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Jeroboams adds boutique Chilean winery

Published:  04 July, 2017

Jeroboams is making a foray into Chile with the new addition of a family-owned winery in the Almahue Valley.

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LWF: Santa Rita winemaker talks 120 ambitions

Published:  23 May, 2017

Harpers caught up with Santa Rita to discquss the launch of their refreshed 120 brand which is being launched with two new varietals at this year’s London Wine Fair.

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Santa Rita creates new UK business role

Published:  15 May, 2017

South American wine company Santa Rita Estates has created a new role to reinforce its “commitment” to the UK market.

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Tim Atkin MW: Argentina and Chile are a joint wine force to be reckoned with

Published:  12 May, 2017

This year is the 200th anniversary of one of the key events in Latin American history. In January 1817, the Army of the Andes set off from Mendoza, determined to end Spanish rule on the other side of the mountains. At its head were an Argentinian, General José de San Martín, and an exiled Chilean, the wonderfully named Bernardo O’Higgins, who, after a brave and arduous crossing of the Cordillera, did indeed defeat their common imperial foe. 

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Carmen appoints new winemaker

Published:  11 May, 2017

Chilean winery Viña Carmen has appointed a new winemaker – Emily Faulconer - as part of a strategy to ‘reinstate’ the value of the terroir.

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Côtes du Rhône unveils ‘sophisticated’ UK push

Published:  11 May, 2017

Rhône Valley Vineyards has unveiled its 2017 Côtes du Rhône campaign

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  03 March, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Chilean wine hits the spot with convenience shoppers

Published:  27 February, 2017

The convenience channel has posted a near 20% leap in sales in an overall flat UK category.

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Viña Santa Rita partners with National Gallery for art-inspired collaboration

Published:  24 February, 2017

Top Chilean label Viña Santa Rita has paired up with London's National Gallery for a three-year partnership linking wine and art.

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Taking Chile's Temperature

Published:  24 February, 2017

"Chile needs to simplify the message, but our diversity makes it difficult - Argentina has Malbec, meat and Mendoza to talk about, and that's it." 

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  24 February, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Viña Santa Rita signs PLB deal

Published:  03 February, 2017

Leading Chilean producer Viña Santa Rita has joined forces with unstoppable wholesale giant, Conviviality Plc, for their UK off-trade distribution.

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Viña Santa Rita signs PLB deal

Published:  03 February, 2017

Leading Chilean producer Viña Santa Rita has joined forces with unstoppable wholesale giant, Conviviality Plc, for their UK off-trade distribution.

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Viña Caliterra receives first carboNZero certification in Chile

Published:  04 January, 2017

Viña Caliterra has become the first winery in Chile to gain a sustainability certificate for their efforts to reduce harmful greenhouse gases.

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Santa Rita named Chile's Winery of the Year

Published:  13 December, 2016

Major Chilean winery Viña Santa Rita has been named as Wines of Chile's 2016 Winery of the Year.

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Boris Becker backs new Accolade Wine brand as TWE ends UK bottling deal

Published:  12 December, 2016

Tennis star Boris Becker has been revealed as a brand ambassador for a new Chilean brand from Accolade Wine as Australian wine giant Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) announced it will no longer be bottling its wine destined for the UK market at the Accolade Park base.

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Men driving growth of Fairtrade wine says Co-op

Published:  08 December, 2016

Evidence that the growing number of ethically sourced and social responsible drinks companies is in response to consumer demand for alcohol with a conscience has been backed by data from the Co-op which revealed that its sales of Fairtrade wine are up 25% YOY.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  04 November, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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New Waddesdon national sales director looks to expand Rothschild wines in the UK

Published:  01 November, 2016

Waddesdon Wine, which imports and markets wines from the Rothschild wineries, has appointed a national sales director as they look to expand the presence of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (DBR Lafite) within the UK off-trade.

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Chile knocks out South Africa to enter top five countries by value in UK off-trade

Published:  31 October, 2016

Chile has stormed into the top five countries of origins rankings for the first time, overtaking South Africa as the country which has sold the most in the UK off-trade by value over the past year.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  28 October, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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World wine production 2016 one of the poorest in 20 years

Published:  27 October, 2016

The amount of wine being produced worldwide has dropped to one of the lowest in 20 years according to the latest figures from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).

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Morrisons launches new Chilean brand Head Honcho

Published:  27 October, 2016

Following the recent launch of the innovative Argentinian Club Asado, Morrisons' South American buying team have introduced a new, wholly-owned Chilean brand, Head Honcho. 

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South America | High hopes and challenges

Published:  17 October, 2016

We've criss-crossed the continent to cover four countries this year, and while some are ongoing, others are distinctly new.

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Santa Rita launches autumn promo campaign with Ireland's RTÉ

Published:  05 October, 2016

Chilean wine company Santa Rita Estates has unveiled their autumn 2016 promotional campaign for their brands in the Republic of Ireland which will see them once again team up with Irish national TV broadcaster RTÉ.

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The South American adventure of a Morrisons wine buyer

Published:  05 October, 2016

Andrew Ingham, wine buyer at Morrisons Plc, recounts a recent buying trip to Chile and Argentina. 

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Isla Negra partners with English Heritage

Published:  27 September, 2016

Concha y Toro's Isla Negra brand has partnered with English Heritage to offer two-for-one entry into all the sites the organisation looks after.

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Condor Wines expands South American portfolio with Wines of Uruguay partnership

Published:  20 September, 2016

Chilean and Argentinean wine specialist Condor Wines and Wines of Uruguay UK have formed a partnership to become one of the UK's top specialist importers of premium South American wines.

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Chile's Santa Rita welcomes new winemaker

Published:  19 September, 2016

Viña Santa Rita has announced the appointment of Oscar Salas as head winemaker of the Santa Rita 120 tier of wines.

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Mercado Chileno returns to London

Published:  12 September, 2016

A taste of all things Chile returns to London tomorrow (Tuesday, September 12) this time at The Old Truman Brewery.

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Santa Rita to launch on China's biggest e-commerce platform

Published:  09 September, 2016

Chilean winery Santa Rita is set to launch an online flagship store on Tmall, China's popular online retail platform - part of the Alibaba e-commerce empire.

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Wines of Argentina goes it alone to "disrupt" wine tasting format

Published:  05 September, 2016

Wines of Argentina have broken away from Chile to run their own trade tasting this year, with a focus on innovation and breaking the trade tasting mould.

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Chilean winery teams up with WSET to offer education promotion

Published:  05 September, 2016

Marques de Casa Concha and the Wines and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) have partnered to offer consumers the chance to win a place on a wine course via a neck collar promotion.

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Net income up 32.2% for Concha y Toro Q2

Published:  30 August, 2016

Chilean wine producer Concha y Toro has reported healthy uplift in sales and profits in its 2016 Q2 results.

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Q&A: Jon Usabiaga, chief winemaker, Viña Aresti

Published:  19 August, 2016
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Eurowines expands New World portfolio

Published:  15 August, 2016

Eurowines and Chile's Viña Undurraga have teamed up for a new partnership in the UK.

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Record climb for aromatics at Cono Sur

Published:  01 August, 2016

Chilean wine brand Cono Sur has reported rapid growth in popularity of aromatic-style wine, especially with sales of its Viognier, which has seen 148% growth in sales compared to the same period last year.

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New chairman at Viña Santa Rita

Published:  29 July, 2016

Baltazar Sánchez Guzmán has been appointed to lead the board at Chilean winery Viña Santa Rita.

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Family Affair Part 4: Miguel Torres Maczassek, general manager, Bodegas Torres

Published:  26 July, 2016

Family-owned wineries still thrive in an increasingly consolidated world. Andrew Catchpole speaks to Miguel Torres Maczassek, the general manager of Bodegas Torres, about the benefits of being independently run. This is the final article in a four part series.

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President of Viña Santa Rita board of directors passes away

Published:  14 July, 2016

Juan Agustín Figueroa, the president of Viña Santa Rita board of directors passed away on 7 July, 2016 at the age of 82.

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Chilean wine production down 25% thanks to rain-laden harvest

Published:  01 July, 2016

One of Chile's biggest wine exporter has revealed that their red grapes were most affected by one of the most "oenologically challenging" vintages of recent times.

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Chile focuses on new wave wines as drive to push its dynamic credentials gathers pace

Published:  17 June, 2016

The recent Chile Update 2016 swung the spotlight firmly on the dynamic evolution and new styles of wine emerging from the country

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Q&A: Andres Caballeros, winemaker director, Carolina Wine Brands

Published:  14 June, 2016

The winemaker director at Carolina Wine Brands talks about saving and promoting Chile's viticultural diversity.

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Santa Rita signs three year partnership deal with Arsenal FC

Published:  13 June, 2016

Viña Santa Rita signed a three year partnership deal with Arsenal Football Club to become the official wine partner of the Premier League team.

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Tour de France partnership continues to drive growth for Concha y Toro

Published:  13 June, 2016

Chilean wine brand Cono Sur is continuing to make huge gains in the UK market thanks to its official partnership with the Tour de France.

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Analysis: How directly engaging with consumer can pay big dividends

Published:  09 June, 2016

Directly engaging with consumers can pay big dividends for a modest outlay, if coupled with imagination. One Cork One Point from the Haciendas Company, the Beronia Txoko Club with Gonzáles Byass and Concha Y Toro all are offering winning initiatives where wine companies are building relationships directly with consumers.

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Q&A: Michael Taylor, Santa Rita Estates

Published:  12 May, 2016

Michael Taylor, Santa Rita Estates off-trade sales director for Europe, talks about the history and ambition

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The Smith Report: China comes good for wine for Chile and Australia

Published:  29 April, 2016

Chilean and Australian wines are on a roll in China where imports are on the up and currency fluctuations have boosted volume.

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Revealed: The ten countries drinking two thirds of the world's wine

Published:  28 April, 2016

Italy, France and Spain continue to dominate in terms of production, but who is drinking the most wine?

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Copestick Murray and Aresti Chile Wine sign partnership in the UK

Published:  22 April, 2016

Copestick Murray is continuing its momentum of rapid growth by signing a UK agency and distribution agreement with a Chilean wine brand

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Rabobank: Global wine supply in flux as drinkers trade up

Published:  21 April, 2016

The global wine supply is in flux depending which end of the market producers play in, with wines on the premium end being considerably higher in demand compared to wines on the lower end of the market according to Rabobank's Wine Quarterly Q2 2016 report.

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Birds of prey slash pest damage at Caliterra by 30%

Published:  26 February, 2016

Chilean winery Viña Caliterra is celebrating the success of an innovative pest-control project in its vineyards.

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Walker & Wodehouse and Vagabond Wines to mark anniversary of Maule earthquake

Published:  23 February, 2016

Wine merchant, Walker & Wodehouse has partnered with independent retailer, Vagabond Wines, to celebrate the first wines from the Ploughmen Project, which arose in response to the Chilean earthquake of February 27, 2010.

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Chile's Viña Ventisquero in on-trade push with brand ambassador hire

Published:  10 February, 2016

Leading Chilean winery Viña Ventisquero has appointed sommelier Janina Doyle as its UK brand ambassador.

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Chilean wine styles are shifting away from oak

Published:  08 February, 2016

Chile is still relatively young to the global wine scene, but the country as a whole is in the middle of a style evolution, where winemakers are now looking to produce wines that reflect what is so unique about the country.

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Analysis: Concha y Toro's mission to help build Chilean wine globally

Published:  08 February, 2016

Concha y Toro, the dominant Chilean wine company, is quietly trying to change the perception of the country's wines, as it embarks on a mission to help others in order to help itself.

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New appointments at Bodega Volcanes de Chile to drive premium growth

Published:  26 January, 2016

Premium Chilean wine producer Bodega Volcanes de Chile has appointed British-born Ben Gordon as its new managing director.

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Casillero del Diablo drives Concha y Toro to new heights

Published:  20 January, 2016

Strong Christmas sales for its flagship Casillero del Diablo brand ended a successful 2015 for Concha y Toro, the company has announced.

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Silva challenges Chilean wineries to focus on premiumisation

Published:  11 January, 2016

To thrive in the export market, Chile's winemakers must focus on premium wines, Wines of Chile's president, Mario Pablo Silva, has said.

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Drinks businesses flex their sharp social media skills

Published:  11 January, 2016

Social media has become a crucial tool in any brand manager's box of tricks and it will become increasingly important in 2016. Erin Smith reports 

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Q&A: Paul Schaafsma, chief executive, Accolade Wines

Published:  11 January, 2016

The recently appointed head of Accolade Wines talks about life in the top job, Chilean wine brand Anakena launching in the UK and how he plans to make Accolade a global one-stop shop for New World wines

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2015 year in review and hopes and fears for 2016: Clare Griffiths, Concho y Toro

Published:  04 January, 2016

Our final look back at 2015 is from Clare Griffiths, commercial director for Concho y Toro UK which saw an impressive performance for 2015- which may be tough to beat.  But looking ahead Griffiths is most excited about continuing the work her team has been doing in 2016 by focusing on building strong brands that deliver value in the UK market.

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2015 year in review and hopes and fears for 2016: Anita Jackson, Wines of Chile

Published:  31 December, 2015

Anita Jackson, UK director of Wines of Chile, looks back at a successful 2015, with volume and value figures up over the previous year.  She was particularly pleased with the success of the innovative Mercado Andino tasting in 2015. But over the Christmas period she looking forward to putting her feet up and enjoy a little down time before 2016, where she sees the biggest challenge ahead is getting consumers to trade up in their wine purchases. 

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Accolade signs three-year British tennis sponsorship for Anakena

Published:  07 December, 2015

Accolade Wines is to spend £500,000 on its newly acquired Anakena Chilean wine brand over the next year.

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Insight: Consumer wine style trends into 2016

Published:  07 December, 2015

 Will Malbec and Prosecco continue to attract consumers at a break-neck pace or is that so last year? Angela Mount reports

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Vina Valdivieso appoints brand ambassador to drive sales

Published:  01 December, 2015

Chile's Valdivieso winery, together with its distributor Bibendum PLB, have appointed Jonas Tofterup as brand ambassador and export manager for the UK and Europe.

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Concha y Toro posts strong third-quarter figures

Published:  19 November, 2015

Sales at leading Chilean wine producer Concha y Toro hit £156.7 million for the third quarter, according to the latest report from the company.

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Q&A: Andrés Lavados, Chile's Santa Rita Estates

Published:  04 November, 2015

Andrés Lavados has been heading up Chile's Santa Rita Estates for more than a year. He talks about his vision for the company and how he plans to crack the UK market.

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Wines of Chile reveals annual Sommelier Challenge winners

Published:  21 October, 2015

The winners of the annual Wines of Chile Sommelier Challenge have been announced.

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Guy Woodward: Chile produces good quality wines, but still needs to market them globally

Published:  09 October, 2015

In recent years, Chile's winemakers have started to show greater ingenuity and initiative in the vineyard and the winery. That sense of risk and personality needs to carry over to the way the wines are promoted.

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Caliterra winemaker tips Malbec to do big things in Chile

Published:  16 September, 2015

A leading Chilean winemaker thinks Malbec could be a grape with a big future in the country.

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South America | Strength in diversity

Published:  11 September, 2015

Bringing together the flavours and cultures of South America paints a wine picture that's as colourful as it is diverse

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Chile's Errazuriz plans assault on top-end wine market in 2016

Published:  09 September, 2015

Chilean wine producer Errazuriz is lining up a UK release for two top-end wines from its cool climate Aconcagua Costa vineyards in the spring of 2016.

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Chile's Viña Ventisquero lines-up Root 1 additions and Wild Swan for UK debuts

Published:  04 September, 2015

Chilean producer Viña Ventisquero is the latest to line up new UK launches for a big reveal at next week's Mercado Andino tasting in London.

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Chilean producer to release wine made from wild vines

Published:  02 September, 2015

Chile's Bouchon Family Wines is launching a wine made from Pais vines that grow wild among the trees of its Mingre Estate in Maule Valley.

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Casillero back on TV as CyT prepares line-up for Mercado Andino tasting

Published:  25 August, 2015

Chilean wine producer Concha y Toro is coming back to British TV screens with a new ad for Casillero del Diablo as part of its Wine Legend campaign.

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UK release for wine from Chilean vineyard given new lease of life after 2010 earthquake

Published:  24 August, 2015
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Torres claims a Chilean first for wine from slate terraces

Published:  13 August, 2015

Bodegas Torres has produced what it claims is the first Chilean wine to be grown on terraced slate terrain.

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Wines of Chile launches Mercado Chileno event for consumers

Published:  05 August, 2015

Wines of Chile has announced a new consumer event to follow its trade tasting in September. Mercado Chileno will take place at Old Spitalfields Market in London on 11 and 12 September.

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Volume declines of Southern hemisphere harvest pushes up demand for bulk wines

Published:  14 May, 2015

Smaller harvest in the Southern hemisphere are set to boost demand for bulk wine, the latest report from Ciatti has said.

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Chilean brand Viña Montes introduces early 'spring harvest' Sauvignon Blanc

Published:  24 April, 2015

Chilean wine brand Vina Montes has introduced a 'spring harvest' Sauvignon Blanc to its range of wines, which is available at Liberty Wines.

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Casillero de Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon overtakes Wolf Blass in off-trade

Published:  01 April, 2015

Casillero del Diablo Reserva had grabbed the top spot for cabernet sauvignon in the UK market.

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Free Run Wines adds first Aussie winery to portfolio

Published:  31 March, 2015

Free Run Wines is adding its first Australian wine producer, Morambro Creek to its portfolio from next month

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Concha y Toro's new research centre set to benefit wine industry throughout Chile

Published:  26 March, 2015

Concha y Toro hopes its new multi million pound research and innovation centre it has built in the heart of Chile's wine growing country will help the whole Chilean wine industry better understand what is possible from the country's wine producers.

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CyT joins Chile's fledgling DOC organisation

Published:  25 March, 2015

Concha y Toro, one of Chile's largest international brands, had joined Vigno, a society of small winemakers dedicated to promoting Carignan producers in the Maule Valley.

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Fine Wines Direct wins Chilean brand contract as it steps up its operations

Published:  24 March, 2015

Fine Wines Direct UK has won a new contract to represent Chilean brand Viña Casa Tamaya SA in the UK.

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ProWein 2015: Huge potential to build super brands around the world says Concha y Toro

Published:  19 March, 2015

Building strong brands in the key £8 to £10 price sector has become increasingly the key battleground for the truly global wine producers operating in the main markets around the world, according to Thomas Domeyko, Concha y Toro's export director for Europe, USA and Africa.

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Chile's Cono Sur extends Tour de France partnership

Published:  18 February, 2015

Concha y Toro's Cono Sur brand has signed up as official wine of the cycling race the Tour de France for the next three years.

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'Painful moment' for Argentina's wine exporters, says Rabobank

Published:  17 February, 2015

Argentina's wine exporters are having a "painful moment" as fast-rising inflation rates make it unprofitable to ship goods, says Rabobank.

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Sales up 5% at Spanish wine giant Bodegas Torres

Published:  16 February, 2015

Spanish wine giant Bodegas Torres, which also produces wines in Chile and California, has seen its sales grow 5% to €240 million in 2014.

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Why Eduardo Chadwick - and friends - are feeling on top of the world

Published:  29 January, 2015

Here's a novel way to celebrate receiving the highest ever score for a Chilean wine - match the accomplishment by climbing to the top of your country's highest mountain.

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Concha y Toro beefs up push across six core wine brands

Published:  29 January, 2015

Concha y Toro UK is planning a renewed push across six of its core wine brands for 2015, as well as aiming to boost convenience sales.

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Chilean wine brand Casillero del Diablo teams up with Sky Movies

Published:  06 January, 2015

Chilean wine brand Casillero del Diablo is partnering with Sky Movies for the broadcaster's largest ever multi-channel sponsorship deal, which will get underway in March.

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Caliterra's Rodrigo Zamorano on making wines that change people's perceptions of Chile

Published:  12 December, 2014

Chilean winery Errazuriz, established over 130 years ago, has owned Caliterra since 2004. Helen Arnold talks to its chief winemaker, Rodrigo Zamorano, about his new Edicion Limitada range, and the changing face of Chilean wine.

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Chile and South Africa bulk wine markets face 'stormy weather'

Published:  27 November, 2014

Chile and South Africa's bulk wine suppliers are facing "stormy weather", according to experts, given there is still a lot of wine from last year's harvest.

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My Choice: Mario Pablo Silva of Chile's Casa Silva

Published:  26 November, 2014

Mario  Pablo managing director of Chile's Casa Silva shares his likes for wines and spirits and why an Oxford pub is his favourite bar in the world.

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Treasury loses Jon Rosenthal to Concha y Toro

Published:  05 November, 2014

Concha y Toro UK has hired Jon Rosenthal from Treasury Wine Estates to take on the newly-created role of sales director.

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Five independent merchants win Wines of Chile promotion

Published:  05 November, 2014

Five independent wine merchants from across the country have won a buying trip to Chile for their "innovative and quirky" promotions around Chilean wine.

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Chile's Casillero del Diablo enters UK's Top 10 wine brands for first time

Published:  28 October, 2014

Chilean wine giant Concha y Toro's Casillero del Diablo has entered the UK's Top 10 wine brand for the first time as sales have grown 35% year on year.

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Waitrose predicts healthy future for South American and lighter style wines and spirits

Published:  24 October, 2014

South American wines and more left field grape varieties like an Austrian Grüner Veltliner or a Spanish Albarino are going to become far more trendy in the months ahead, according to the new Waitrose Food and Drink Report 2014.

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Bulk wine market sluggish as 2014 harvest ends, says Ciatti

Published:  14 October, 2014

As the 2014 harvest draws to a close, the bulk wine market remains sluggish, with plentiful stocks available in most markets, says the latest report from Ciatti. 

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Here's a right corking video for you...

Published:  09 October, 2014

Here's a video after our own heart here at Harpers Uncorked. As part of last month's Wines of the Beautiful South tasting you might have seen a special "cork" wall which doubled up as an actual live art installation.

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Exclusive survey: how wine drinkers shop Chile and Argentina online

Published:  06 October, 2014

Harpers has once again linked up with Wines Direct to analyse the shopping trends of consumers buying South American wines online.

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Ex-Tesco wine technical head Andy Gale joins Concha y Toro

Published:  01 October, 2014

Concha y Toro UK has appointed Tesco's former technical manager for wine, Andy Gale, to head up its new business and technical development.

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Growing wine in the desert: Q&A with Alejandro Galaz of Ventisquero

Published:  23 September, 2014

Challenging stereotypes was on the agenda of Alejandro Galaz this week. As one of Viña Ventisquero's winemakers he is part of Ventisquero's latest project in the Atacama Desert: Tara Wines. 

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Views of the Beautiful South: Mario Pablo Silva, Casa Silva

Published:  17 September, 2014

Here Mario Pablo Silva , managing director of Chilean wine producer Casa Silva, gives his impressions and hopes for the UK market on the back of last weeek's Wines of the Beautiful South tasting.

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Views from Beautiful South: Roberto Echeverria, Echeverria Family Wines, Chile

Published:  16 September, 2014

Here is the latest producer from last week's Wines of the Beautiful South tasting who is happy to share his thoughts on the UK market and the opportunties for their wines.

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South American online focus: what are wine consumers looking for online?

Published:  15 September, 2014
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Views from the Beautiful South: Americo Hernandez, Vina Ventisquero

Published:  15 September, 2014

Following this week's Wines of the Beautiful South tasting in London Harpers caught up with key figures from across the Chilean, Argentinian and South African wine industries to assess their thoughts on the UK wine market for their wines.

 

 

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Seckford Agencies toasts sales growth

Published:  12 September, 2014

Seckford Agencies has seen sales grow by 10 to 15% in the past year, says director David Cartwright.

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Argentina and South Africa lead growth in off-trade sales in UK

Published:  11 September, 2014

Off-trade sales of Argentinian wine increased 21% while South African wine was up 14% in the last 12 months, according to a report released yesterday by Bibendum. 

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Live news blog: The Beautiful South Tasting Day Two

Published:  11 September, 2014

On day two of the Wines of the Beautiful South tasting in London's Olympia, Harpers catches up with leading wine figures at the event with their thoughts on the UK market for Chilean, Argentinian and South African wines. 

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Ehrmanns 'galvanised and recharged' by recent changes

Published:  11 September, 2014

Wine supplier Ehrmanns has had a "lively" few months, but says recent changes have left it "galvanised and recharged" and looking to the future with confidence.

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Live news blog: The Beautiful South Tasting Day One

Published:  10 September, 2014

As the Wines of the Beautiful South tasting takes place in London's Olympia Harpers catches up with leading wine figures at the event with their thoughts on the UK market for Chilean, Argentinian and South African wines. 

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Sangre de Toro wine gets design revamp for 60th birthday

Published:  10 September, 2014

Bodegas Torres has relaunched its famed Sangre de Toro brand with a sleeker design that harks back to the wine's 1950s origins.

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Wines of Chile plans major new consumer event

Published:  09 September, 2014

Wines of Chile is planning a major new consumer event for 2015 to raise awareness about the South American country as a whole, says new UK director Anita Jackson.

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How Berlin Tastings Series put Chilean wine on the map

Published:  05 September, 2014

Eduardo Chadwick's pioneering Berlin Series Tastings have helped change global perception of Chilean wine in their 10-year run. Andrew Catchpole, who was at the seminal first event, assesses their impact

 

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Global leaders head to London for Wine Vision 2014

Published:  05 September, 2014

 

Top names from the international world of wine will all be heading to London in November for the second Wine Vision event to be held by Harpers' publishers, William Reed Business Media.

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How Chile can use its mainstream appeal to grow share of premium wines

Published:  05 September, 2014

Gemma McKenna reports on why Chilean winemakers are shifting focus to a more premium offering

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Napa wineries can learn lessons from Chile following earthquake

Published:  29 August, 2014

Napa wineries should take stock of damage following last week's 6.1 earthquake and consider upgrading facilities, as Chilean winemakers did following its 2010 tremblor.

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Chile's Santa Carolina switches from Percy Fox to Ehrmanns

Published:  19 August, 2014

Chilean wine brand Santa Carolina has ditched Diageo-owned distributor Percy Fox in favour of Ehrmanns in order to boost UK sales across all channels.

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Chile's wine production plummets by one quarter, say official figures

Published:  13 August, 2014

Chile's wine production has plummeted by almost one quarter compared to last year, but experts aren't expecting price rises as the country still has plenty of leftover wine in its tanks.

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Tour de France helps Cono Sur wine double sales to £14m

Published:  07 August, 2014

Concha y Toro wine brand Cono Sur is toasting a £7m boost to sales - growth of 100% - which has catapulted it into fourth position in the Chilean brand leader board in the UK off-trade.

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Beautiful South offers themed tastings and winemaker debates on Chile, Argentina and South Africa

Published:  15 July, 2014

A central "meet the winemaker" themed area will be the central focus for this September's combined Beautiful South tasting featuring wines from Chile, South Africa and Argentina.

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Casillero del Diablo's Wine Legend tour to reach one million people

Published:  15 July, 2014

Casillero del Diablo kicked off its Wine Legend UK tour on July 10, 2014 in the hope of promoting the brand to one million UK consumers on its branded bus tour.

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'Team Cox' to run Médoc Marathon in memory of Michael Cox

Published:  03 July, 2014

Leading members of the wine trade are to come together as "Team Cox" to run the Médoc Marathon in memory of Michael Cox, the former UK head of Wines of Chile, who died earlier this year.

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Chilean winemakers see overall production down 15-20%

Published:  26 June, 2014

Chilean winemakers are suffering losses of up to 15% on their red wine volumes caused by vine damage, coming after frost decimated white grapes by up to 55%. Mario Pablo Silva, managing director of Chile's Casa Silva winery, said the frost had two different impacts - decimating white grapes and damaging vines in longer term leading to lower volumes of red grapes. 

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Wines over £5 account for almost half of supermarket sales

Published:  19 June, 2014
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Alliance Wine opens London office to grow on-trade sales

Published:  09 June, 2014

Alliance Wine is opening an office in London to boost its sales into the capital's on-trade and south east market.

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Bulk wine prices rocked by Chilean frosts, Californian droughts and a taste for French fruity wines

Published:  28 May, 2014

Frosts in Chile, droughts in California and the Languedoc and the boom in fruit-flavoured wines in France is having a knock-on effect on bulk wine prices, according to the latest data from Murphy Wine Company.

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Bulk wine prices tighten for key Chilean varieties, says Murphy Wine Company

Published:  28 May, 2014

Keep on top of the latest bulk wine prices with the latest spreadsheet to the end of May 2014, from bulk wine brokers, Murphy Wine Company.

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Chilean wineries to get squeezed by taxes and sluggish economy

Published:  23 May, 2014

A slowdown in Chile's economy and a possible tax restructure being debated in Congress would raise the price of wine and squeeze already-struggling producers.

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France still best performing wine in on-trade

Published:  13 May, 2014

On-trade wine sales fell by 2% during 2013, and stayed flat in the first quarter, according to figures compiled by CGA for the WSTA market report. In the long-term, France still remains best-performing country for wine in the on-trade. It has grown 10% in the 12 months to January 25, 2014 and now holds a 27% share of total wine sales.

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International Brands in £750k marketing push

Published:  16 April, 2014

International Brands is investing £750,000 into marketing in 2014, with a push on South African wine Makulu and its Broadleaf range.

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Bulk wine grows to 50% of New World exports

Published:  15 April, 2014

The international wine trade hit a "watershed moment" in 2013, with half of all New World wine sales coming from bulk supplies, according to Rabobank.

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Félix Solís plans for "sizeable" UK growth

Published:  15 April, 2014

Félix Solís has "ambitious growth plans" for the UK and will focus on its northern Spanish appellation wines, international varieties and core brands to deliver it.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  04 April, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Beautiful South Tasting scaled back

Published:  02 April, 2014

The Beautiful South Tasting, organised by the generic bodies representing South Africa, Chile and Argentina, is to scale back its 2014 event.

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Chilean wine exports to UK fall by one third in 2013

Published:  02 April, 2014

The UK is still the second largest export market for Chilean wine, but volumes have plummeted by 34% in the last year, with value down 17%.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  28 March, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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NZ wineries import Sauvignon Blanc to cope with demand

Published:  26 March, 2014

Shortages of New Zealand's signature grape have led to imports of Sauvignon Blanc from Chile and South Africa to satisfy demand.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  21 March, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Marcelo Papa at Casillero del Diablo on the exciting changes in Chilean winemaking

Published:  20 March, 2014

Matt Walls catches up with Marcelo Papa to look at the plans for Calillero del Diablo and how developments taking place within winemaking across Chile are opening up new areas and varieties both for domestic and exported wines.

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Mario Pablo Silva, Casa Silva's managing director, on Chile's harvest

Published:  19 March, 2014

Casa Silva's managing director, Mario Pablo Silva, gives us the lowdown on the "promosing start" to Chile's harvest

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  14 March, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Heather Dougherty looks at radical winemaking in Chile with Marcelo Retamal

Published:  11 March, 2014

Excitement, experimentation and risk-taking are not words readily associated with wines from Chile. UK consumers are more likely to come up with reliability, good value and consistency when they think about Chilean wines.

 

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Chile's De Martino winery has a 'Damascene conversion', says Anne Krebiehl

Published:  10 March, 2014

Chilean wine has had a Damascene conversion at De Martino, says Anne Krebiehl.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  07 March, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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González Byass sees rapid growth in on-trade

Published:  05 March, 2014

González Byass is growing rapidly in the UK on-trade since taking on distribution for Champagne Deutz five months ago.

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Memorial service for Michael Cox to be held on April 10 at Southwark Cathedral

Published:  03 March, 2014

The memorial service for Michael Cox, the former head of Wines of Chile in the UK and Europe, who died from cancer at the end of last month, is to be held on April 10 at Southwark Cathedral in London.

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Eduardo Chadwick and Patrick McGrath pay their tributes to Michael Cox

Published:  28 February, 2014

Eduardo Chadwick, president of leading Chilean winery, Errazuriz, and Patrick McGrath, managing director, of its UK partner and importer, Hatch Mansfield, have both paid tributes to Michael Cox, the former head of Wines of Chile, who died last week.

 

 

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Douglas Blyde hears history, gains insight and tastes wines at Fells first summit

Published:  26 February, 2014

Combine one part history lesson with another part insight into the runnings of five family businesses, with a final part of tutored wine tastings, and the first Fells wine forum would result.

Held at Embankment's five-star Corinthia, a hotel realised by the Libyan Investment Authority (vehicle for Colonel Gaddafi's state funds) proceedings began with a speech by Fells MD, Steve Moody. His message was: this time it's personal.

"Today we take a step in a slightly different direction," he said. "Over the last 10 years our portfolio changed dramatically. Now we're one of the most premium wine importers. Rather than a larger, generic tasting, this is more personal. We're in the business of selling stories - and I think we've some of the best in the trade."

The function room of about 40 attendees included "hand-picked" sommeliers João Pires (Dinner by Heston Blumenthal), Vanessa Cinti (Cut, 45 Park Lane), Jan Konetzki (Restaurant Gordon Ramsay) and Charles Pashby-Taylor (Dabbous). The latter (previously of Gaucho) very obviously connected with the event's message. Pashby-Taylor told host Gerard Basset OBE (who donated his fee to a Southampton-based charity for disabled children): "As a sommelier I can talk the hind legs off a donkey on closures and barrels, but nine out of ten guests will sit with blank expressions looking petrified. It doesn't matter if a wine costs £10 or £10,000 a bottle - what guests want to know is, has love and attention gone into it?"

Esoteric only?

Basset paraphrased Jancis Robinson in his address, who recently described how Robert Parker Junior was "annoyed" by sommeliers who "only list esoteric wines" and "forget beautiful wines from a classic region." "In London we're lucky to have very different restaurants. For example at the River Café, I know sommelier, Emily O'Hare will want to surprise me and give me a wine I probably never heard of. But if I were to go twice a month, I'd also want something classic."

Moody showcased five family-owned agencies, including Torres (who owns 10% of Fells) and Symington Family Estates (who own the remaining 90%). Paul Symington said: "I am chairman, but they don't even pay me. I don't even get lunch but some awful sandwich from down the road!" He justified his position: "I didn't buy in to make a profit centre; the only things I ask Fells is not to lose money."

Wearing a bright orange v-neck, Thomas Henriot of Champagne Henriot (1808), whose family also bought Bouchard Père et Fils and Domaine William Fèvre in 1995 and 1998 respectively was first to speak. "Any tradition is an innovation which has succeeded," he said.

Alongside his PowerPoint presentation which featured the amusingly-misspelled heading, 'Are we Dinausaures?' Henriot revealed his modus operandi: "The world is wild: I don't rely on the bank, and I don't imagine fashion will protect my legacy." He clarified the latter. "Putting Syrah in Montrachet wouldn't be re-inventing the wheel; it would be nonsense."

Next, Miguel Torres Maczassek, fifth generation of Torres (1870) showed slides of Torres' Spanish "Chablis" from 1940. "It was hard to sell Spanish wines until after world war two, when people became familiar with the Torres brand."

Unfazed by Pinochet

Torres Maczassek showed an elemental, juicy, fair-trade Chilean sparkling rosé made from the 'Pais' grape, the country's most planted and resistant grape, here found in earthquake-hit sites. I learned that as well as being pioneers (from 1966) in introducing international varieties and stainless steel tanks to Spain, Torres were significant in being among the first foreigners to invest in vineyards in Chile from 1979. "Others were scared by dictator Pinochet," said Torres Maczassek. The locals thought our stainless tanks looked like UFOs."

He also revealed the secret to success, which doesn't depend on automatic dynastical lineage. "We believe not everyone in the family should work in the company - only the people who can add value."

Barone Francesco Ricasoli was the most vigorous producer to speak. Representing the 32nd generation of his family, Ricasoli tends sites in Chianti Classico, a region defined by ancestor, Barone di Ferro (the Iron Baron) in the 19th century and "roughly the size of St. Emilion.'

Ricasoli described the period from 1993 when he and his father, Bettino bought back the estate's name and re-launched the estate. "While everyone was hiding the name Chianti Classico I did the opposite, starting to work on Sangiovese and finding out why it was such a tough variety - almost as much as Pinot Noir. There are 70 different clones listed by the ministry of agriculture catalogue.

While Ricasoli takes a serious, reasoned approach to agriculture, he appeared interested foremost in "historical sustainability" (the estate was founded in 1141) than environmental "sustainability". Indeed, those terms appeared in that order in his presentation. He even denounced the nebulous definition of "natural" wines as "bullshit".

Wines shown, including 2010 Castello di Brolio, which Ricasoli defined as the "Lafite of Italy" were my favourites of the day.

Les Misérables

Penultimate speaker, Philippe Guigal of E. Guigal (1946) was sprightly despite a 3am start. "What is the Rhône valley today?" he asked. "It is France's second largest region after ...I forget the name... Bordeaux," he answered playfully. Guigal showed a rare picture of his grandfather, Etienne in the cellar of then boss, Monsieur Vidal-Fleury, which led to an ultimately uplifting narrative. "Etienne's father passed away when he was just two weeks old. At eight, he was told he was told 'you're the most dynamic of the three kids and must take care of yourself.'" Etienne subsequently toiled in vineyards from 14 to 18. "A Les Misérables start for the Guigal family!" he said. "At 19 the hard worker learned about vinification and a few years later became general manager. When he returned from the war he founded his own winery and vinified 67 vintages."

Following a special request from Moody to "please tell our guests some personal and private about the family that nobody knows" Guigal showed a picture of his mother, Bernadette and father, Marcel dressed for carnival (dad as Doge), then let slip that he and his wife, Eve are semi-pro ballroom dancers.

Guigal summed up his professional advantages. "We are in a world which goes so fast. The average stock of wine in the Rhône is 2.3 months, while we have the valley's largest stock - for 36 months in our three hectares of cellars."

Guigal also revealed while white wines only account for only 3.4% of the Rhône's output, they account for "precisely 25%" of their output. He showed Condrieu La Doriane 2012. "It's too easy with climate change to make ripe, rich, fat, explosive styles - we're moving to straight minerality."

Keeping it in The Family

Finally, Paul Symington confusingly defined himself by his accent. "I'm the only person who sounds British, but I only came to UK for the first time when I was 12 in 1965." He described his situation as privileged. "We don't have châteaux, but the most extraordinary valleys and the largest area of mountain vineyard one earth.

Symington talked of the Cockburn's project. "We rescued it from the hands of a multinational in 2006 and brought it back to its roots. Livery companies now buy it for first time in half a century."

Another positive piece of news involved Dow's 2011, which Symington described as the first port this century to get 100 points from Wine Spectator. "I must have got the right Swiss bank account for the man at Wine Spectator," he joked.

Apparently the last port company with coopers, Symington showed a single year Tawny. "Old Tawny is a complete mystery to the British. This Colheita was as much made by the team of coopers as the winemaker. Almost Cognac in colour, it's Port which adapts to the modern way of living." He told the sommeliers that there is no need to decant this style. "Don't need to disappear into the kitchen." Apparently six barrels or "pipes" of the 1982 were offered to mark for Prince William and Princess Kate "because that's when they were born."

Symington brought the summit to a close. "I had the misfortune of turning 60 in December, which was like falling into a big abyss. I believe in two distinct areas in wine: swathes as a commodity, being well-made but industrial, not speaking of anything other than being red or white. But the chances of having a survivable family business in that area are virtually invisible. Instead, broadly family businesses I think will have an incredible future because something protects us."

After the event Moody told me the event had not been rehearsed. "I don't mind admitting I was a little anxious about doing something so different for Fells. I do believe though that the day was a great success and it seemed to be enjoyed by our producers and the trade alike..."

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UK sales of Fairtrade wine jump 15% in 2013

Published:  25 February, 2014
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Cono Sur to take centre stage when the Tour de France comes to the UK in 2014

Published:  24 February, 2014

Chilean winery, Vina Cono Sur, has signed a deal with the Tour de France 2014 to be the solo wine sponsor for the first three stages of the race that are all taking place in the UK.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  21 February, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Michael Cox UK head of Wines of Chile and respected industry figure has died from cancer

Published:  21 February, 2014

Michael Cox, the highly respected wine trade figure, died last night having lost his year long battle with bile duct cancer. He was at home, as was his wish, and was surrounded by his close family.

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Concha y Toro relaunches Frontera in to the UK focusing on Chilean heritage

Published:  20 February, 2014

Concha y Toro's Frontera is being relaunched in the UK next month with labels linked to the wine's natural heritage and Chilean folk poetry.

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Chile's ?Viña Morandé seeks new coastal sites in Maule

Published:  17 February, 2014
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Q&A with Ricardo Baettig, chief winemaker at Chile's Viña Morandé

Published:  17 February, 2014

Ricardo Baettig, chief winemaker at Viña Morandé in Chile, talks about the 2014 harvest, experimental techniques and new grape varieties coming to the fore, and how people perceive Chilean wine.

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Chile's Chardonnay crop badly hit by frost

Published:  17 February, 2014
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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  14 February, 2014

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Chileans reassure trade over new rules on adding water to wines

Published:  10 February, 2014
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?The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  07 February, 2014

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California's drought could raise foreign wine imports to the US and bulk wine prices

Published:  05 February, 2014

With California in the midst of one the most severe droughts in its history, the shortfall in domestic wine supply in the US could see a rise in bulk wine prices and an increase in foregin wine imports. 

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Argentina, Chile and South Africa team up again at ProWein

Published:  04 February, 2014

Following their tasting tie up last September in London the generic bodies of Argentina, Chile and South Africa are teaming up again to present their wines under the banner of Wines of the Beautiful South at this year's Prowein trade fair in Dusseldorf in March.

 

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Q&A with Concha y Toro's Simon Doyle and its plans for UK market

Published:  23 January, 2014

Simon Doyle, general manager for Concha y Toro UK, on what's new for Casillero, why the big UK push, and why there's a gap in the market for California.

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Concha y Toro to 'play long game' with mid-price Chilean wine Frontera

Published:  23 January, 2014
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Justin Knock MW on wine pricing, supply and demand in 2014

Published:  22 January, 2014

Justin Knock MW, consultant at Cobevco, takes a look at what the industry can expect regarding pricing, supply and demand in the year ahead.

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French wines set for success with advent of sophisticated consumers

Published:  21 January, 2014
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Concha y Toro to bolster spending on Isla Negra and Casillero brands

Published:  20 January, 2014
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Casa Silva produces first wine from Chile's most southern wine region

Published:  17 January, 2014

Casa Silva has produced the first wine from what it claims is Chile's southern most wine region in the region of Chilean Patagonia some 350km from Bio Bio the previous most southern area capable of growing wine in the country.  

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Southern hemisphere harvests look good for bulk wine, says Murphy Wine

Published:  16 January, 2014
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Wine's winners and losers in 2013 and prospects for 2014

Published:  14 January, 2014

The wine regions of the world closed out 2013 with some clear winners like South Africa, which reported record exports, and New Zealand, which just entered into a new trade agreement with Taiwan. But countries including Argentina and Australia faced big challenges. We take a look at how the world's major wine regions fared in 2013 and look at their prospects for 2014.

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Wine's winners and losers in 2013 and predictions for 2014

Published:  14 January, 2014
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Chilean winery Montes moves from PLB to Liberty

Published:  13 January, 2014
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Two Good, 2 Bad for 2013, 2 Hopes and Fears for 2014: Simon Doyle, Concha y Toro UK

Published:  31 December, 2013

Simon Doyle, general manager of Concha y Toro UK helps see the new year in with his 2 Good, 2 Bad for 2013 and his 2 Hopes and Fears for 2014.

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Casa Silva becomes the the eighth winner of the Chilean Winery of the Year

Published:  09 December, 2013

Chilean wine producer, Casa Silva, is the eighth winner of the annual Winery of the Year competition held by the Association of Chilean Wine and Wines of Chile.

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Morgan Stanley predicts global wine shortage

Published:  30 October, 2013
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Early frost in Chile set to bump up wine export prices

Published:  16 October, 2013

Chilean wine export prices are likely to rise in the coming months after the country was hit by an early frost two weeks ago that kept temperatures below freezing for eight days.

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Big, bold, but Beautiful?

Published:  11 October, 2013

The Beautiful South Tasting challenged the concept of generic wine tastings. Erin Smith analyses what worked and lessons for the future

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Beautiful South Tasting to return in 2014

Published:  19 September, 2013

Wines of Argentina, Wines of Chile and Wines of South Africa have said visitor numbers for the Beautiful South Tasting exceeded expectations and it will take place again next year. Additional events under the Beautiful South banner will also take place at other wine events.

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Beautiful South tasting to return in 2014 after exceeding its 2013 targets

Published:  18 September, 2013

Organisers of the first Beautiful South tasting last week at London's Olympia, that brought together wines from Argentina, Chile and South Africa, claim the event surpassed its target figures and that the combined tasting will go ahead again next year.

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Mike Paul: was The Beautiful South the way forward for generic wine tastings?

Published:  16 September, 2013

I have always been a firm supporter of generic marketing. I've chaired importer committees and worked on developing regional strategies. I know how difficult it is to secure an appropriate level of agreement, across the producer and distributor base, to plans with real cut through, and I know how powerful a well coordinated generic effort can be. I also appreciate that coming up with innovative plans is particularly difficult currently when budgets are severely constrained. Given all this and given that generic marketers have no direct control over the producers and wines they represent, I tend to believe that they have one of the most difficult roles in our industry. All this  makes me loth to criticise any generic activity.

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Chile is fastest changing wine producing country claim CYT winemakers

Published:  11 September, 2013

The Chilean wine sector is the fastest changing wine producing country in the world, according to two of Concha y Toro's leading winemakers.

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Ben Smith on why the Beautiful South tasting really is something different

Published:  06 September, 2013

The news that three of the major generic wine bodies were joining forces to present their wines in one single tasting in 2013 was greeted with plenty of enthusiasm in many quarters.  There has been a growing feeling in recent years that the single 'Wines of Xxx' tastings, which have served both exhibitors and visitors well over several years, have become jaded and predictable, and therefore all too easily avoidable.

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Casillero del Diablo partners Meatopia

Published:  05 September, 2013

Chilean wine brand Casillero del Diablo is to be the official wine partner of Meatopia - the festival of BBQ and smoking, set to take place in London at Tobacco Dock on Saturday 7 September.

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Start planning your Beautiful South Tasting

Published:  29 August, 2013

With over 300 tables and 330 producers the first Beautiful South Tasting, to be held on September 11 and 12 in London's Olympia, demands a plan and the full show catalogue is now available online to download so attendees can devise a tactical plan of what producers to put on their 'must-see' list.

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Bottle Green appointed agent for Casa Silva's Doña Dominga

Published:  19 August, 2013

Chilean wine producer Casa Silva has appointed Bottle Green as the new agent for its wine brand Doña Dominga in the UK.

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Fuller's to list Casa Silva Cool Coast in UK

Published:  02 August, 2013

Casa Silva has announced it has secured a new UK on-trade listing for both its Cool Coast Sauvignon Blanc and Cool Coast Pinot Noir with London-based traditional family brewer Fuller's.

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Published:  19 July, 2013
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Michael Cox and Hugh Johnson win IWC awards

Published:  19 July, 2013

Michael Cox, Master of the Worshipful Company of Vintners and wine writer and author, Hugh Johnson, were both recognised for their services to the wine trade at last night's International Wine Challenge 2013 awards.

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Harvest report 2013: Casa Silva, Chile

Published:  11 July, 2013

The 2013 harvest started in late February and continued until May 25. Despite a slow start in terms of volumes, April picked up and the harvest ended eight days later than the previous year.

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Q&A: Adolfo Hurtado, chief winemaker of Cono Sur

Published:  10 July, 2013

Cono Sur, one of the world's first carbon-neutral wineries, launched its new Single Vineyard range at this...

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The Beautiful South tasting signs up 280 exhibitors

Published:  02 July, 2013

'The Beautiful South', a new tasting featuring wines from South Africa, Chile and Argentina, in September has already signed up 280 exhibitors.

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Santa Rita Estates launches premium wine brand

Published:  01 July, 2013

Chilean conglomerate Santa Rita Estates unveiled new premium wine brand Bougainville last month at Vinexpo...

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Chileans breaking the mould

Published:  11 June, 2013

In the first instalment of a two-part Chile focus, Laura Heywood meets the winemakers in the north of the country who are breaking new vinous ground

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Christina Pickard meets biodynamic winemaker Alvaro Espinoza

Published:  04 April, 2013

In a country where the majority of wines are made industrially and conventionally, Alvaro Espinoza is something of an oddity in Chile - albeit an extremely successful one.

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High hopes for 2013 as Casa Silva reports ideal harvest conditions

Published:  11 March, 2013

Chilean winery Casa Silva has reported 'ideal' weather conditions for the 2013 harvest.

Text Chilean winery Casa Silva has reported 'ideal' weather conditions for the 2013 harvest.

 

Picking began on February 26, three days earlier than 2012, with Sauvignon Gris from the Centenary Vineyards in Casa Silva's Angostura Estate.

 

Managing director Pablo Silva said: "I'm very happy to report that we have had ideal weather conditions for harvest this year - we have had very fresh mornings and a few hours of daytime sunshine. We have had no rain and the nights have been quite cold which we are thankful for at this stage, as it will help preserve the grapes' fruitiness and acidity giving us high hopes for 2013.

 

"Within a week we had finished all of the Sauvignon Gris and transported it to the cellar. The wines during the fermentation are showing very good pH levels, with very good fruit in the first tastings."

 

The Sauvignon Blanc harvest started on March 4, five days later than in 2012.

 

"So far we have harvested 30% of the fruit from Angostura and Lolol and I'm pleased with the results as the fruit is showing high quality and excellent acidity," added Silva.

 

The Chardonnay harvest from Lolol began on March 7, also five days later than 2012.

 

Silva said: "Considering the concerns surrounding the Chardonnay variety, I'm pleased to say that the fruit is very healthy and again is showing good levels of acidity.

 

"This is a very good year for plant health, particularly among the varieties that we haven't yet picked. Fruit quality is high, and we are particularly excited about our Syrah, Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. We also expect to pick excellent quality Pinot Noir in the cooler locations, for example in our vineyards in Paredones, just 6km from the coast."

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Chile puts faith in virgin terroir

Published:  01 March, 2013

In the second instalment of our Chile focus, Laura Heywood meets the winemakers exploring new territory in a bid to push terroir-driven wines

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Anne Krebiehl meets Santa Rita Estate's Sebastían Labbé

Published:  22 January, 2013

The dining table at the New Street Wine Shop in the City of London was sufficient to accommodate the small gathering of AWE wine educators to taste with Sebastían Labbé, chief winemaker at Santa Rita Estate's Carmen winery. What was billed as a "Coastal Chile" tasting in the end turned out to be a tasting of select wines from the Carmen stable - coastal and otherwise.

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VIDEO: Harpers heads to Chile to unearth new varieties

Published:  03 January, 2013

Cool-climate wines made from experimental varieties could be the next big thing for Chile - but a strong marketing message is needed if the wines are ever to gain a loyal following in the UK.

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Chilean winery Undurraga switches distribution to Gonzalez Byass

Published:  20 December, 2012

Chilean winery Undurraga has switched agency from Moreno to Gonzalez Byass in the UK.

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Northern Chile offers great potential for non-traditional grape varieties

Published:  06 December, 2012

Chilean producers in the northern valleys of Elqui and Limarí are reporting "commercial promise" for a range of off-the-wall varieties outside Chile's top-five most-planted grapes.

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Premium wines in the spotlight at Chile Summit

Published:  26 November, 2012

With the latest Nielsen figures showing a 49% uplift in volume sales of Chilean wine over £9, there's never been a better time to get behind the country's top-end wines.

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Premium wines in the spotlight at Chile Summit 2012

Published:  23 November, 2012

With the latest Nielsen figures showing a 49% uplift in volume sales of Chilean wine over £9, there's never been a better time to get behind the country's top-end wines.

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Don't miss Monday's Chile Summit

Published:  23 November, 2012

Widen your category knowledge of Chile and explore a diverse selection of wines at next week's Chile Summit 2012.

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Cono Sur claims title of largest global Pinot Noir producer

Published:  22 November, 2012

Cono Sur is claiming to be the world's biggest producer of Pinot Noir in the wake of diminished harvests for New Zealand and Burgundy.

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Chile, Argentina and South Africa join forces for annual wine tasting

Published:  21 November, 2012

Three of the UK's most important generic bodies have ditched their individual tastings and instead have joined forces to offer a larger event in September 2013.

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Southern hemisphere generic bodies team of for tasting

Published:  21 November, 2012

Generic bodies Wines of Argentina, Wines of Chile and Wines of South Africa have teamed up to launch a collaborative generic tasting for September 2013, The Beautiful South.

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Register now for Chile Summit 2012

Published:  19 November, 2012

Time is running out to register for Harpers' upcoming Chile Summit 2012, giving UK drinks buyers a unique chance to learn more about premium Chilean wine and the opportunity it offers your business.

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Harvest shortage: producers urged to rein in prices

Published:  02 November, 2012

Distributors are urging producers to be true to long-term partnerships and not be "too greedy" when it comes to putting prices up, as the impact of 2012's short harvest is felt.

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Wines of Chile holds second sommelier challenge

Published:  02 November, 2012

Wines of Chile has held the second Sommelier Chile Challenge in a bid to illustrate the country's value-for-money on-trade offering.

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Jo Ahearne MW to present masterclasses at Harpers Chile Summit

Published:  25 October, 2012

Jo Ahearne MW, buying manager for Harrods, is the latest speaker to sign up to the Chile Summit 2012 and will present two masterclasses at the event.

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Wine Cellar - Maidenhead

Published:  24 October, 2012

Buying up the Maidenhead Wine Rack after it went into administration in 2009 was a spontaneous move for owner Susie Warner, but a natural addition to working in wholesale through her partner's business the Maidenhead Wine Company. 

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Speakers sign up for Harpers Chile Summit debate

Published:  23 October, 2012

Mitchells & Butlers is the latest drinks heavyweight to air its views in the converts versus cynics debate at Harpers' second Chile Summit.

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Sommelier Spotlight: Romain Audrerie, Lutyens

Published:  17 October, 2012

I started the role at Lutyens three months ago, it's the second generation of staff since its opening in 2009, that also includes a new general manager and head chef.

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At Your Service events - October and November

Published:  17 October, 2012

Find out more about all the latest on-trade events in October and November.

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Chile's Aconcagua Costa awarded DO status

Published:  17 October, 2012

The coastal section of Chile's Valle de Aconcagua has become a new Denomination of Origin, on the back of Viña Errázuriz's long-standing quest to establish the region as a new viticultural zone.

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Matthew Dickinson: why some wine business survive and others become extinct

Published:  11 October, 2012

 

One of the essential values of the modern wine industry's founding fathers, if indeed they thought that way at all, was creativity.

 

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Wine Rack plans four new stores by Christmas

Published:  09 October, 2012

Wine Rack is "holding steady" - having boosted profits in its last financial year it is looking to open another four stores before the end of the year.

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Wine Rack plans four new stores by Christmas

Published:  09 October, 2012

Wine Rack is "holding steady" - having boosted profits in its last financial year it is looking to open another four stores before the end of the year.

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Speakers join the Chile Summit debate

Published:  05 October, 2012

Chilean wine supporters will be going head to head with trade skeptics in the converts versus cynics debate at Harpers' second Chile Summit.

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'Business as usual' for Stratford's under Kingsland ownership

Published:  21 September, 2012

FE Barber, which trades as Kingsland Wine & Spirits and Legacy Wines, has acquired Stratford's Wine Agencies out of administration and has underlined that it is "business as usual".

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Mike Matthews on the Wines of Chile Annual Tasting, September 13

Published:  20 September, 2012

The annual Wines of Chile trade tasting found itself settling in at its new home this week, the MCC, or Lord's to the rest of us. Over 80 exhibitors turned up to showcase just over 850 wines, including some familiar faces, Errazuriz, Cono Sur, Valdivieso, and some not so familiar faces, Junta, Quebrada de Macúl and, one of my favourites, Quintay. The last three wineries are seeking UK agents so please, at least, someone pick up Quintay.

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Luis Felipe Edwards appoints Ehrmanns as off-trade representative

Published:  07 September, 2012

Ehrmanns has been appointed Luis Felipe Edwards UK representative for the off-trade and ecommerce.

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Premium Chile a long way off, warn senior trade figures

Published:  28 August, 2012

Chile's transformation into a premium contender will take years, warn senior trade figures.

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Michael Cox: the importance of the UK market for producers

Published:  06 August, 2012

Michael Cox, European director of Wines of Chile, gives his views on how the changing global wine market is affecting marketing spend in the UK.

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Santa Rita's Terry Pennington looks at the Irish on-trade

Published:  12 July, 2012

Terry Pennington, commercial director for the UK and Ireland at Santa Rita, talks to Harpers about how the on-trade is coping in Ireland amid the euro crisis and on the back of the fall of the Celtic Tiger.

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Cono Sur unveils premium packaging for Bicicleta

Published:  10 May, 2012

Cono Sur is to unveil new premium packaging for its range of Bicicleta wines at this month's London International Wine Fair.

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D&D Wines enters administration

Published:  23 April, 2012

D&D Wines International has gone into adminstration.

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Chilean wines growing fastest in independents

Published:  05 March, 2012

Chilean wines are growing fast in the independent sector - having displaced Italy from fourth place by volume - they now have a 10% share of that market.

 

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Carmenere deserves promotion to Premiership of grape varieties, says Atkin

Published:  17 January, 2012


Carmenere, the indigenous Chilean grape variety, can now claim to have gained promotion to the so-called "Premiership" of first class wine varieties, according to wine critic and broadcaster, Tim Atkin MW.

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Cooler climate wines lead the way in Wines of Chile awards

Published:  16 January, 2012


Eleven of the 17 trophies awarded at last week's Chilean Wine Awards were from its cooler climate wine regions including Limari, Elqui, San Antonio, Casablanca and Bío Bío.

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Regional promo for Chile's Anakena

Published:  29 September, 2011

Chilean producer Anakena is rolling out its annual regional promotion, which kicks off on October 17 and runs for nine weeks.

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Villa Maria and Errazuriz 'Get Wine Wise' in Tesco car parks

Published:  19 September, 2011

Villa Maria and Errazuriz wines are to join the 'Get Wine Wise' roadshow sampling campiagn in Tesco car parks, to help drive up value.

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Viña Errázuriz awarded top Parker points

Published:  10 January, 2011

Viña Errázuriz wines topped Robert Parker's list of Chilean wines for the second year running.

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Viña Errázuriz awarded top Parker points

Published:  09 January, 2011

Viña Errázuriz wines topped Robert Parker's list of Chilean wines for the second year running.

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Richard Siddle: Argentine Adventures, Part Two

Published:  14 November, 2010


Famous last words...having said I was sure I would be back in Mendoza city one day it did not expect to be walking back in to the Diplomatic Hotel some 14 hours later.

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Richard Siddle: Argentine Adventures, Part Two

Published:  14 November, 2010


Famous last words...having said I was sure I would be back in Mendoza city one day it did not expect to be walking back in to the Diplomatic Hotel some 14 hours later.

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Richard Siddle: Argentine Adventures, Part Two

Published:  14 November, 2010


Famous last words...having said I was sure I would be back in Mendoza city one day it did not expect to be walking back in to the Diplomatic Hotel some 14 hours later.

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Richard Siddle, Chilean adventures: winery opening Errazuriz style

Published:  08 November, 2010


When I was first told that as part of the Errazuriz Don Maximiano winery opening event in Chile I would be expected to wear a dinner suit for the gala dinner, the prospect of lugging the full paraphernalia half way round the world did not flll me with excitement.

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Richard Siddle, Chilean adventures: winery opening Errazuriz style

Published:  08 November, 2010


When I was first told that as part of the Errazuriz Don Maximiano winery opening event in Chile I would be expected to wear a dinner suit for the gala dinner, the prospect of lugging the full paraphernalia half way round the world did not flll me with excitement.

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Richard Siddle, Chilean adventures: winery opening Errazuriz style

Published:  08 November, 2010


When I was first told that as part of the Errazuriz Don Maximiano winery opening event in Chile I would be expected to wear a dinner suit for the gala dinner, the prospect of lugging the full paraphernalia half way round the world did not flll me with excitement.

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Richard Siddle, Chilean adventures: winery opening Errazuriz style

Published:  08 November, 2010


When I was first told that as part of the Errazuriz Don Maximiano winery opening event in Chile I would be expected to wear a dinner suit for the gala dinner, the prospect of lugging the full paraphernalia half way round the world did not flll me with excitement.

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Richard Siddle Chilean adventures in Aconcagua Valley

Published:  06 November, 2010


Safely ensconced in Chile for the inauguration of Errazuriz's new winery Don Maximiano in
Aconcagua. A 24-hour plus journey rather beats the hour and twenty minute jaunt down to William Reed HQ. However. catering and onboard entertainment facilities of Brazilian airline,TAM, on a par with Network South.

 

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Errazuriz wants to be Chile's number one super premium winery by 2020

Published:  06 November, 2010


Chilean wine producer, Errazuriz, has set itself a target of becoming the country's number one sustainable icon and super premium winery by 2020.

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Errazuriz still needs to push its premium message, says Eduardo Chadwick

Published:  06 November, 2010


Errazuriz's president, Eduardo Chadwick, still recognises the need, despite the group's international success, to cement its image around the world as a producer of super premium wine.

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Wines of Chile unveils 2020 strategy to double sales to $3bn

Published:  06 November, 2010


Wines of Chile has developed a new strategy that it hopes will make it the number one producer of sustainable and diverse premium wine in the New World by 2020.

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Sign up now for the Chile Summit 2010

Published:  12 October, 2010

Join Harpers Wine & Spirit for a jam-packed day of masterclasses, educational tasting zones and panel debates at the inaugural Chilean Summit 2010 in association with Wines of Chile.

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Head winemaker for Mont Tauch

Published:  24 August, 2010

Mont Tauch, Fitou's largest cooperative, has appointed Jean-Philippe Trollet as head winemaker.

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Harpers to discuss UK's role in global wine market at LWIF

Published:  26 April, 2010

The UK's position in the global wine market will be the subject of the Harpers Debate at this year's London International Wine Fair.

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Chilean earthquake update

Published:  12 March, 2010

More producers and importers of Chilean wines have been outlining the impact the earthquake has had on their business.

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Matthew Clark backs Chile and Rhône in the on-trade

Published:  10 March, 2010

 

Matthew Clark  sees Chile and the Rhône as the two big winners in the UK on-trade in 2010. 

 

 

 

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My Taste: Chile

Published:  22 December, 2009

Carol Emmas reports from a wine tour through Chile.

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Carol Emmas- What's hot in Chile

Published:  14 December, 2009

Tarred with the brush of having "safe and reliable" wines, after a recent visit to Chile it was interesting to view how producers are embracing the new diversity that cooler climates are offering. With a near perfect climate for grape growing, vast tracts of land and little disease, Chile is beginning to resemble a giant vinous playground where excited producers can toy around with land and terroir as much as they like.

Felipe Muller-East winemaker at Tabali thinks Limari is going to have the biggest cool climate development in the next decade. "Many wineries are trying to get a piece of the action here and investing heavily," he says. "For one the weather is safe, it's very dry and there is little risk of rain near harvest which is usually a problem."

"It means producers can grow red grapes that in other cold climate areas is impossible."

Muller-East also compares the Limari Valley to Marlborough as the temperature doesn't get above 25 degrees. He explains the soil is alluvial and similar to Bordeaux, Cotes du Rhone and Loire, with plenty of limestone and active calcium carbonate which helps give wines a pronounced minerality.

Experimental projects and ideals differ from winery to winery regarding the best way to plant, and produce their wines. Tabale is big on GPS referencing having bought geologists in to assess the soils and map out the land.  As a purist, his philosophy is to divide the land up into something more akin to a patchwork quilt. "Nature's not a square path and we want to make sure the right grapes are planted in exactly the right areas."

Over in Aconcagua on the other hand, it's all about blending from different terroirs. Family owned winery, Viña St Esteban produces the InSitu brand and is also experimenting with altitude. General manager and winemaker Horacio Vicente Mena, says there is a real difference between red grapes from the valley and the hillsides and these differences complement each other. "The best results are a blend from the hill, which gives softer tannins and the river bed which produces more minty flavours."

Opinions also differ regarding whether to use original rootstocks or grafted. It's a choice that other countries that have suffered the fate of phylloxera don't have. But Chile being phylloxera free does. De Martino are adamant they want to take the risk against disease and stick with the original rootstocks for the sake of authenticity."

Yet Luis Felipe Edwards won't take the risk. "We've spent four times as much as we would have converting our rootstock. This is our livlihood, we don't want to take the risk, if the vines contracted Phylloxera, it would ruin us."

Having different opinions of whether to be organic, bio-dynamic or sustainable, or whether to plant in valleys, hills or on the coast is all part of this young winemaking country's current rich tapestry. This means we are beginning to and will increasingly see a very rich diversity of wine styles and innovation coming this way soon

First promotion for rescued Wine Racks

Published:  07 December, 2009

All of the Wine Rack stores saved from administration by Venus Wine & Spirit are to hold in-store tastings this Saturday (December 12) on a range of promotional wines.

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New Taste - LIWF special

Published:  07 May, 2009

Claire Hu and Carol Emmas preview the hottest new product releases at the London International Wine Fair and Distil.

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Wine importers urged to stall Indian investment

Published:  23 March, 2009

Foreign importers are being urged not to invest in the Indian wine market until at least 2010 or risk becoming "frustrated" and out of pocket.

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News - New Chilean region

Published:  09 February, 2009

Viña Errazuriz has launched its first wine from Chile's new Aconcagua Costa region.

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Errazuriz launches new Chilean region

Published:  05 February, 2009

Viña Errazuriz has launched its first wine from Chile's new Aconcagua Costa region.

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Chez Bruce comes out top in new Drinking Out Excellence Awards

Published:  23 January, 2009

Chez Bruce has been named as the country's best wine restaurant, after picking up the top prize at the inaugural Drinking Out Excellence Awards this week.

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Santa Rita chairman passes away

Published:  30 October, 2008

Don Ricardo Claro, chair of the Santa Rita wine group in Chile, has passed away after suffering a heart attack.

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Wines in the Press: From old wines to sweet wines

Published:  21 October, 2008

Jancis Robinson MW gets stuck into some circa 1955 vintage Penfolds, Jonathan Ray cosies up to some big, beefy reds and Jane MacQuitty makes a bid to get dessert wines back onto British tables. Meanwhile, it's the turn of Tim Atkin MW to cast his eye over the new look Oddbins range.

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Wines in the Press: Chardonnay and PX are back in vogue

Published:  07 October, 2008

Some unfashionable wines get some good publicity this week; Jancis Robinson sings the praises of sweet Spanish PX varieties and Jamie Goode attempts to reverse some of the damage Bridget Jones has inflicted on Chardonnay in recent years. Elsewhere, last month's Dispatches programme on the use of chemicals in wine is still a talking point; this week Jane MacQuitty has her say.

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Wetherspoons to hold wine festival

Published:  09 September, 2008

Wetherspoon is to host a 19 day wine festival at which it will showcase a range of wines not previously served in its pubs.

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The Sunday Express

Published:  23 July, 2008

"Strawberries are the ultimate summertime treat," says Jamie Goode and his wine selections are intended to reflect this. His first choice is "utterly delicious", if slightly predictable - it is the 2007 Shiraz Ros Casillero del Diablo (5.99, widely available). Next up from Britain's best-known wine blogger is the 2006 Carmenere Luis Felipe Edwards (6.19, Tesco), which gains plaudits for its "deliciously intense, dark-fruited" nature. The "blush-coloured" 2007 Syrah Ros from Santa Julia (5.19, Somerfield) also makes an appearance.

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The Sunday Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

"There's a general perception that fish is easy to match with wine," says Susy Atkins but her terrible pairing of mackerel and Viognier last week put paid to this assertion. Her recommendations for matching the two include the 2006/07 Cabernet Sauvignon Ros Santa Rita (6.24, Majestic) which is "a succulent wine for a fishy barbecue, especially with sardines and salad or the 2007 Muscadet Sevre et Maine (4.99, M&S) which is "versatile with all oily fish, and seafood".

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The Sunday Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

Joanna Simon's Sauce column broaches the topic of Chilean wine. Despite sales of the country's wine products booming, it was not the hot favourites that impressed at last month's Wines of Chile Awards in Santiago. Simon said the event where she judged "left producers reeling - not because the results were poor, but because they were not what was expected". No trophies or gold medals were given to Chardonnay, Simon continued, with the 2007 Alta Tierra winning out as the top Sauvignon regardless of its production in the Elqui Valley - "an area that didn't even grow grapes for wine until 2000". Her top picks include the 2007 Viognier, Anakena (8.49, Thresher) for its "seductive perfumes" and a 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Luis Felipe Edwards (5.99 Tesco).

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The Daily Mail

Published:  23 July, 2008

MATTHEW JUKES challenge this week is to come up with some perfect wine matches to accompany fish recipes from Jamie Oliver. He pairs squid with black pudding stuffing and sticky tomato sauce with 2005 Foncaussade Ros, Les Parcelles, Bergerac (3.99, down from 5.25 until 1 November; Waitrose). This week's WoW is 2005 Anakena Single Vineyard Viognier, Rapel Valley, Chile (8.49 or 5.66 with the three for two deal; Thresher).

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The Sunday Express

Published:  23 July, 2008

In terms of wine matching, deli food requires good all-rounders with similarly straightforward qualities,' says JAMIE GOODE, and he has a few suggestions up his sleeve. One possibility is 2004 Santa Rita Floresta Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda, Chile (9.49; Waitrose).

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The Sunday Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

Sauvignon Blanc may not have the flexibility of Chardonnay, admits JOANNA SIMON, but it's an ideal aperitif or accompaniment to the last of the summer salads'. She recommends 2005 Santa Rita Floresta Sauvignon Blanc, Chile (9.99; Waitrose).

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The Independent On Sunday

Published:  23 July, 2008

RICHARD EHRLICH is raving about Jamie Goode's book, Wine Science: The Application of Science in Wine Making, this week - in a good way. It surveys authoritatively just about every important area of scientific study in the wine world.' Recommended wines include 2005 Anakena Chardonnay/Viognier (5.99; Co-op).

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The Independent On Sunday

Published:  23 July, 2008

The new-look International Wine Challenge (IWC) gets the thumbs up from RICHARD EHRLICH, whose experience with competitions means he thinks he's moderately well qualified to state that when they're well run, they are a largely reliable guide to quality in the bottle'.

This year's changes within the top management and judging panel has resulted in some worthy medals, says Ehrlich, not least because he has already recommended a few of them in the past.

And even if he hasn't, there are many others I would have guessed at'. This week's wine recommendations include 2005 Anakena Chardonnay/Viognier (4.99; Co-op).

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The Independent

Published:  23 July, 2008

Fancy a walk-on part in Desperate Housewives? All you need to do is cough up $7,500 to enter Auction Napa Valley, bid a few thousand more, and your 15 seconds of fame is assured. ANTHONY ROSE reckons that as wine auctions go, the event 'supplants the annual Hospices de Beaune in Burgundy both for munificence and ostentation': 'A litany of extraordinary lots included the opportunity to buy 60 special bottles and taste, eat and drink with its creators, Napa luminaries Robert and Peter Mondavi. Only in America.' Rose also recommends 2003 El Dueo Chardonnay (4.99; M&S); 2004 Santa Rita Floresta Sauvignon Blanc (9.99; Waitrose); and 2003 Petaluma Adelaide Hills Viognier(19.9924.50; Oddbins Fine Wine, Harvey Nichols).

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The Sunday Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

GILES KIME has no such doubts, and recommends a host of his favourite ross, including Ros d'Anjou (2.86; Asda); 2004 Domaine de Pellehaut Ros (5.15; Waitrose); and Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon Ros (5.85; Majestic).

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The Sunday Express

Published:  23 July, 2008

'Antioxidant-rich' South American wines get the JONATHAN BRACEY-GIBBON treatment this week. He picks 2003 Terrazas de los Andes Malbec (9.49; Selfridges); 2003 Santa Rita Reserva Chardonnay (6.49; Sainsbury's); and 2002 Anakena Merlot (6.49; Threshers).

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LIWF 2008 Preview: Wines of Chile Seminar

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wines of Chile will be running a seminar on the second day (Wednesday May 21) of the London International Wine Fair (LIWF).

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Website launch for Chilean producer

Published:  23 July, 2008

Chilean wine producer Luis Felipe Edwards (LFE) has launched a new website www.lfewines.com.

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Louise Hill to leave Stratford's

Published:  23 July, 2008

Louise Hill, the face of Stratford's Wine Agencies, is quitting the company at the end of the month.

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Chilean Wine industry launches a new wine association

Published:  23 July, 2008

The association called Vinos de Chile will unite 95 wineries, representing 95% of the total exported wine market.

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San Pedro joins Les Grands Chais

Published:  23 July, 2008

Chilean wine group San Pedro has parted company with Buckingham Vintners, naming Les Grands Chais de France (LGCF) as its new UK distributor. LGCF will now take responsibility for the Chilean brands 35 South and Castillo de Molina, as well as its Argentinian label Finca La Celia.

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Santa Rita gets planting

Published:  23 July, 2008

Via Santa Rita is about to embark on one of the largest planting projects in the recent history of the Chilean wine history, with an estimated 1,700 hectares (ha) of premium vineyard to be planted by the end of the decade.

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Santa Rita buys 1,600 ha

Published:  23 July, 2008

Chilean winery Via Santa Rita has acquired 1,600 hectares (ha) of vineyard land - both virgin and planted - in the areas of Pumanque and Limar.
This purchase has almost doubled the land ownership of Santa Rita, from 2,000 to 3,600ha, making it the second-largest land-owning winery in Chile after Concha y Toro.
Pumanque, around 30km west of Apalta, has no other vineyard plantings at present, and Santa Rita has already installed irrigation, including a reservoir and 10km of pipes. A wide spectrum of grapes will be planted shortly.
Limar, situated 400km north of Santiago, is also a relatively new area, with Via Tabali the most high-profile producer in the area at present. Santa Rita has acquired 470ha in this region, 65 of which are already planted with Chardonnay, Shiraz, Carmnre and Cabernet Sauvignon. The remaining land will be planted over the next five years primarily with Chardonnay and Shiraz.

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Ian Dunkerley, chef/proprietor, Dunkerleys

Published:  23 July, 2008

How did you get started?
I was born in Ashford (Kent) but then
we moved to Cyprus, because my father worked with the army. He became ill and died, so we returned initially to Deal but then moved to Ashford. It was full of London overspill so it was a tough environment. To keep out of trouble, I did two paper rounds, worked in a sweet shop and in a fish and chip shop - I used to have a barrow at Ashford station and served Bill Deedes (the Conservative MP and former editor of the Daily Telegraph).

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6-7 category up 27%

Published:  23 July, 2008

The 6 to 7 price band is booming in the UK's multiple grocers - with sales by volume up 27% in the last year.

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Valette joins Rita

Published:  23 July, 2008

Patrick Valette has joined Chilean winery Via Santa Rita as wine consultant.

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Caliterra rebrands

Published:  23 July, 2008

Errazuriz is relaunching its Caliterra brand with a new global livery, screwcap closures for all white and varietal red wines, and a new premium tier.

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Majestic boosts Chilean range

Published:  23 July, 2008

Majestic unveiled 70 new listings at a recent tasting of its summer collection - a larger addition to the range than usual. The two sectors to be given the most attention were Chile and Italy, with the former showing growth and the latter receiving a partial overhaul.

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Three men, a dog and global domination

Published:  23 July, 2008

Generally speaking, you should be wary of anyone who begins a sentence with In the old days'. Usually, they'll be talking about bygone eras when the bobby on the beat would give unruly youngsters a swift clip around the ear, or when footballers were real men, kicking a laced leather ball around a mudbath, cheered on by flat-cap-wearing hordes of working-class folk.

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LFE moves into San Antonio

Published:  23 July, 2008

Chilean producer, Via Luis Felipe Edwards (LFE) has purchased 162 hectares of land in the Leyda Valley sub zone of the recently discovered San Antonio Valley.
Located 10 kilometres from the Pacific Coast, the new vineyards will be planted predominantly with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with smaller plots of Gewurztraminer, Viognier and Riesling. Planting of the first 60 hectares will commence in 2006, with the first harvest anticipated in 2009.

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M-erlot C-abernet C-armenre

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wines of Chile
Annual Trade Tasting

Lord's Cricket Ground
London NW8

Tuesday 13 September

10.30am-5pm

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Tiger spotting

Published:  23 July, 2008

The recent launch in Ireland of a new Spanish wine followed the usual routine. The owner of the estate was visiting, and a clutch of press scribblers and favoured trade customers were invited to a lunch hosted by the importer. There was an opportunity to taste the whole range, and before we sat down the importer said a few words of welcome and introduction.

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Rock on-trade

Published:  23 July, 2008

With the retail sector consolidating, and ranges and the supplier base being rationalised, the on-trade has become flavour of the month.

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Chilean consolidation

Published:  23 July, 2008

Although Chile's 2005 vintage has so far proved to be good news for winemakers, it is developments in the boardrooms rather than the vineyards that are making the headlines.

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EVENT HORIZON

Published:  23 July, 2008

As the wine trade's annual get-together settles into the second year at its new home at ExCeL, David Williams talks to organisers Andrew Evans and James Murray of Brintex about what's new for this year, and previews the product launches, events and tastings that will be pulling the punters to Docklands for the 2003 LIWSF

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CHILE: A SUCCESS STORY, BUT WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Published:  23 July, 2008

The following is an edited transcript of the WSET Lecture delivered by Eduardo Chadwick, president of Via Errazuriz, on 3 March

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WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS

Published:  23 July, 2008

Far from being geared merely towards the large-scale production of mediocre wines, Joanne Simon discovers that two Italian co-operatives are driving quality production in two very diverse regions, Trentino and the Marches

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SUNSHINE AND SHOWERS

Published:  23 July, 2008

Europeans often fall into the trap of thinking that Southern Hemisphere summers are as consistent as ours are fickle. But the 2002 vintage confounded that notion, with Australia experiencing its coldest-ever summer in some areas, and the south of Chile one of its wettest. Harpers reviews the mixed harvest in key New World countries

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LET'S PUT ON THE SHOW RIGHT HERE . . . .

Published:  23 July, 2008

The 21st London International Wine & Spirits Fair is almost upon us, and this year it's all change, as the fair heads east to take up residence at ExCeL in London's Docklands. Jack Hibberd looks at the reasons behind the move and its chance of success, while David Williams previews the producers and wines on show

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SPAIN COMES TO TOWN

Published:  23 July, 2008

The 2002 Spanish Wine Trade Fair takes place next week at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London. John Radford considers the optimism surrounding this year's event, and profiles the wines, regions and bodegas on show

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ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

Published:  23 July, 2008

Argentina has been plunged into financial and political disarray. With its fifth president in six weeks, the country is in dire need of stability and an economic rescue package. Monty Waldin, who was in Buenos Aires as the crisis escalated, reports on the threat to Argentina's wine industry, at home and abroad

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BOOST FOR CHILE

Published:  23 July, 2008
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STRATFORD'S STRIDES INTO SOUTH AMERICA

Published:  23 July, 2008
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AXA JOINS IMW'S PRINCIPAL SUPPORTERS

Published:  23 July, 2008
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Via Ventisquero launches Yali Winemaker's range

Published:  18 January, 2007

Yali Winemaker's Selection is a new range of wines from leading Chilean producer Via Ventisquero.

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Chile goes organic

Published:  18 January, 2007

Chilean producer Luis Felipe Edwards has added organic wines to its range.

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Luis Felipe Edwards goes organic

Published:  18 January, 2007

Chilean producer Luis Felipe Edwards has added an organic wine to its range.

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The Devil wears Privada

Published:  18 January, 2007

Concha y Toro's Chilean label Casillero del Diablo will launch a blend on the UK market in the next few weeks.

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Red Hot Chile - a preview of the annual tasting of wines from Chile

Published:  18 January, 2007

London tasting
The Nursery Pavilion, Lord's Cricket Ground, London NW8 8QN
Monday 11 September 2006 - press and on-trade only
Tuesday 12 September 2006 - all guests
(Press are invited on either Monday or Tuesday, with Monday a special day for on-trade and press only)
Wines of Chile is hosting a special focus tasting on Monday only, which will feature the Chilean Gold and Trophy winners from the 2006 UK competitions (International Wine & Spirits Competition, International Wine Challenge and Decanter World Wine Awards). In addition there will a spotlight on Chilean ros and sweet wines

Manchester tasting
The Grand Ballroom, The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Salford, Manchester M3 5LH
Thursday 14 September - for all press and trade

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Product News 28th April

Published:  18 January, 2007

Anakena exclusive - The Co-op has launched a new wine from Chilean producer Anakena exclusively to its stores.

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My View: Regionality is limited by trade and consumer ability

Published:  18 January, 2007

Regionality is one of those terms that transcend criticism.

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