Valparaiso/Casablanca becomes a great wine capital

08 May, 2013

Chilean city and wine region,Valparaiso and the Casablanca valley have been voted into the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

Valparaiso/Casablanca Valley (VCV) is the tenth region in the Great Wine Capitals Global Network, joining Bilbao/Rioja, Bordeaux, Cape Town/Cape Winelands, Christchurch/South Island, Firenze, Mainz/Rheinhessen, Mendoza, Portoand San Francisco/Napa Valley.

The Valparaiso Casablanca Valley Initiative is said to have brought together the city halls of Valparaiso and Casablanca as well as the Casablanca Valley Wine Association, and the leading economic, wine-linked, tourism, education and research, environmental sustainability and international development organisations in the region.

Valparaiso mayor Jorge Castro, is pleased to have achieved this new collaboration with the Casablanca Valley, and is confident that this membership and all the input from other international partners will be highly valuable for the development of tourism activities in the whole region.

Rodrigo Martinez, mayor of Casablanca, enthusiastically welcomes the Valparaiso/Casablanca Valley Initiative that includes the energetic cooperation of the Casablanca Wine Valley Association members ably led by association president, Giorgianna Cúneo.

The official welcoming ceremony and signature of the Great Wine Capitals Charter by Valparaiso/Casablanca Valley will take place on June 20 at Vinexpo inBordeaux.

About Valparaiso

A city of 275,000, founded in 1536, Valparaiso is a port city and is historically and economically linked to the nearby wine region of Casablanca valley

About the Casablanca Valley

TheCasablanca Valley is the most important cool climate grape growing and wine producing region in Chile. Its 14,790 acres under vine product Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah. The Casablanca Wine route, open 365 days a year, allows wine tourists to enjoy the Mediterranean style climate as well as visits to wineries and restaurants

About the Great Wine Capitals Global Network

The Great Wine Capitals (GWC) is a network of now 10 major global cities in both the northern and southern hemispheres, which share a key economic and cultural asset: their internationally renowned wine regions. It is the only network encompassing the so-called “Old” and “New” worlds of wine, and exists to encourage travel, education and business exchanges between the internationally renowned cities of Bilbao/Rioja, Bordeaux, Cape Town/Cape Winelands, Christchurch/South Island, Florence, Mainz/Rheinhessen, Mendoza, Porto and San Francisco/Napa Valley and its new member: Valparaiso | Casablanca Valley.

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