At the end of last month, the annual Casablanca Harvest Festival was held as usual but this year the funds raised were donated to help reconstruct the devastated homes and lives affected in Valparaiso during hillside fires that spread across the Great Wine Capital on 12 – 16 April.
A wine auction of specially donated bottles and tickets sales from those in attendance (including national and international tourists) raised around $2million pesos ($3,600US) for the cause. The money will go towards the reconstruction and relief efforts that are ongoing in the port city after five hillsides were destroyed in a fire that took five days to fully put out, and claimed 15 lives and over 2,500 homes.
Twelve Casablanca vineyards participated in the festival, which offered wine tastings, local gastronomy and musical entertainment for a crowd of over 25,000 people between the two days (26th and 27th April).
By Amanda Barnes
You can read more about the Valparaiso fires here.