Sir Edmund James Palmer Norton
Sir Edmund James Palmer Norton (1865-1944) was an engineer of English descent who was born on the frontier between Germany and Denmark, though raised in England. He is credited as a pioneer of Argentine viticulture.
After graduating with a degree in engineering his expertise in building railway bridges was requested to help build the Transandine Railway which connected the Argentine railroad from Mendoza to Santiago, Chile. This line, climbing through the Andes through a 12,000-foot pass, was built in one of the most difficult railroad terrains in the world.Schreiner, John . Travels in Argentina Wine Country: Bodega Norton. Plan It, British Columbia. Retrieved October 24, 2008 from http://www.planitbc.com/Articles/article241-BodegaNorton.html Though the railway has not been functional since 1984, in 2006, both the Argentine and Chilean governments agreed to refurbish the railway and make it functional by the year 2010, at an estimated total cost of US$460 million.
In 1989, Bodega Norton was acquired by Austrian entrepeneur Gernot LangesSwarovski, owner of Swarovski Crystal Company. Bodega Norton now exports over 1.5 million cases annuallyMolesworth, James . A Sit Down With Bodega Norton. Wine Spectator Retrieved October 23, 2008 from http://www.winespectator.com/Wine/Blogs/Blog_Detail/0,4211,1541,00.html
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