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Chile’s drive to reinvigorate the agricultural co-operative economy continues

‘We have a very demanding international market in terms of volume and quality, and for that small farmers have to unite in co-operatives’ Chile’s agriculture minister Antonio Walker has announced a meeting of Congress in October to explore “the best legislation to reinvigorate modern co-operatives in Chile”. Speaking at a special session on co-operatives, organised by the senator of the Los Ríos region, Alfonso de Urresti, the minister said: “Co-operatives represent the most important…

Chilean wines: Bad Season or Better Opportunity?

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image of a Chilean Vineyard
Chilean Wines: The National Agricultural Society of Chile (SNA) issued a press release which expresses concern about the drop in production this year. The heavy rain that hit Chile caused a significant decline in the harvest. Patricio Crespo, current President of the SNA, said: “According to the data collected from our associates, this records an estimated drop in grape production of 30%, equivalent to about 400 million fewer litres of wine this fall season. This would imply a final production of wine…

Chile’s Vineyards Are Booming

These are boom times for the vineyards of Chile. The latest figures from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine reveal a record year for the South American nation, with wine production up 23%. Chilean wine has long been considered good value for money, a reliable, inexpensive and safe everyday option. But there’s far more to it than budget Sauvignon Blancs; you can also find wines of far superior quality. Jane MacQuitty, in her weekly wine page in The Times (of London), for example, has just recommended…
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