October 18, 2010.
At a reception for the President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, to commemorate Chile’s Bicentenary at Vintners’ Hall in the City of London, Michael Cox, European Director of Wines of Chile, was made a Commander of the Order of Merit of Chile (Comendador de la Orden al Mérito de Chile), an honour established in 1817.
This is the highest honour that can be bestowed on non-Chileans and is awarded to foreigners who have achieved distinction to the benefit of Chile.
The evening was hosted by Martin Mason, Master of the Worshipful Company of Vintners, and His Excellency Tomás Muller, Chilean Ambassador to Great Britain presented the award to Michael Cox in the presence of His Excellency Sebastián Piñera, the President of Chile.
In his acceptance speech Michael Cox said that the award represented the proudest moment of his 40-year career in the wine trade. He added “I have an excellent team and the unwavering support of the Chilean wineries and ProChile. It is great for the on-going success of Chilean wine in the UK to be recognised in this way and confirms the pleasure and pride that I derive from working with the Chilean wine trade and in helping it make even more progress.”
President Piñera paid tribute to the export success story of his country’s wines and the positive impact wine has on the image of Chile abroad. He also gave an impassioned account of the recent ‘good news’ story of the rescue of ‘Los 33′ miners from deep beneath the Atacama Desert and how the miners were able to toast Chile’s 200th anniversary underground on 18th September 2010 with a glass of wine.
All of us at Wines of Chile are very pleased and proud of the work that Michael Cox has done for Chilean wine over the years. ..
Congratulations and well done Michael!
For more information and photo images please contact:
michael @ winesofchile.org.uk
karen @ winesofchile.org.uk