Concha y Toro resumes operations

Concha y Toro resumes operations

Vina Concha y Toro has resumed wine production and distribution less than two weeks after a powerful earthquake struck the country and its wine industry.

The wine company, Chile's largest, said yesterday (10 March) that its four production plants, Pirque, Lo Espejo, Vespucio and Lontue, have restarted full operations.

"This has enabled us to resume our distribution operations, domestically and in all our export activities," said the group, which produces the Casillero del Diablo wine brand.

Damage to roads and wine buildings in the earthquake, which killed hundreds and registered 8.8 on the Richter Scale, forced Concha y Toro to suspend production.

Around US$250m-worth of wine has been lost in the quake, according to national trade body Wines of Chile. It reported last week that structural damage across the industry was not as bad as initially feared.

Concha y Toro said that its wine grape harvest is unaffected, except for the Puemo cellar, which should be operational within the next two weeks.