We make a lunch stop at the Viña Indomita winery in the Casablanca Valley on our way from Viña del Mar to Santiago with Hyun-ju and Mario. Looking at the menu, I think I’ve come to the end of my centolla king crab and avocado phase of the trip, and also starting to baulk at two full meals a day. Oh well! I can always start to eat (and drink) less ‘next week’. As in the vineyards at home, talented young chefs are coming to winery restaurants and doing a great job with simple but adventurous menus using local fresh produce.
The valley is surrounded by barren but protective mountains “embarrassed by the majesty of the Andes beyond”, says Edmundo. Seeing green, chardonnay grapes, already perfectly formed on the well-tended vines, it’s obvious that the valley floor is a cauldron of generous fertility warmed by the sun and producing grapes for the famous Chilean prize-winning wines. The Sauvignon Blanc seems to be the white we enjoy most (often).