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Michael Cox Receives Award from President of Chile

Michael Cox and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera

Michael Cox and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera

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.

Michael Cox & Chilean President Sebastian Piñera

Michael Cox & Chilean President Sebastian Piñera

Michael Cox, Orden de Merito de Chile

Michael Cox, Orden de Merito de 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.

Michael Cox (WoC UK Director), Sebastian Piñera (President of Chile), Cristián López (Director ProChile, London), René Merino (President, Vinos de Chile)

Michael Cox (WoC UK Director), Sebastian Piñera (President of Chile), Cristián López (Director, ProChile London), René Merino (President, Vinos de Chile)

René Merino, Master Vintner Martin Mason, President Sebastian Piñera, Michael Cox, Canciller Alfredo Moreno

René Merino, Master of the Worshipful Company of Vintners Martin Mason, President Sebastian Piñera, Michael Cox, Canciller Alfredo Moreno

Michael Cox, recently decorated with the Orden al Merito de Chile

Michael Cox, recently decorated with the Orden al Merito de Chile

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 Cox-
michael @ winesofchile.org.uk
Karen Sutton-
karen @ winesofchile.org.uk

Michael Cox, recently decorated with the Orden al Merito de ChileRené Merino, Master Vintner Martin Mason, President Sebastian Piñera, Michael Cox, Canciller Alfredo MorenoMichael Cox (WoC UK Director), Sebastian Piñera (President of Chile), Cristián López (Director ProChile, London), René Merino (President, Vinos de Chile)Michael Cox & Chilean President Sebastian PiñeraMichael Cox, Orden de Merito de ChileMichael Cox and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera

7 Responses to “Michael Cox Receives Award from President of Chile”

  1. Matt Wilson says:

    Top award for a top bloke.
    You are now officially Don Michael

  2. Katharine O'Callaghan says:

    Congratulations on your big gong Michael and to Anita, Karen and everyone at Wines of Chile who helped make this happen. Keep up the good work!

  3. Pablo Moreno says:

    Well done Michael and team, it represents all your excellent job for Chilean Wines.

  4. Felipe Cruz says:

    Dear Michael,

    A very deserved recognition to you hard work in the UK on behalf of all the Chilean Wine Industry.

    Warmest regards.

  5. Michael Cox says:

    Many thanks to all who have left kind comments, and to everyone who has sent me so many nice emails. 2010 has been a busy your for WoC but this award made it a very special year. My trusty team and I look forward to yet more success in 2011. Salud y Viva Chile!
    Michael

  6. Nettie Firman says:

    Michael, This is Absolutely Fantastic. I am so proud of you. Well done indeed,

    Love from Nettie

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