Winemaker Sebastián Labbé
Wave Series winemaker Sebastián Labbé is passionate about two things in life: winemaking and surfing, so combining these two elements for him was a dream come true.
“My passion for wave riding started when I was 10. I started windsurfing in Chile very young thanks my parents’ influence. Four years later I began surfing, first in Chile, then in Wellington, New Zealand, where I lived for several years.”
“Just like winemaking, surfing has been my way to connect with nature. Being surrounded by a fluid element teaches you humility, to take care of the natural resources, and to enjoy the ride of life. In front of the immensity of the oceans, we are all just human. It inspires me and reminds me of simple things in life.”
Leyda Valley Vineyards
Climate: The Leyda Valley has a cool climate that is strongly influenced by the Pacific Ocean. The region has around 1150 GDD (Growing Degree Days), with the ocean helping to provide our sites with very stable growing conditions. The cooling coastal breezes have the ideal effect on temperature in the vineyard, keeping thermic oscillation ranges between 12-14° C (53º- 57ºF) during growing season.
Soil Origin: The coastal ranges of Chile emerged nearly 195 million years ago. These granite soils were developed “in situ” by the erosion of winds and water over a very long period of time. The strong oceanic forces and unique maritime climate have shaped the soft and gentle slopes along the coastline. Complex layers of alluvial terraces, granite alterates and clay formed ideal soils for cool climate viticulture.
Ocean Distance: Vineyards are planted in the range of 6-8 km (3-4 mi) from the Pacific Ocean. This proximity allows for different climatic exposures in the vineyards, resulting in varying ripening levels and aromatic profiles in the grapes. The soft slopes allow the sea breeze to have a cooling effect on the vineyards, perfecting the ripening process in the grapes. The cooling effect of the Pacific Ocean is thanks to the Humboldt Current that begins in the icy waters near Antarctica. The current flows up the western coast of South America and when coming up against the warm Chilean inland temperatures, creates clouds and fog cover allowing the vines to ripen to perfection.