Branden Chili

Branden Chili

Branden Chili

Voor vanavond staat de Wijnbrevetles over Amerika, Noord – en Zuid-Amerika in De Eerste Soester Wijnschool op het programma. Natuurlijk is een van de belangrijke onderwerpen de Chileense wijnbouw. Terwijl ik het aan het voorbereiden ben, krijg ik het volgende vreselijke nieuws onder ogen. Branden Chili:

Maule

Vandaag in Decanter.com: meer dan 100 wijngaarden verwoest in Maule! De ergste bosbouwramp in de geschiedenis van de Zuid-Amerikaanse natie. Waarbij de wijngaarden in Maule in het bijzonder getroffen zijn. Verderop zijn vijf hectare wijngaarden in de Colchagua weggevaagd door de vlammen terwijl de branden daar door raasten. Brandweerlieden in Maule meldden temperaturen van boven de 100° C, electriciteitskabels smolten weg, huizen zonder energie achterlatend. Drie brandweerlieden zijn omgekomen tijdens hun strijd tegen de vlammen.

Dit is wat Decanter er verder over zegt:

Sergio Amigo Quevedo, winemaker at Cancha Alegre, lost six hectares of old vines to the fires.

“It’s hard to believe that vines you’ve taken care of with such love and sacrifice are lost along with part of the viticultural patrimony of Chile, because of a voracious fire caused by careless men,” he told Decanter.com.

Diego Morales of Bisogno Wines lost 25 hectares of 150-year-old País vines, having tried to fight the fire with his family.

“The firefighters were so overloaded that they arrived five hours after the fire had passed. What burnt here was a cultural patrimony of more than 200 years. The authorities always minimise these problems and don’t react on time,” he told Decanter.com.

Wines of Chile is working with the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture to establish which vineyards have suffered from the fires and assess the extent of the damage in order to give the necessary help as soon as possible.

Anita Jackson, UK director of Wines of Chile, said: “This is a tragic situation and we feel so helpless here. Those affected are in our thoughts and prayers and we hope that the fires will be brought under control very soon.

“We are expecting to have a better idea of the situation within the next day or so as it hasn’t been easy to communicate with the wineries in the affected regions.”