Chilean president to celebrate UK success

07 October, 2010

Chilean president Sebastián Piñera is visiting the UK this month to celebrate the growing success of Chile’s wines in the UK market.

Chilean president Sebastián Piñera is visiting Britain this month to celebrate the growing success of Chile’s wines in the UK market.

He is attending a reception at Vintners’ Hall in London on October 18, where the Trophy and Gold Medal winners from all major wine competitions will be available to guests.

A range of old vine Carignans will also be on show.

Chile’s off-trade volumes in 2006 stood at 6 million cases and had a retail value of £273 million. The figures for the year to July, according to Nielsen, value take-home sales of Chilean wine at £451 million and report volumes of 9 million cases.




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