Viticulture: retirement of Alain Carbonneau, the famous Montpellier teacher

Wednesday September 25 2013 by Vitisphere

Since the first of September, Professor Alain Carbonneau, the emblematic viticulture teacher and researcher has officially retired. Having resigned from the National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA), he will remain connected with the Montpellier Agronomical School (SupAgro). He will also keep the presidency of the International Expert Group on Wine and Vine Systems (GIESCO). And he will manage the Progrès Agricole et Viticole newspaper. In fact, he will not be that much out of the industry. He said to us that he wants "to keep on fighting for the viticulture, an investment in what I believe most".

For him, the future of the wine world lies in sustainable wine-growing. He considers that the vineyard "is entering a new phase, after the one imposed, a century and a half ago by phylloxera, powdery and downy mildew, and after the mechanization following the World War II. We entered a profound change that will pass through vines cultivated variety, vineyard management and new technologies".

 

Born and raised in Marseille city, Alain Carbonneau shared his career between Bordeaux and Montpellier, between research and teaching.

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