This time the damage sustained in this earthquake strikes home to a lot more of us wine consumers. Chile as we know has come leaps in bounds in producing high quality and beautifully crafted wines. Just a couple years ago one of their prized wines "Clos Apalta" was the winner of the prestigious Wine Spectator award "The Wine of the Year".
Reports are now surfacing that some of Chile's wineries have undergone serious damages. On winebusiness.com I read a report that said this:
"A magnitude-8.8 quake — one of the biggest in centuries — has reportedly killed at least 708 people and destroyed or badly damaged 500,000 homes.
It has been reported that Eduardo Chadwick of Errázuriz said all people were accounted for and no problems at his Aconcagua winery but the Curicó and Colchagua cellars were affected. Unofficially Viu Manent lost 1.6 million liters of its wine also Casa Silva and Los Vascos around 80 percent each. This is unconfirmed.
But Casa Lapostelle’s Cunaco winery sustained a lot of damage and loss. Hopefully their Apalta facility is safe as it is built into rock, but there have been rumors of damage in Aplata as well.
Arnaud Frennet of Casa Silva emailed, “We are all safe and fine. Material damage is very large. This country is devastated. There is a serious challenge ahead of us.” - Winebusiness.com
My family's thoughts and prayers will be with the magnificent and beautiful people of Chile