Reports from Chilean wineries suggest that they are relatively unscathed by the 8.3 magnitude earthquake that hit the country on Wednesday evening. The quake's epicentre was in Illapel, near La Serena, where some northerly wineries are located.
Today the country celebrates its independence day, less than two days after the quake hit. The most recent reports from Chile put the death toll at ten, although according to Wines of Chile none of these are connected to wineries.
'Amazingly, apart from some buckled stainless steel tank legs, and some cracks in some other tanks (with minimum loss of wine), amazingly the damage is nothing on the scale from the 2010 earthquake,' said Wines of Chile's UK director Anita Jackson.
Jackson added that those working in wineries had already returned to work yesterday. 'They amaze me with their shaken but not broken attitude,' she said.