Four top players in Chile’s wine industry were nominated for Wine Intelligence 10 for 10 Business Awards – and a Chilean CEO claimed a prize.
Out of 30 candidates, Eduardo Guilisasti, head of Viña Concha y Toro, was one of ten winners chosen for their impressive and positive contributions to the worldwide wine trade.
As Wines of Chile reported earlier this year, this prestigious award commemorates the 10th anniversary of Wine Intelligence. Nominees and winners were chosen by a distinguished panel of 10 judges who are also experts and key participants in the wine industry.
The 10 for 10 Business Award was presented to Guilisati at Concha y Toro’s headquarters in Santiago on August 23.
“I feel very honored to be given this award,” Guilisati said in his acceptance speech, according to a Wine Intelligence press release.
“I’d like to share this recognition with the success of the Chilean wine industry as a whole…. For me wine is so unique because it’s one of the products that most strongly reflects the distinct environment where it was produced… Chile has much to be proud of in its achievements over the past 10 years, so this [award] is for Chile and especially to my dedicated teams across all production areas and professionals that spend their time travelling the world to promote our wines across the globe.”
According to one Wine Intelligence judge, “Eduardo has transformed Concha y Toro into one of the most important and respected wine producers in the world, helping to establish Chile as a global player.”
“I was delighted to hear that Eduardo Guilisasti had been awarded one of the 10 for 10 Business Awards by Wine Intelligence,” says co-nominee and Wines of Chile European Director Michael Cox.
“The impact on the world of wine that Concha y Toro has had in recent years has been substantial, and under Eduardo’s guidance, Concha y Toro has been a beacon of light and a veritable flag carrier for the Chilean wine trade, giving Chile real impetus and acclaim in the premium wine scene.”
Cox and other nominated Wines of Chile front-runners share the spotlight and credit for putting Chile on the global wine map.
Nominees Eduardo Chadwick of Viña Errazuriz and Miguel Torres of Bodegas Miguel Torres were also highly regarded by the Wine Intelligence panel.
Continues Cox, “The fact that two other people closely associated with Chile were also nominated by the Wine Intelligence for these awards is another testimony to the strength and dynamism of the Chilean Wine scene.”
Of course, I am also thrilled to have been nominated!” he adds. “But my job over the last 9 years has been made so much easier by being able to represent talented and innovative winemakers and export managers who have helped us to re-shape the way Chile is perceived, and to have enabled us to build such solid foundations to create a brave new world of wine.”
Congratulations to our winner, Eduardo Guilisati, and to all nominees!