Mrz 03 2010

CHILE: Miguel Torres winery damaged in quake

Tag: Länder,Weingütersigi.hiss @ 17:45

Joe Bates –

Torres  wine destroyed
Torres wine destroyed
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The Miguel Torres Chile winery has reported significant „material losses“ from the  powerful earthquake which hit the city of Concepción.
The winery, which is situated in Curicó in Chile’s central valley, has had around 300 casks of its wine smashed, thousands of bottles of wine destroyed, and 100,000 litres of wine have leaked from a cracked stainless steel vat.

The winery’s main buildings have withstood the quake, however, and none of its employees were harmed. Chile’s wineries and vineyards have suffered extensive damage in the quake, which struck at the weekend and has claimed hundreds of lives and left many more homeless.

Torres, which has donated EUR50,000 (USD68,000) to the relief effort in Curicó, said it is confident of repairing the damage quickly. Spanish wine producer Torres’ Chilean subsidiary was founded in 1979 and recorded sales of 3.9m bottles in 2008.

Mrz 03 2010

Chile: flights resume as wineries count the cost

Tag: Ländersigi.hiss @ 12:30

Adam Lechmere, and agencies – Chilean airline LAN has announced it is resuming some flights from Santiago, as winemakers across Chile assess the damage after the devastating earthquake that hit the country on Saturday. LAN said in a statement today that it was resuming 15% of domestic and international operations.

Chilean officials said 500,000 houses were destroyed or badly damaged, and President Michele Bachelet said ‚a growing number‘ of people were listed as missing. Major wine regions to the south of the capital Santiago have been affected. Maule and Bio Bio south of the capital were near the epicentre of the 8.8-magnitude earthquake – the strongest in 50 years.
The death toll, which stands at around 700, while hardly insignificant is considered low by some commentators. This is due to Chile’s sophisticated earthquake-proof buildings, and also to the fact it is the height of summer and many people are away. Continue reading „Chile: flights resume as wineries count the cost“

Mrz 03 2010

Dominique Lafon takes on new consultancy

Tag: Weingütersigi.hiss @ 12:27

David Furer – Dominique Lafon of Burgundy’s Domaine des Comtes Lafon has undertaken his first venture outside of Burgundy. Lafon is now consulting winemaker to Evening Land Winery, a project owned and based in the US which sources wines from Oregon, Burgundy, and different regions in California.

The first release is a Pinot Noir from Oregon. ‚I like Oregon and the potential of this area,‘ he told ‚The project is ambitious in aiming for high quality wines made „a la bourguignonne“.‘ Burgundy-trained Isabelle Meunier, formerly of New Zealand’s Felton Road and Burgundy’s Domaine de la Vougeraie, is working with Lafon.

Evening Land leases 30ha of Seven Springs Vineyard, in Willamette Valley’s Eola-Amity Hills in Oregon. Three-quarters is planted to Pinot Noir with the remainder Chardonnay and some Gamay. In addition to its first 2008 vintage release, other Evening Land wines include those sourced from California’s Sonoma Coast and Santa Rita Hills along with a Burgundy Cote d’Or.