Leyda Valley
Leyda Valley is one of Chile's coastal appellations; located about 50 miles west of Santiago, it contains some of the closest vineyards in the country to the Pacific Ocean, many within ten miles. This is an up and coming appellation of Chile, as several producers in the country, attracted to the proximity of the land to the ocean, have been purchasing land here over the paste ten to fifteen years. Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are the starts here, with some Pinot Noir; the cold climate gives the Sauvignon Blancs great intensity and structure. A typical Leyda Valley Sauvignon Blanc offers rich herbal notes along with bright melon fruit, while Pinot Noirs have a strawberry and dark cherry component. (Wine/Appellations)