Leyda Valley Wine

The Leyda Valley is the best known area of production in the San Antonio Valley in Chile. The reason for this is largely attributed to the fact it was the first planted area and also because the region's original source of irrigation, making viticulture possible in the valley, is here.

Leyda is known for crisp, mineral driven whites with high acidity levels and distinct aromatic quality. 

Its proximity to the ocean and thin, rocky soils comprised of decomposed granite and red clay offer perfect growing conditions for Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir, and more recently Syrah. San Antonio also grows small plantings of Riesling and Gewurztraminer which are not common in the rest of Chile, but show great potential in this area.

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  • Sauvignon

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Carmenère

    History of the grape: Carmenère was once widely planted in Bordeaux’s Medoc for its deep color and unique gaminess. I...

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  • Montes Sauvignon Blanc Leyda Limited Selection 2013

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    Really very attractive on the nose with nicely layered roasted green chiles, a hint of jalapeno, cut grass ands sweet lemon and lime aromas. In the mouth this displays big acids up front supporting fresh and nuanced flavors of grapefruit and guava with some of the green herbal qualities emerging aromatically in the mouth. the texture is medium f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Vina Leyda Chardonnay 2013

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    Classic Chardonnay on the nose with well judged oak adding vanilla and spice note to the core of pineapple and citrus fruits that pick up a touch of mango with air. A leading edge of creamy richness quickly gives way to tart acids that drive the green apple, pineapple, and lime flavors across the palate. This has some heft to it but the great ac... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Th Pinot Noir Leyda By Undurraga 2012

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    Very smooth Read More

    Wine review by DCStar


  • The Show Pinot Noir 2011

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    Three thieves winery? Wha...da...hell... they stole all the good pinot and replaced it with this... Nose was pretty good, dark berries and cassis but muted. Missing a bit of a kick in the nostrils. Slightly bitter taste with a mildly acidic finish. Definitely not a "Show" stopper but not bad for a daily drinker. Read More

    Wine review by jescobio


  • Montes Pinot Noir Leyda Valley Alpha 2008

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    Very nice, smooth wine Read More

    Wine review by missgldelx


  • Vina Leyda Sauvignon Blanc Classic Reserve 2012

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    Pungent and spicy on the nose with subtle layers of green chile, pineapple and tarragon aromas. Bright and direct, this turns slightly rich on the mid-palate with plenty of material and perhaps a little sugar buffering the significant acidity. The backend sees the acidity popping out to the detriment of the modest fruit which mostly washes away ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chono Pinot Noir Leyda Valley Reserva 2011

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    A very fruity, subtle Pinot. Took a while to open, but was met with complex, fruity notes. Very good for its price point. Read More

    Wine review by rlb4227


  • Anakena Pinot Noir Rapel Valley Single Vineyard 2009

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    2008 Vintage is a good value, 5,99 in Edeka Read More

    Wine review by tweil


  • Montes Pinot Noir Leyda Valley Alpha 2008

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    Blueberry Read More

    Wine review by nventure


  • Santa Rita Medalla Real Sauvignon Blanc Leyda 2011

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    Gooseberry, asparagus, kiwi, currant and lime all come together on the sweet nose. The palate shows an additional sour note, a bit of grass, mulchy grass. A bit of sweetness on the finish adds tropical guava and papaya fruit. A touch lean. 84pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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