different cuisines. Chile, as a wine region, also began its journey during this time when Spanish conquistadors and Jesuit missionaries planted the first vines.
The landscape of Chile mirrors its culture which is vibrant, colorful, and diverse due to the mix of influences throughout the region.
The diversity of environment from the Pacific Ocean to the desolate Atacama Desert and the snow-capped Andes provides unique and rich culinary flavors.
Known worldwide for their incredible wines, Chile is home to the legendary Colchagua Valley which produces full-bodied Carménère, Syrah, and Malbec. This quiet and pristine valley is truly a red wine lovers paradise.
While Chile is known for its deep, inky reds there were a couple of wonderful surprises along the way. The Casablanca Valley specifically produces outside of this category with beautiful Sauvignon Blancs, Pinot Noirs, and Chardonnays expanding our imagination and reach when it comes to developing our tasting menu.
It is always a wonderful experience being able to travel with our team members in search of inspiration for our tasting menus. We get to meet amazing people who are extremely passionate about food, wine, and the culture of the region. And now, we get to share all that we discovered in Chile with you this spring.