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Zuccardi Family Vineyards, Mendoza, Argentina

ARGENTINA’S ZUCCARDI FAMILY WINES At the foot of the Andes Mountains ( in the Uco Valley ), in the vast desert province of Mendoza, sits Familia Zuccardi, Argentina’s largest family-owned winery as well as one of the leading exporters of Argentine’s premium wines. For over 40 years, the Zuccardi family has produced wines of exceptional quality and value from Maipu and Santa Rosa soils. Every wine at Zuccardi is from estate-grown, hand-picked fruit and is estate produced in a state-of-the-art…

The future of food in South America

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The future of food in South America is uncertain because high-quality food will be grown anywhere in the world with the lowest input cost. The leadership of agriculture and food exports in South America is an achievement of generations and now yields its best harvest. This continent has a most conducive climate for producing high-quality food, as well as exceptional soils, thanks to the volcanic ash of the Andes, accumulated over millennia. All these factors, coupled with hard work, the application of research…

KIWI REAL ESTATE ENTREPRENEUR LOOKS AHEAD

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New Zealand Real Estate’s loss was South America’s Gain Argentina – Brazil – Chile – Paraguay – Peru – Uruguay The Kiwi, New Zealand’s flightless, myopic national bird, is so shy and elusive that most New Zealanders have never seen one as it never leaves the remote forest floors where it lives a solitary, nocturnal life. They are so few in number it’s one of the world’s rarest birds. You’ll never see a Kiwi itself outside of New Zealand. Still, on occasion,…

Why did the the War of the Triple Alliance (Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay against Paraguay) happen?

Paraguay, unlike Uruguay, had a thriving economy at the time. This was called to the attention of Brazil and Argentina, who wanted to keep the economic dominance of the La Plata River for themselves. Aside from this, ships that wanted to arrive at Cuiabá (capital of Mato Grosso, Brazil) had to travel through Paraguayan territory because there was no inland access. And the Paraguayan government began to make travel difficult. Things became tougher when, in April 1864, Brazilian minister José Antônio Saraiva…

Looking at Agriculture as an asset class

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Agriculture is one of the oldest asset classes in the world, time-tested and proven to weather economic uncertainty. Within agriculture, farmland has historically proven itself as a tangible, stable storage of wealth, appreciating approximately 3.5 per cent annually over the last 30 years. A Global Farmland Index recently developed by Savills World Research, an index based on data from 15 key farmland markets across the globe, recorded an annualized growth since 2002 of 14.8 per cent. The robust and steady…

IN ARGENTINA THE UPPER CLASS DOMINATED RURAL LAND OWNERSHIP

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Towards the end of the 18th century, the ruling class had already consolidated its position, commonly referred to as  “Argentines oligarchy”. It is a group of families who own massive amounts of land, dedicated, especially, to livestock production, in the humid Pampa of Buenos Aires, as well as financiers and large merchants linked to export and import, as well as large producers in some other provinces. Unlike English colonies, these mega-farms were never broken up by their socialist governments.…

Property syndicates are popular but investors need to understand how they work and what the risks are

Property Syndicates are an option for the diversified Investor Property syndicates are a great way for smaller investors to pool their funds to buy a larger farm or other properties that would otherwise be beyond their means. They have been around for a long time but have undergone a surge in popularity in recent years. That’s because some investors were put off investing in the share market or managed funds due to losses they suffered during the GFC. The cash and capital gain returns from farm property…

Boating, Golf and Polo: living the dream in Buenos Aires

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Boating, Golf, and Polo: living the dream in Buenos Aires In the River Plate edge of the great Pampas, Buenos Aires allows polo, golf, yachting, and motor boating enthusiasts to literally live steps from their playgrounds. Numerous modern megalopolis dwellers move into central areas to reduce commute times to their workplaces. Come their free time, they recur to ingenious exercises: urban bicycle lanes, rooftop running trails, indoor gyms, skating rings, or simply walking the cat around the block. Yet many…

The enviable cosmopolitan lifestyle of Buenos Aires City wins over any who visit

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You may see them in Paris, London, New York, Milan or any other metropolis. Forever comparing with a mythical South American capital, they gesticulate in a strangely accented Spanish: “we have (do/get) that in Buenos Aires!” They are the porteños (port dwellers), and you can´t call them boisterous: Buenos Aires is all those cities and then some. Founded in 1580, the city received migrant waves from countries as diverse as Spain, Italy, England, the USA, China, Korea, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay,…

“Enormous potential” for new Agro funds in South America

Buy land, said Mark Twain; they ain’t making it anymore. He also observed that one of the secrets to success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. These two aphorisms go a long way to explaining the appeal of investment in agriculture.The world may not be making any more land. Still, it’s undoubtedly making more people, and increasingly millions of those extra mouths are, consuming what they like – which means protein-rich meat diets that the advanced economies…

French giant RAGT Semences Acquires Argentine Seed Company Tobin

The seed division of the French agriculture and life sciences giant, RAGT Semences, acquired 100% of the equity of the traditional Argentine seed company, Tobin. Groupe RAGT, based in Rodez, Aveyron, employs 1,450 persons, with annual revenue of € 411 million. RAGT Semences develops and markets seeds in Argentina and in 47 other countries around the world.  The Tobin acquisition reinforces RAGT’s commitment to Argentina. Tobin was a family-owned company focused on sorghum, maize, and sunflower seed…

The Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires. It is not too late to enter.

The cemetery was inaugurated in 1872, the first public cemetery in Buenos Aires and became one of the country’s most relevant historical and artistic monuments. The people responsible for its creation were the then Governer Martin Rodriquez and his Ministry Bernandino Rivadavia. The first customers were a black free slave called Juan Benito and a young lady called Maria Dolers Maciel. The site is around 54.843 m2 holding 4,800 vaults. In 1881 the front portico was built in Greek Doric Style by the then-president…

Why does Argentina have a dual currency ? The Blue Rate

In Argentina, where about a dozen different exchange rates overlap, the government is creating ever more rules about who can access dollars and for what, making an already vexing system more complicated in a bid to delay the inevitable devaluation. Is the Blue Market Really a Black Market? In a standard economy, money is money. Whether you carry a briefcase of crisp hundreds into a bank in New York or a sack filled with small bills into a branch in Nebraska, the deposit to your account will look precisely the…

Direct Farmland Investments in South America as an Inflation Hedge

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Farmland is seen as an attractive long-term investment that offers current income, capital appreciation, an inflation hedge and favourable diversification that is negatively correlated with traditional asset classes. Most investors have experienced wrenching declines in the value of their portfolios from time to time. Still, those with an agricultural allocation benefited from less volatility and positive returns to offset losses from the other asset classes. Current Income Crop farmland has consistently produced…

What Questions to Ask A Real Estate Salesperson before hiring them?

I have gathered some questions from my experience selling high-end real estate as a salesperson to managing GTSA operations in South America over the past 30 yrs. I think anyone thinking of selling their real estate investments should consider asking these questions when interviewing a potential salesperson or company to use. Before interviewing them, do some homework. The most important is to check their Web Presence in English and Spanish. If they have little or no presence, they should not be on your list…
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