CVG produces wine with no added sulphites

Wednesday January 24 2018 by Vitisphere

- Photo credit : CVG

Unable to develop organic wines due to its current vineyards, Caves et Vignobles du Gers (CVG) has decided to join the “product-free” trend and is launching, not natural wines, but bulk wines with no added sulphites. After technical trials in 2016, the co-operative produced its first 1,000 hectolitres of wines with no added SO2 in 2017. All the wines are labelled PGI Côtes de Gascogne, half rosé from Cabernet-Sauvignon, and the other dry white from Gros Manseng. Although no investments were required in the winery, adjustments had to be made for the bulk wines both in terms of wine making and transport, with temperature control a key aspect.

The wines were produced in conjunction with a Scandinavian monopoly and CVG says it is fully satisfied with its first test run. “Both the technical and marketing results are extremely conclusive”, said Eric Lanxade, CVG sales director. The Gers-based co-operative winery is now considering applying for vegan certification for its wines with no added sulphites.


Low alcohol


In a bid to keep abreast of market trends, CVG has also been trialling low alcohol white and rosé wines for the past three vintages. The wines have an ABV of 10% and 10g of residual sugar and come from an early-ripening single-vineyard selection. CVG is now producing 2,500 hl of low alcohol wines out of a total 200,000 hl of PGI Côtes de Gascogne.

In both cases, Eric Lanxade believes that “these two new areas of development are key to leveraging differentiation”. 


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