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08/22/14

Carolina Wine Brands is to start planting the near-extinct Romano grape in Chile having made a wine from the variety last year.

08/21/14

The price of Argentine wines will remain stable, according to one importer, despite the country being in the grip of an economic crisis.

08/20/14

Rodrigo Soto did his thesis on organic farming, and now he is head winemaker for Huneeus Wines in Chile including Veramonte and Ritual.

08/18/14

The Chilean wine industry should convert all its vineyards to organic practices according to one respected winemaker in the country.

08/15/14

Concha y Toro is bringing down the alcohol level of its Casillero del Diablo Cabernet in a bid to make one of the world's best selling wines more "drinkable".

08/14/14

A new travel project has been launched in Chile, producing a "luxury" book and DVD to promote the country's wine, food and scenery.

07/31/14

Argentina is on the brink of defaulting on debt payments for a second time in 13 years over a dispute with hedge fund investors - such a default could seriously damage the country's wine industry.

07/31/14

Some of Chile's biggest wine producers are working to revive the Pais grape that arrived in the country with Spanish colonisers but has since lost favour to more modern international varieties.

07/11/14

A proposed tax hike could force some Chilean winemakers and grape growers out of business, it has been reported.

07/09/14

Today, wine in Chile is taxed at 15 percent per liter wholesale. That's high compared to other nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that includes the much-wealthier major wine countries of Europe and the Americas. If the new tax, part of a much larger tax reform proposed by Chile's new government, is passed, as of September the new rate for all alcoholic beverages would be 18 percent plus 0.5 percent per degree of alcohol, which represents 60 percent more for a wine of 12 percent ABV than the present tax.

06/20/14

Spanish wine giant Miguel Torres has bought 230ha of land in Chile's Itata Valley region as part of a plan to insulate its wine business in the country from the effects of climate change.

06/20/14

Within hours of Chile's famous victory, Bloomberg reported that shares in Viña Concha y Toro, the country's largest winemaker, and Compañia de las Cervecerias Unidas (CCU), the country's largest brewer (which also has a strong wine portfolio), had surged, buoyed up by the promise of increased alcohol sales as fans celebrate.

06/19/14

CCU jumped 3.2 percent, the most in nine months, and Concha & Toro surged 3.4 percent. The stocks led gains in Chile's benchmark Ipsa index, which advanced 1.1 percent.

06/13/14

"When I was younger," said Chilean winemaker Felipe Tosso last night at an intimate tasting of his wines at Churrascos, "I made big and bold, intense, tannic wines. But now that I'm older [in his early 40s] and now that I'm a father and more mellow, I make more food-friendly wines. I want to have fun drinking my wines."

05/26/14

After years of dealing with a strong local currency, Chilean wine exporters began celebrating the peso's decline versus the U.S. dollar, but the cheering subsided when Chile's new administration in March sent a bill to Congress that includes raising taxes on companies and alcoholic beverages.

05/23/14

A first look at vintage quality down south, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

05/21/14

Fernando Zenteno is considering ripping up 15-year-old chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon vineyards in Chile's central valley as the country plans to raise wine taxes to the highest among wine-producing nations.

04/08/14

A weaker currency and painful inflation is increasing production costs

03/28/14

Unhelpful weather at different times in the growing season, including frost and late season rain, means Argentina's 2014 wine grape haul is set to drop by around a fifth versus last year, according to the country's National Institute of Viticulture.

03/26/14

Wine tourism in Argentina is on the rise, spurred on by the devalued peso that has recently dropped 30% against the US dollar. This makes visiting Argentina attractive not only to Americans, but to many Brazilians as well who find excellent deals on wine and food.

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