Chilean Wine Regions
San Antonio Valley
Pronunciation Guide: sahn ahn-TO-nee-o / LAY-da (Valley); ah-kohn-KA-gwa (D.O.)
Denomination of Origin: San Antonio
Region: Aconcagua Sub-Region: San Antonio Includes zone: Leyda
Complementary Area: Costa
Located 100 km (62 mi) west of Santiago, very close to the sea, south of Casablanca.
Vineyards taunt the cold Pacific climate as they creep ever closer to its coast in this relatively new wine region. Vines bedeck the rolling hillsides as close as 2.5 miles (4 km) from the sea and test the mettle of strong-willed growers and pioneering winemakers. The work pays off with crisp, lean, mineral-fresh whites and spicy reds that increasingly turn heads.
San Antonio is a sub-region of the Aconcagua Valley and is divided into four sectors: Leyda, Lo Abarca, Rosario, and Malvilla.
Cool climate strongly influenced by the ocean encourages slow-ripening. 350 mm (13.8 in) of rain per year.
Soils: Primarily granite and clay on rolling hills produce grapes with great acidity and minerality.
Terrific Results: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah.
52 ha (128 acres)
957 ha (2365 acres)
345 ha (853 acres)
374 ha (924 acres)