The move indicates Anakena’s increasing focus on regionality, with the cooler climate of the area expected to produce finer vintages for its premium Ona range (rsp: £8.99 each) and a possible further premium wine range.
Gonzalo Pérez, chief winemaker at Anakena, said: “The cooler, maritime climate of Leyda allows for an extended ripening period, producing aromatic, well-balanced wines with lean acidity and distinctive mineral character.”
The new plantings are due to produce their first vintage in 2008. The site is currently planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Experimentation is due with Riesling, Pinot Gris and Syrah.