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UK Annual Tasting: Chile Takes Centre Stage

WoC UK Annual Tasting, Sept 2009The widest choice from the narrowest country was the theme of another successful Wines of Chile Annual Trade Tasting that took place in London on 9th September 2009.

A total of 85 producers from Chile welcomed the ‘great and good’ from the UK trade, as well as some buyers from continental Europe, to the Royal Horticultural Halls in London for what has become one of the most important generic tastings in the busy UK trade calendar.

With over 1,000 wines to taste, Chile’s reputation for diversity was much in evidence combining dynamic new wine styles from cooler, coastal regions with classic varieties from traditional regions; the common denominators being value for money, and a real sense of place.

“Chile truly does offer something for everyone” stated Michael Cox, UK Director of Wines of Chile.  He added “I am pleased to see a growing number of independents and restaurateurs attend this event because, more than ever, Chile’s wines can brighten their lists and please their customers”.

Despite the difficult economic climate, or perhaps even because of it and the late summer sunshine, the attendance this year was as good as in previous years. With value the watchword, the 600 plus visitors from all sectors of the trade were able to understand why Chile continues to make vibrant progress.

The seminar also outlined the work being done to enhance energy efficiency and carbon neutrality within the Chilean wine trade. Elena Carretero, the Director of Vinnova, detailed the advice on good practices that is now available to the wineries via this initiative, with the objectives of making Chile’s wine trade socially responsible and agriculturally sustainable.

“The Route to Sustainability” was the subject of the Wines of Chile Seminar, held at the start of the day.  Professor Yerko Moreno from the University of Talca highlighted the important research that has taken place so far that will result in a Sustainable Code of Practice being in place by the end of 2010.  This unique collaboration between Vinos de Chile and the University is an important step towards Chile being able to put real meaning, and tangible protocols, to its ‘green’ image.

The seminar also outlined the work being done to enhance energy efficiency and carbon neutrality within the Chilean wine trade. Elena Carretero, the Director of Vinnova, detailed the advice on good practices that is now available to the wineries via this initiative, with the objectives of making Chile’s wine trade socially responsible and agriculturally sustainable.

René Merino, Chairman of the Board of Vinos de Chile, stated, “This is one of the most important challenges facing Chile’s winemakers. The creation of the Sustainable Code and the adoption of energy efficient practices will ensure that Chile leads the world in environmental responsibility as well as natural quality”.

Download the event catalogue (PDF, 96 pp)

Download the event catalogue (PDF, 96 pp)

For more information download the full Annual Tasting catalogue (left).

For further information about the work being carried out by the wine consortium Vinnova and TechnoVid, see: www.vinnova.cl/EN/mision.php.

For more information about this event or other Wines of Chile activities in the UK, contact:
Michael Cox – Wines of Chile UK Director
michael@winesofchile.org.uk

tel: +44 (0)1344 872 229

WoC UK Annual Tasting, Sept 2009WoC UK Annual Tasting, Sept 2009

One Response to “UK Annual Tasting: Chile Takes Centre Stage”

  1. I am afraid I was unable to attend the recent Chile Tasting. I am extremely interested in increading our Chilean Portfolio. Could you please e-mail the recent tasting brochure! Thanking you! Trevor

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