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Caipirinha to Cabernet

Brazilian Wines Go International

It should come as no surprise that Brazil has been cultivating fine wines since its colonization. With a vibrant culture, diverse and ample terrain, and a booming economy, this South American powerhouse has all the necessary components for a viticulture victory. Although Brazil is considered the 5th largest wine producer in the southern hemisphere, there issurprisingly little buzz about Brazilian wines on an international level, something that the Brazilian wine industry is looking to change. In this glimpse into the world of Brazilian wine, Alternative Latin Investor sought insight from Patricio Carraro ...

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The Newest Designer Labels... In a Glass

Analysis of the Latin American wine market

 2010 saw real evidence that a new phenomenon had arrived in the wine market:  the rise of the new ‘Style Label’. This phenomena had long threatened to expose itself but until last year stayed comfortably under most of the industry’s radar. The resilience of the wine market shone through against the backdrop of a slow global economy.  Last year’s high demand for the ‘Style Labels’ - which include the most famous wines from France’s Bordeaux region - meant that the top 100 most traded wines rose a whopping 40% in value according to the Liv-ex wine exchange in London … 

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Wine and the World Cup

A look at the Latin American Fine Wine commodities market

 The Fine Wine commodities market continues to move at an impressive pace, with some Bordeaux wines achieving a 25% growth in value so far this year. It means those in the commercial world are having to plan ahead – and that is not a reference to bar and restaurant owners! It may seem a fair distance away but much of the planning for Brazil’s World Cup in 2014 is well underway, with massive investment programs for such things as transport and stadia development already being implemented. Soccer fans across the world are waiting with baited breath to see the result … 

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Fine Wine Investors Thank Latin America for a Healthy Profit

Fine Wine Investment in Latin America

 Prices for the world’s most famous wines are rocketing, particularly those from the famous French Estates, providing investors with a relatively new and lucrative way of diversifying a portfolio’s asset base.Only fifteen years ago the Fine Wine Market was still seen as a bit too esoteric for the average investor, more something for the wine enthusiast or connoisseur. Today this perception has rapidly changed and the market for buying and selling the ‘Investment Grade’ wines of France has moved into a sophisticated sphere with trading networks that can accommodate investors at any level, whether the stake is $5000 or $5 … 


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Argentine Wine Harvest: 2010

A look at the Argentine Wine Harvest for 2010

Argentina, due to its terroir, is known for only having good years and great years. The consistencies of the climate - dry, high altitude, porous soil, and fresh run-off water, make Argentina the workhorse of the wine world.  With that being said, 2009 was not such a good year for wine production, but we are happy to report that 2010 is looking up. From the one billion kilograms of grapes produced in 2009 about 12.1 million hectoliters of wine were made and about 30% (2.9 million hectoliters) of that wine was exported … 

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Torrontes: The Next Malbec

A discussion regarding Torrontes as the next Malbec

 Since 2004 no other country has seen the meteoric rise in volume, value and market share figures that Argentina has in the import segment of fine wine to the U.S. Over the last two years, while all other segments of imported wine have been down in both value and volume—except for Argentina’s across the Andes rival—Argentina has seen value increase in 2008 by 26.6% (U$ 500m) and volume by 15.6% (18.1m 9L cases), and through 3Q 09 value was up 8.8% and volume 8.9%. (It’s important to note that over 50% of all wine sales in the … 

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A Truly Personal Investment in Argentina and Wine

A look at Anuva Wines: sourcing, importing, and distributing boutique LatAm wines

 On November 3, 2004, only 36 hours after stepping off a plane from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires, Daniel Karlin met the girl he was going to marry. They just got married in July. In the interim, Karlin, with the help of his wife Lourdes, started Anuva Wines, a company that sources, imports, distributes and markets boutique wines from Argentina for the U.S. market. The original impetus for the business came from a simple observation that tourists to Argentina fell in love with Malbec and Torrontés—the quintessentially Argentine varieties—just like Karlin did when he arrived … 

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Wine Investment from a Latin American Perspective

The ever-increasing range in options for Wine Investing

 In today’s market, despite these times of crisis, there is a lot of money looking for a safe home. Given low global interest rates, depressed stock markets, and collapsing property values, fine wine is undoubtedly an interesting investment, and as the top “New World” (Chile, Argentina, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand) wines continue to improve and compete with the previously dominant Bordeaux and Burgundy wines, there are an ever-increasing range of options. As with any investment, one needs to be aware of the risks and possible traps and take qualified counsel … 

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