'Significant' damage to Chile's wine areas
Published:  01 March, 2010

The devastating earthquake that hit Chile on Saturday has damaged the wine areas of Bío Bío, Cauquenes, and other parts of Maule, and Curicó.

The devastating earthquake that hit Chile on Saturday has damaged the wine areas of Bío Bío, Cauquenes and Curicó.

Wines of Chile's UK director Michael Cox said: “The news from Chile over the weekend is alarming, shocking, and concerning.

“Although no stranger to seismic activity, Saturday’s massive earthquake has shaken but not broken Chile.

“Clearly there has been significant loss of life, especially in and around Chile’s second city Concepción, and considerable damage to buildings, roads, bridges and infrastructure.

“However, it is also evident that damage and fatality numbers have been greatly reduced by the many earthquake-resistant buildings that are a feature of modern Chile.”

He offered “heartfelt sympathy to all Chileans and wishes its many friends and colleagues a speedy return to normal life” on behalf of the British wine trade.

He said it was still difficult to know the extent of the damage to Chile's infrastructure and wine regions.

“I have had contact with a number of friends in Chile who report that there is significant damage in the southern wine areas closest to the epicentre, notably Bío Bío, Cauquenes, and other parts of Maule, and Curicó.

“Even wineries as far north as Colchagua have been affected, with structural damage, road collapses, and power and communication problems,” he added.

Cox said Wines of Chile will “find a way to ensure the UK wine trade can send funds to help families in need as Chile finds its proud feet again”.




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