Santander Sees the Future in Argentina, Brazil, Latin America

Patrick Archer foreign investment, franchises, visionaries

If you had any doubts about where the smart money is moving globally, you might want to take a look at Grupo Santander, the largest bank in the Euro-zone and one of the largest banks in the world. In recent interviews with everyone from Bloomberg to El Pai­s, Santander officials are understandably bullish on Argentina, Brazil and Latin America in general…so …

Buenos Aires Outlet Shopping Attracting Bargain-Hunters

Patrick Archer arts & entertainment, lifestyle, tourism, vanityba

It used to be that Argentines had to travel roughly 4,500 miles to South Florida or Orlando’s International Drive to indulge in deep discount retail therapy, but it seems the outlet concept has caught on fire in one BA neighborhood. Villa Crespo has long been known as a solid, middle-class residential neighborhood, but the 2001 financial crisis left this BA …

“Honey, I Bought A Vineyard in Argentina!”

Patrick Archer entrepreneurs, foreign investment, wine & vineyards

Politicians are a bit like chess players in the way they are constantly plotting their next moves: pushing new agendas, pursuing re-election or seeking higher office. But for one Alaska politician, the next move was as original as it was unexpected. Wasilla City Council member Nancy Hall announced she will step down from her post and move with her husband …

Argentina Among The Most Affordable Countries For Wine Production

Patrick Archer average prices, competitiveness, foreign investment, global rankings, wine & vineyards

Global investors must weigh a variety of factors like country risk, capital controls and transparency before choosing where in the world to invest. But what about winemakers? The number of wine producing countries (70) is over twice the number of teams that compete in a World Cup (32). Plus global grape production (675 million quintals last year) was widely distributed …

Quality Trumps Quantitiy in Argentina Wine Harvest

Patrick Archer agribusiness, foreign investment, lifestyle, wine & vineyards

“Better Late Than Never.” That’s how Wine Spectator describes the 2010 harvest in Argentina, a year marked by a slow sugar start, some potentially-damaging weather fluctuations and, ultimately, a lower level of wine production compared to 2009. But fear not, the finished product is still outstanding. “Argentinean winemakers are pleased with lower alcohol levels and ripe tannins which they believe …