Leyda started in 1998 as a small, family-run wine operation in Chile's Maipo Valley. It is named after the Leyda Valley, a small subzone of Maipo. It was later folded into a larger marketing company, VSPT Wine Group, which brought together several Chilean producers so that they could compete in the intensely competitive world wine market.
Leyda is one of the few wineries in Chile with a female winemaker. Viviana Navarrete started as an agronomist, who tended to see plant life primarily as a food base, working on methods of growing plants in adverse conditions. After graduation, she chose winemaking as a profession. We're delighted she did, as she is now considered one of the leading winemakers in Chile - a well-deserved accolade.
Leyda is only eight miles from the ocean and more than 2,500 feet above sea level. These conditions dictate that the grapes remain on the vine longer to get enough sunlight to ripen, yet the climate is cool enough that the fruit is less likely to shrivel. This longer, cooler growing time allows the vines to distribute more nutrients throughout the vine, thus providing more flavor to the grapes.
With no interference in the growing or making of the wine, the finished product is the purest expression of the Sauvignon Blanc grape imaginable. The nose exhibits mineral and herbal notes, giving way to guava, passion fruit and hints of grapefruit. All the flavors are compacted into a long, lingering finish.