I continued on through the valley making a few other stops but none that surpassed the beauty of the Chilean countryside at Veramonte. I spent the afternoon wandering the colorful streets of Valparaiso and with my toes in the sand on the beaches of Vina del Mar. That evening I watched the sun set from my balcony on my last night in Chile. First planted in the mid-1980’s, the relatively new valley of Casablanca has become one of Chile’s most successful wine-producing regions and is known for some of the country’s outstanding white wines. Taking advantage of the influence of the cool coastal breezes, it specializes in Sauvignon Blanc (my favorite), Chardonnay and also the red Pinot Noir.