Emergency declared in Chile after worst frosts in 84 years

4th October, 2013 by Lucy Shaw

Chile has declared a state of emergency after its worst frosts in 84 years have caused an estimated US$1 billion worth of damage to grapes and fruit crops.

Chile's snow-capped Andes

Chile’s snow-capped Andes mountains

According to Reuters, the frosts have impacted a large expanse of land running from the Elqui Valley at the top of the country, all the way down to Bio Bio far south.

Agriculture minister Luis Mayol put the damage to Chile’s fruit exports caused by the frosts at 30% of and has pledged aid for farmers.

Among the grape varieties, Reuters reports that Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have been hardest hit.

However, as the grapes have not yet fully flowered it is difficult to assess the full extent of the damage.

“These frosts are the worst that agriculture has faced in 84 years, impacting the area from Coquimbo to Bio Bio,” the national agricultural society told Reuters.

In addition to copper and fruit, wine is one of Chile’s most profitable exports, valued at US$1.8 billion, according to government figures.

The frosts not only put farmers’ jobs at risk, but could also lead to a rise in grape prices, which could impact on inflation and Chile’s already slowing economy.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Job vacancies

Sales Manager – Midlands and South West

Pol Roger Portfolio
Midlands and South West

UK Brand Ambassador - That Boutique-y Gin Company

That Boutique-y Gin Company
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Senior National Account Manager – Grocery (Craft Spirits)

Maverick Drinks
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Senior National Account Manager – Wholesale RTM (Craft Spirits)

Maverick Drinks
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Digital Marketing Manager

Master of Malt
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Experienced On Trade Sales Person

Borough Wine Imports
London, GB

3 x Business Development Executive

The Lakes Distillery Company Limited
Newcastle head office and nationwide, UK

Editor

Master of Malt Ltd
Tunbridge Wells(Kent)

Sales Account Manager - On-Trade

Berkmann Wine Cellars
Liverpool

Brand Manager

Hallgarten Druitt
Luton, UK

Experienced On-Trade Salespeople Required

Portal Wines and Spirits
London, UK

Purchasing and Sales (Wine Trader)

JF Tobias
London, UK

The Global Merlot Masters 2017

Deadline : 17th April 2017

db Awards 2017

Deadline : 28th April 2017

The Global Organic Masters 2017

Deadline : 14th April 2017

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

Deadline : 12th May 2017

Click to view more

Global Chardonnay Masters 2016

Now in its fourth year, the competition will identify the best Chardonnay from all around the world in every price range.

Rioja Masters 2016

Now in its fifth year, the competition will recognise and reward the finest Riojas on the world stage.

Fortified Masters 2016

Now in its third year, The Fortified Masters will reward the best fortified wines on offer.

The Global Malbec Masters 2016

the drinks business is proud to announce the inaugural Global Malbec Masters 2016.

Click to view more