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Argentine grape growers for low quality, bulk wines must improve standards, create new products or switch to other fruits and vegetables to return to profitability, Mendoza Governor Francisco Perez said.


De Martino will stop producing two cheaper wines from grapes grown in the Limari Valley, about 200 miles (320 kilometers) from the Chilean capital, to free up precious water for its bestseller that goes for $29 a bottle, enologist Marcelo Retamal said. If parched reservoirs aren't replenished, grape growing in Limari may disappear altogether.


Many people divide the world of wine into old and new, a distinction based on time: the Old World has been making fine wine a lot longer than the New. For example, countries like France, Spain and Italy are part of the Old World, whereas Australia, the United States and Chile are part of the New World.


When Eduardo Chadwick went to open up international markets for his family's winery, he quickly discovered that people didn't know much about his native Chile. They knew even less about the quality wines he was looking to sell.


"Cabernet Franc is a hit! Even a bigger hit than Malbec, regarding international ratings".


In the second of our Chilean winemakers to watch series, Amanda Barnes counts down from 10 to one.


Whisper it gently - certainly to those lovers of big, heavily extracted, super-ripe, sweet-fruited, oaky Mendoza Malbecs - but a revolution in Argentina is nearing completion. Nothing of course to do with economic or social issues, but rather a quest by many of the country's leading winemakers to reinvent the style of the country's flagship varietal.


To understand how to crack the +£10 wine barrier, Chilean producer Concha y Toro hosted a blind tasting and discussion with key members from across the UK trade


While Chile is best known for its Bordeaux blends, it's Mediterranean grapes that are becoming an increasing focus for the country's winemakers.


Chile is developing more upmarket styles of Sauvignon Blanc, often using barrel fermentation, to distance itself from Marlborough's herbaceous take on the grape.


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


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


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


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


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".


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


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.


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.


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


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.

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