In 2021, Cognac can plant 2,306 ha of vines versus 1.5 ha for Bordeaux and 0.1 ha for Alsace

Friday January 29 2021 by Vitisphere

 Nationwide, applications for new planting permits fell by 1,500 ha between 2021 and 2020. Nationwide, applications for new planting permits fell by 1,500 ha between 2021 and 2020. - Photo credit : BNIC (Stéphane Charbeau)

On 20 January, FranceAgriMer's specialist wine board approved a quota for new plantings totalling 5,101 hectares for 2021. This translates to a 20% drop in acreage compared to the maximum threshold voted in 2020. As Covid puts pressure on decisions for the future, “all the producer regions have made an effort this year”, said the board’s chairman Jérôme Despey. “There were no issues, all applications were approved”.

All applications for new planting permits have dropped. Significant limitations have been imposed in Cognac, for Gironde appellations and Alsace”, stressed Despey. Cognac has reduced its quota by 32 %, to 2,306 hectares for 2021, compared with 3,398 hectares in 2020. For Bordeaux AOCs, applications can be considered symbolic, at just 1.5 hectares in 2021, compared with 150 hectares last year, as is the case for Atlantic PGIs with 1 hectare versus 80 hectares in 2020. The story is similar in Alsace, where the quota for 2021 is a diminutive 0.1 ha, compared with 30 ha in 2020.

In a press release, the Cognac marketing board BNIC welcomed national approval for its regional application. For Charente brandies, the application “is in line with the quarterly situation showing record market shipments” and a “2020 harvest higher than forecast [at] 13.48 hectolitres of pure alcohol per hectare; the annual yield for Cognac was set at 12.80 hl PA/ha”. Coming as a pleasant surprise to producers during the harvest, the bountiful 2020 crop “will enable the industry to replenish its climate reserve stocks. It will also enable it to meet the growing needs of its markets over the long term”.

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