Val d’Orbieu: Joël Castany assumes the chairmanship of the Languedoc cooperative union

Monday September 22 2014 by Vitisphere

The passing of wine grower, Jean Devic, at the start of September, left the Val d'Orbieu cooperative, of which he was president, in a state of shock.  After the initial stupefaction, and while its 11 cooperative wineries were busy bringing home their harvest, the Val d'Orbieu-UCCOAR group convened its board of directors to elect a new president.     Joël Castany, the president of the Cap Leucate wine cooperative, has now been appointed the successor to Jean Devic (president of the Montredon-des-Corbières cooperative).  Joël Castany (photo) became vice-president of the Vignerons de Val d'Orbieu, having resigned from the chairmanship in 2004.  José Martinez, the president of the Terroirs en Garrigue cooperative (Corneilhan), became Val d'Orbieu’s  vice-president.

Val d'Orbieu represents 2,500 growers with an annual production of one million hectolitres of wine which includes Bordeaux AOC, Coteaux du Languedoc AOC, IGP d'Oc and European Community wines. In 2013, the group generated a turnover of € 274 million (30% on export markets).



[Source: Vitisphere; Photo: Val Orbieu-UCCOAR Group]


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