Wednesday November 13 2019 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Xi Jinping prefers Languedoc wine

 The two presidents tasting the wines on November 5.

Tuesday November 12 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Champagne marketing campaign proves successful with wine merchants

Launched two years ago, the SGV communications campaign is showing proven results with its priority target audience of 25/45 year-olds.

Friday November 08 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

27 Anjou and Saumur appellations stop blanket chemical weed control

 'We are asking the State to take responsibility. We want the same rules to apply across France' stressed the Anjou and Saumur wine producers’ organisation.

Thursday November 07 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Provence wines invent a bespoke regional exhibition

 On 6 and 7 April, trade players and influencers are invited to Provence for a trade exhibition focusing on an experience-based event.

Wednesday November 06 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Languedoc co-operatives asked to maintain wine prices, at the very least

 “There is no reason to be pessimistic in the region. We are fortunate to have a diversified range of wines covering appellations and PGIs, which gives us the flexibility to adapt our product profiles to suit market demand”, commented Ludovic Roux.

Tuesday November 05 2019 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

France’s wine industry and trade object to “dry January”

 “This message will bring a feeling of guilt to the 90% plus French people who drink below the limits. But it will not change the behaviour of the minority who have an addiction”, criticised Jean-Marie Fabre.

Monday November 04 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Château Figeac retrieves its brand name, but not its monopoly

 The ruling “should curb untimely purification crusades after centuries of coexistence”, concluded Caroline Lampre, who claimed, “We should not have been taken to court”.

Friday November 01 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Moderate increase in the price of Champagne grapes

 The upward trend in grape prices continues in Champagne.

Thursday October 31 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

The Chablisienne co-operative winery sets out to win over Millennials

 The new wines are designed to be drunk in venues such as wine bars and fashionable seaside restaurants

Tuesday October 29 2019 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

France votes tax on flavoured wines

 The French aperitif wine federation is concerned about “prohibition for the category in France”.

Monday October 28 2019 - Equipment by Vitisphere

In five years, the price of French barrels has increased by 11%.

Since 2014, France has been the leading market for French barrels, ahead of the United States.

Friday October 25 2019 - distribution by Vitisphere

The most visited websites during this season’s wine festivals

In September 2019, of the 10 websites that came under scrutiny, Vinatis had the highest number of visitors

Wednesday October 23 2019 - wine Tourism by Vitisphere

Champagne announces a major new wine culture event for 2020

The Paris event will provide visitors with a venue for learning more about Champagne, including a dance show and the obligatory tasting.

Tuesday October 22 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Are red wines with an ABV of 14% the key to “business as usual”?

 Are there ways of getting around the increase in U.S. taxes? The wine industry is working on it, but it is not that simple...

Monday October 21 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

European crop plummets

“After a record harvest in 2018, output in 2019 is close to the five-year average” announced the European Commission.

Thursday October 17 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Champagne winegrowers threaten to block an extension of the production area

Maxime Toubart, chairman of the Champagne winegrowers’ organisation SGV (left), warns: “If we have no guarantee that the new areas resulting from the review of production boundaries will be regulated after 2030, we will face our responsibilities and suspend work on boundary demarcation”.

Wednesday October 16 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Estimates predict a 14% drop for the French crop

Overall, “production has been revised downwards since August due to the worsening effects of the drought”, said Agreste.

Tuesday October 15 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

A communal area for foreign wines at Wine Paris and Vinexpo

The communal hall is a “strong signal sent out to all industry players”, said a press release.

Monday October 14 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

The prospect of tax hikes in the US leaves Provence unmoved

In 2018, one in ten bottles of Provence wine was sold in the United States, by far the leading export market for the region’s rosés.

Friday October 11 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Vinexpo Explorer takes a trip to Beaujolais

Dominique Piron has been chairman of InterBeaujolais since July 2016. On arrival, he decided to launch a strategic plan to try to give the region new impetus.

Thursday October 10 2019 - distribution by Vitisphere

The movers and the shakers of the bulk wine industry to meet at the WBWE

The 11th World Bulk Wine Exhibition will be held in early December 2019 in Amsterdam.

Wednesday October 09 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

InVivo Wine is moving into sparkling wines, thanks to Pernod Ricard

With sales of 5 million bottles, “Café de Paris is currently one of the ten most widely sold sparkling wine brands in the world, bound mainly for Japan, Switzerland and France”, said Frédéric Noyère.

Tuesday October 08 2019 - opinions by Vitisphere

Bordeaux’s new chair thinks entry-level wines are needed

Marc Médeville on his election as chair of the Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur producers’ organisation.

Monday October 07 2019 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

The price of French wines could increase by 30% in the US market

“All French regions will be affected because they all export to the United States,” warned Antoine Leccia (left), on October 3 alongside Burgundy negociant Louis-Fabrice Latour.

Friday October 04 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

80 ha of land for self-sufficiency in vine production

Renovations and the official opening are planned within the next year so that the name of the property can be revealed....

Thursday October 03 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Sitevi 2019 backed by positive developments in the equipment market

From left to right: Alain Savary, CEO of Axema, Jean-Pierre Van Ruyskensvelde, CEO of IFV, and Jean-Louis Cazaubon, vice-chairman of the Occitania regional council.

Wednesday October 02 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Martell’s XXO pops up in the category created by Hennessy

The XXO blend was produced by Christophe Valtaud, cellar master at Martell Cognac.

Monday September 30 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Organic wines popular with the French

From left to right: Thierry Julien, chairman of France Vin bio; Philippe Gérard, vice-chairman; and Bernard Rabouy, an organic winegrower in Gironde

Friday September 27 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Discover the latest annual selection of Crus Bourgeois wines

The selection marks “ten years of a quality scheme implemented by the Crus Bourgeois du Médoc, supervised by the authorities, which requires that the wines be selected blind by a panel of experts”, a press statement said.

Thursday September 26 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

EthicDrinks, France's first green trading company

Mickael Alborghetti, founder of EthicDrinks: “The wine industry is introducing environmental initiatives left, right and centre, but trading companies are not building on this progress by trading in an environmentally friendly way”.

Wednesday September 25 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Bordeaux wines harder hit on special offer

“In the regular range, Bordeaux comes under fire more for shelf exposure with a faster decline in demand. The drop in demand in the regular range is worsened by a fall that is much more marked than for the competition when on special offer”, commented the CIVB.

Tuesday September 24 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Laurent Fresnet becomes cellar master at Mumm

Laurent Fresnet was named best sparkling wine maker in 2015 and 2016 by the International Wine Challenge.

Friday September 20 2019 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

The Loire Valley pens a 10-year development blueprint

Jean-Martin Dutour, chairman of InterLoire: “We will be looking at changes in the indicators because the plan is not cast in stone”.

Thursday September 19 2019 - Winemaking by Vitisphere

France faces risk of smoke taint

“Most of the levels are low, but smoke taint can progress”, warned Vincent Bouazza.

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