Thursday, March 4, 2010


By all accounts the terrible earth quakes that hit Haiti and Chile were devastating entailing enormous loss of human lives and properties and untold miseries due to break down of normal life. While Haiti's quake was supposed to be of a lesser magnitude, in terms of human loss it was much more compared to that in Chile. It is a tribute to the bon-homie that exists to day amongst all nations which made it possible for international aid to be delivered in no time and render help to the unfortunate victims of the disasters. In one of the reports emanating from Chile, with 500 years of history in making wine is a force to reckon with in the global wine trade and the damage caused to the wine industry there has been described as extensive requiring years to rebuild them.

"Chile is the world's fifth-largest exporter of wine (after France, Italy, Spain and Australia), and its wine industry has been badly affected by the 8.8 quake. Damage is still being assessed, and it's too early to know what the extent of the long-term impact on the wine industry will be. But James Molesworth, an editor for Wine Spectator magazine, has been tweeting reports from wineries in the quake zone, and early indications are that many have lost inventory, buildings, or both (but, thankfully, so far, no loss of life among employees has been reported). One witness described the smell of wine along the roads in front of wineries".

To what extent the wine industry will suffer financially remains to be assessed but given their determination and industrious nature, the Chileans will rebuild the battered industry to its pre-quake glory. If California could do it after the infamous quake in 1989, Chile can also succeed in in its revival endeavor. Whole world will be with this developing country from South America in its efforts to regain the lost ground due to this natural disaster.


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