Quake hits Chilean wine industry

The huge 8.8 magnitude earthquake to hit Chile which may have had enough power to shorten Earth's days also damaged Chile's wine industry.

The quake hit SW of the Chilean capital Santiago which is close to Chile's main wine producing region. The Miami Herald reports that steel fermentation tanks tipped over, wine bottles broke, bridges cracked and there are reports of wineries without power. The vineyards themselves appear to be ok, but the real loss was the “tens of millions of litres of wine” which was just being prepped for sale. While it is still early, it appears the area has escaped the devestation which occured on the coast.

We at WineCollective have featured Chilean wines recently from the areas impacted and will continue to support the industry.