Rhonéa flourishes

The co-operative wineries of Vacqueyras and Beaumes de Venise merge

Monday August 07 2017 by Vitisphere

After an engagement that lasted three years, the two Rhone co-ops can now enter into holy matrimony.

The Vignerons de Caractère winery in Vacqueyras and Vignerons de Balma Venitia in Beaumes de Venise are to merge and form a single entity – the agriculture co-operative Rhonéa. After setting up the Vignerons des Dentelles in 2014, subsequently renamed Rhonéa, the co-operatives’ boards have confirmed that they will be absorbed into the joint company. Chaired by Claude Chabran and managed by Pascal Duconget, Rhonéa will now aim to “strengthen its image and its brands, finalise the pooling of resources, rationalise winemaking for the different appellations, simplify legal structures and administrative procedures, ensure a return on forthcoming investments and standardise vineyard management”, said a press statement.

Key facts

Rhonéa has 236 member growers and 1,800 hectares of vineyards in the Côtes du Rhône appellation area, including 1,000 ha boasting growth status. The co-operative group produces 40,000 hl of AOC Beaumes de Venise (70% of the red appellation) and 30,000 hl of Vacqueyras (30% of the appellation). From a sales perspective, Rhonéa announced that it marketed 8 million bottles in 2016 worth 32 million euros, translating to respective increases of 8% and 10% compared with 2015. Last year, 83% of Rhonéa’s wines by volume were sold in the domestic market – 45% in multiple retail, 16% in wine merchants’ and the on-trade, 14% directly from the winery and 7% via shipping firms. 

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