Our winemaker, Alberto Guolo, is originally from Monselice, Italy. He graduated as a vine grower and winemaker at the University of Padua and also has a Bachelor of Science, specializing in Marketing and Administration at the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice. He has worked in different wineries in Italy, New Zealand and California. He arrived in Chile in 2016 and joined our winemaking team in 2017 with the challenge of improving our legacy of cool climate wines. Alberto works very closely with wine consultant Sam Harrop MW, co-author with Jamie Goode -- "Authentic Wine: Toward Natural and Sustainable Winemaking". In a way, both Alberto and Sam share a view about making wines of the site that truly reflect the uniqueness of their origin, often applying the latest, and sometimes a few long-forgotten, winemaking techniques that help make our wines more honest and true to its birthplace. Sustainability plays a vital role in this aspect, as we want to keep making outstanding wines from Casablanca for a very, very long time.
Las Dichas is located in the westernmost, coldest side of Casablanca Valley. Being so close to the coast guarantees that the oceanic breezes can cool down our vines allowing for the perfect conditions for cool climate varieties. The soils within our estate are very diverse, but they all have in common a granite substrate that is typical of Casablanca. On top of that substrate, we have yellow sands, iron-rich red loams, and black clays. We take into account each type of soil when deciding where to plant each variety.
Located just 18 km from the Pacific Ocean in the Las Dichas side of Casablanca Valley, Casas del Bosque (CdB) is a family-owned vineyard founded in 1993 by the Cúneo family. Thanks to the microclimate of Las Dichas, the winery specializes in cool climate varieties, such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, planted on a single estate of roughly 260 hectares. The main assets of the vineyard are its soils (compromised by different types of sand and loams over a granite substrate), as well as the coastal influence brought by oceanic breezes.