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Tim Atkin MW: Taking wine to the limit

Published:  10 January, 2020

The life jacket seemed like a good idea, given the size of the launch and the strength of the wind barreling down the jetty. Nervously, I climbed on board and prepared for the final leg of a journey that had started more than 1,000km away in Santiago with a flight to Puerto Montt. From there, I’d taken a ferry to the Isla Grande de Chiloé and driven to Quicavi on its eastern coast. Now it was time to visit the tiny island of Añihué, home to one of the most remote and unusual vineyards in the world.


CyT first wine producer to certify its native forests under FSC standards

Published:  03 January, 2020

Concha y Toro (CyT) has announced it has become the first wine producer to certify its native forests under Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards - a certification for the owners of forests who aim to ensure their conservation.


Championing Chile

Published:  25 September, 2019

There have been plenty of emerging highlights, but Chile stills needs to push its premium offerings says Andrew Catchpole.


Santa Rita renews partnership with the IMW

Published:  18 September, 2019

Santa Rita Estates (SRE) has announced it will continue to form part of the Institute of Master of Wine’s (IMW) international supporter community for a further three years. 


Hallgarten boosts portfolio with Chilean and Oz producers

Published:  13 September, 2019

Hallgarten & Novum Wines has expanded its portfolio with two new producers - Chile’s Undurraga and Australia’s Tahbilk.


Roust Group increases Concha y Toro sales in Russia and Poland by 68%

Published:  09 August, 2019

Concha y Toro is celebrating a burst of successful trading in Russia and Eastern Europe via its distribution partner, Roust – with hints of further expansion in the near future.


Santa Rita renews Arsenal deal

Published:  24 July, 2019

Chile’s Santa Rita winery has signed up for a second three-year partnership with Arsenal football club.


New association in works to highlight Leyda’s cool climate

Published:  17 July, 2019

A new members association is underway to highlight the unique terroir of up and coming wine region Leyda and its surrounding vineyards as a destination for premium coastal climate wines.


Santa Rita appoints UK export manager

Published:  24 June, 2019

Santa Rita Estates (SRE) has appointed Alex Kennedy to the role of UK export manager.


Bibendum-PLB takes trophy at annual Santa Rita Arsenal event

Published:  15 May, 2019

The annual Santa Rita 120 Arsenal Experience was won this year by a team from Bibendum-PLB.


Santa Rita says $25m investment in sustainability will pay long-term dividends

Published:  14 May, 2019

South American producer Santa Rita Estates (SRE) says it doesn’t regret ploughing $25 million USD into sustainability initiatives over the past five years, despite sustainable and organic cues having less sway with consumers.


Bancroft expands organic menu

Published:  08 May, 2019

Bancroft Wines has expanded its organic menu with the addition of Chilean Nuevo Mundo.


Concha gears up to join ‘wine in can’ category

Published:  03 May, 2019

Concha y Toro (CyT) is poised to become the latest wine producer to turn to the can as the increasingly popular format continues to gather momentum in the UK.


Santa Rita harvest reveals yields down, quality up

Published:  23 April, 2019

Santa Rita’s 2019 harvest has produced lower yields than normal but higher quality grapes, according to a report from the South American producer.


Amathus signs exclusive distribution deal for De Gras

Published:  03 April, 2019

Amathus Drinks has signed a deal as the exclusive distributor of Chilean wine brand De Gras, previously distributed by Enotria.


CyT premium wines deliver growth

Published:  01 April, 2019

Concha y Toro (CyT) UK has reported “sizeable value growth” from its premium wines.


Santa Rita half way to launch first wave of wines following WiSe project

Published:  22 March, 2019

Santa Rita Estates (SRE) is launching the first wave of wines from the ‘new’ vines it planted five years ago as part of its quality driven WiSe project.


Prowein: CyT unveils ambitious plans to push through £10 Chile price ceiling

Published:  20 March, 2019

Chilean producer Concha y Toro (CyT) has put in place a new premium-focused strategy designed to double the company’s operating margins by 2020, coupled with the aim of boosting sales of its brands at £10 and above.


Tim Atkin MW: Celebrating Creole

Published:  01 March, 2019

Compiling a list of the 10 best red and white grapes is an entertaining parlour game for consenting wine lovers. Should Chardonnay trump Riesling and Chenin Blanc? And what about Cabernet Sauvignon? Better or worse than Pinot Noir, Grenache or Nebbiolo? I’ve played this dozens of times around the world and the results differ more than you’d think. Yet some varieties never make the podium. There are more than 5,000 to choose from, but no one ever finds room for Aligoté, Dornfelder or Seyval Blanc.


South America pips Italy into second place for UK drinkers

Published:  21 February, 2019

There has been a shift at the top of the UK’s hotly contested wine rankings, with the combined sales of South American heavyweights Chile and Argentina overtaking Italy, the UK’s second most quaffed region, in terms of value.