Wednesday July 31 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

CVG makes HVE certification the basis of future supplies of bulk wines

 CVG defines itself as a “wine creator serving the interests of its bottling customers”.

Tuesday July 30 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Environmental transition in the Côtes du Rhône rapidly gains momentum

 Philippe Pellaton, chairman of the Côtes du Rhône producers’ organisation with signatories of the biodiversity agreements.

Monday July 29 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Gérard Bertrand likens his new Languedoc rosé to a temple

According to Gérard Bertrand, Clos du Temple carries a message: “Earth, time, transcendence”.

Friday July 26 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Miren de Lorgeril claims Languedoc is leading region for rosé wines

Miren de Lorgeril, chair of the CIVL: “We are creating a Languedoc rosé phenomenon”

Thursday July 25 2019 - Wine people by Vitisphere

Chinese actress Zhao Wei buys herself a fourth chateau

Zhao Wei has become an ambassador for the Bordeaux wine region and was inducted into the Saint-Émilion Jurade in 2012.

Wednesday July 24 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Cabernet d'Anjou sales outstrip Côtes de Provence

Rosés now represent a quarter of Loire Valley wine production, with Cabernet d'Anjou accounting for two-thirds of this volume (315,000 hl).

Tuesday July 23 2019 - Wine people by Vitisphere

Marc Médeville becomes chair of Bordeaux appellations

Marc Médeville has been involved in the AOC Bordeaux producers’ organisation since 2006. One of his main roles was as head of the promotion committee.

Monday July 22 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Wine Paris updates information on its occupancy rate

In terms of visitors, Wine Paris aims to attract some 30,000 visitors, 35% from outside France.

Thursday July 18 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Confidence and caution on Champagne’s grape market

In Champagne, new contracts are being signed. However, there is still a risk that grape supply could exceed demand by the trade.

Thursday July 18 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Boisset looks to buy Alex Gambal's estate and business

Alex Gambal’s estates have been managed since 2014 by Alexandre Brault, who was previously the technical advisor.

Wednesday July 17 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

A tree planted for every bottle of François Dubois Champagne sold

The Féverolles et Coëmy-based company in Marne has 50 hectares of land which can already accommodate 1,500 to 2,500 trees per hectare, depending on the species - poplar or oak - chosen by consumers.

Tuesday July 16 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Vinexpo Shanghai all-set to be fully booked

Vinexpo now has an office in Shanghai to develop its new annual exhibition.

Monday July 15 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Changyu invests in Bordeaux and partners with Advini

The joint venture between Changyu and Advini, with respective stakes of 55% and 45%, went unnoticed in France but was revealed last spring by the Chinese group, which claims to have invested €5.77 million in the venture.

Friday July 12 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Food colouring found in blue wines

 ImaJYne is not aiming to “sell high volumes but a novel product revolving around the sea”, said Milanini.

Thursday July 11 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Both of Chenin blanc’s parents identified

In the Loire, Chenin covers 9,700 ha.

Wednesday July 10 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Provence wines bolster their marketing budget by 25%

 The marketing board also wants to consolidate its position in the French market, where Provence is losing market share.

Tuesday July 09 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

As temperatures soar, Languedoc’s vineyards are scorched by the sun

 “I have realised the extent of the damage. It's as if a fireball was unleased across the vineyards”, admitted Pierre Pouessel, the local Prefect.

Friday July 05 2019 - Wine people by Vitisphere

Discover the 4 women and the company awarded by WomenDoWine

Three of the women honoured on June 23 (from left to right): Pauline Dupin-Aymard, from the blog Chassez le naturel; Gaby Benicio, sommelier at the Äponem restaurant and Marion Ivaldi, editor-in-chief of Vitisphere.

Wednesday July 03 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Mailly Grand Cru shows off its green credentials in 3D

In the video, several maps are shown and reveal vineyard aspects, the nature of the soil and subsoil, environmental certification, grape varieties, the names of localities, etc

Tuesday July 02 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Idealwine launches WineDex, a secure app for authenticating wines

To create the authentication tool, Idealwine partnered with Synvance which built the blockchain using the Ethereum platform.

Monday July 01 2019 - wine Tourism by Vitisphere

The trend for winegrowers’ escape games continues to gain traction

Fun escape game events offer an opportunity to provide players with technical information, in this case on the grape varieties of South-West France.

Thursday June 27 2019 - competition by Vitisphere

French oenologists promote their competitions

There are 7 special Vinalies awards, which single out the finest wines among gold medal-winners.

Wednesday June 26 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Sharp drop in Chinese investments in Bordeaux

 “Chinese acquisitions have been significant, but have always remained in a minority compared to domestic investors”, said Charles Traonouëz.

Tuesday June 25 2019 - Equipment by Vitisphere

Discover the 5 innovation awards at Viteff 2019

Sofia Ribeiro (left) event manager at the Marne Chamber of Commerce and Nolwenn Desmaret-Quisnel, director of economic development at the Epernay Champagne agglomeration community, presented the recipients of the Innovation Awards organised as part of Viteff.

Monday June 24 2019 - Wine people by Vitisphere

Bordeaux wine industry elected representative accused of fraud

“I am not complaining about being targeted, I must set an example”, said Hervé Grandeau. “We never intended to defraud”, added Régis Grandeau.

Thursday June 20 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

EPC Champagne targets Millenials with a tumbler

The new tumbler is practical and stackable.

Wednesday June 19 2019 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Review of Burgundy vineyard boundaries questioned by producers

Bruno Verret has represented the Burgundy appellation producers’ organisation since April 2019.

Tuesday June 18 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

iDealwine flexes its muscle in the high-end range

Cyrille Jomand, chairman and chief executive officer of iDealwine: “We opened a bar, the 228 L, to welcome our customers”.

Monday June 17 2019 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

An increase in US taxes on French wines rejected across-the-board

Donald Trump’s obsession with taxing European wines in general, and French wines in particular, has not waned.

Thursday June 13 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Corbières goes green

Daniel Sendrous, chair of the Corbières appellation producers’ organisation.

Monday June 10 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

12% of French vineyards organic in 2018

Florent Guhl, director of Agence Bio: “The growth in organic vineyard acreage is responding to demand in the domestic market”.

Friday June 07 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

The 9,000-euro Instagram post for Provence rosés

 The panel includes Ali Green, an American influencer from Nashville with 96,000 subscribers described as a “rosé-lover influencer” by the brand.

Thursday June 06 2019 - Wine and Health by Vitisphere

Sensible wine drinking at the core of a French research chair

 “We want to answer questions like is it good to share ideas and at what age?” adds Olivier Gergaud.

Tuesday June 04 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Refugees trained as viticulturists in the Loire Valley

The Amboise school of viticulture has trained nine male refugees in France. All of them spent several weeks in wineries, and several were hired.

Monday June 03 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Provence rosés set out strategy for continued market leadership

 “Rosé is now drunk all year round”, commented Jean-Jacques Bréban.

Friday May 31 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Paul Mas makes up for lost time

 Jean-Claude Mas presented the label for his newly released Gris Mas on his stand at Vinexpo

Thursday May 30 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Gratien and Meyer ventures into alcohol-free sparkling wine

 At less than 0.2° ABV, Infini Bulle is produced by a triple vacuum distillation (to lower the boiling temperature and preserve the aromas). Festillant is produced in Germany by Henkell using the same technique.

Wednesday May 29 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

A website for wines served on board Air France aircraft

The lacave.airfrance website allows passengers to order on the ground, but also in flight, the wines, Champagnes and spirits they discover on board through the Air France Connect connectivity range.

Tuesday May 28 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Vines start to flower in Southern France

Flowering is starting in vineyards in Southern France

Monday May 27 2019 - Wine people by Vitisphere

Veuve Clicquot cellar master Dominique Demarville due to leave

Dominique Demarville announced to staff that he was leaving Veuve Clicquot next December.

Friday May 24 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Producta puts wine in cans

“Cans allow wine to be introduced at events where it would normally be banned, such as festivals”, explained Thierry Berger on Producta's stand at Vinexpo on May 13.

Thursday May 23 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Nicolas Feuillatte heads for premiumisation

Véronique Blin, chair of Nicolas Feuillatte: “Value deteriorated slightly in 2018, due to major investments aimed at building premiumisation and conquering new export markets”.

Tuesday May 21 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Castel launches an estate Crémant

An unusual property complete with ranch and stud farm, Cru la Maqueline was bought in 2006 by Philippe Castel, the man behind this sparkling label.

Friday May 17 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Plans to introduce a quality hierarchy in the Graves wine region

“We do not have any reputation issues, but rather conversion into market share”, says Dominique Guignard, the appellation’s chairman.

Thursday May 16 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Bergerac wines inspired by the Game of Thrones series

Parodying the credits of Game of Thrones, Game of Terroirs ends with a handmade glass throne.

Tuesday May 14 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Gérard Bertrand bottles his new brand in a ceramic bottle

The undeniably bold Art de Vivre bottles are made by a German company from ceramics.

Monday May 13 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Cahors loses 60 to 70 % of its crop to frost

“The clusters do not look good in the vineyards. It is difficult to know what the outcome will be”, comments Philippe Bernéde.

Thursday May 02 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

2018, a vintage year for Champagne?

“The fruit was very ripe” says Éric Taillet, a winegrower in Baslieux-sous-Châtillon (Marne).

Wednesday May 01 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Wine Paris buys Prowein and Vinexpo keywords on Google

“It's actually a classic communication strategy”, says Pascale Ferranti, director of the Wine Paris exhibition.

Tuesday April 30 2019 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Four producer countries support continued planting authorisations after 2030

Within the Council of Europe, France was the only country to advocate retention of this system of managing vineyard growth.

Monday April 29 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Hennessy Cognacs to outlaw weedkillers over the next decade

“We must ramp up the existing momentum. We no longer have the luxury of time ahead of us. We might not have ten years [to do away with herbicides]”, said Bernard Peillon.

Wednesday April 24 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Languedoc appellations’ spectacular move upmarket

Alexandre They, Château du Vieux Moulin, and Miren de Lorgeril, chair of the CIVL, gave an update on the economy of Languedoc appellations.

Tuesday April 23 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

En primeur campaign launches with increased prices

'We are not, yet, a household name. We launched first to secure publicity for ourselves”, commented Jean-Christophe Meyrou.

Friday April 19 2019 - Wine people by Vitisphere

Switzerland prepares to host the 42nd OIV Congress

A scientific programme with 150 posters from 42 international research centres, combined with oral presentations.

Thursday April 18 2019 - distribution by Vitisphere

Strong growth in French e-commerce wine sales starts to falter

According to Xerfi research, the wine e-commerce bubble is deflating in France.

Wednesday April 17 2019 - competition by Vitisphere

96 wines awarded a Best Wine in Box accolade

The panel of the Best Wine in Box competition in 2018

Tuesday April 16 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

2018 world wine production reaches a peak

World trade in wine increased by volume to 108 million hl and by value to 31.3 billion euros (+1.2%).

Monday April 15 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Hail and frost hit parts of France

Just after the hail in Languedoc

Friday April 12 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

A network of European communication agencies is established

The food and wine republic is a collaborative platform bringing together ten communication agencies operating in the main European wine markets.

Thursday April 11 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Four disease-resistant varieties similar to Ugni blanc available in 2021

Gérald Ferrari, from the BNIC, presented the characteristics of the four disease-resistant varieties similar to Ugni blanc.

Wednesday April 10 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

A brand new 21,300 hl vat room for Palmer & Co

After two years of work, the new Palmer & Co Champagne cellar is finally finished.

Tuesday April 09 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Maxime Toubart launches an appeal to wine appellations

Maxime Toubart, chairman of the Champagne winegrowers’ association: “A national position on planting authorisations is essential if we want to be listened to, and more importantly, heard”.

Monday April 08 2019 - Winemaking by Vitisphere

2018 En Primeur: the ideal wine profile… including for Brett

 The onset of Brett on batches of fermenting 2018 wine occurred very early on in the year and was kept under wraps in Bordeaux.

Friday April 05 2019 - wine Tourism by Vitisphere

Champagne structures its wine tourism activities

Maxime Toubart, chairman of the Champagne winegrowers’ organisation, signs the white paper on wine tourism in Champagne under the watchful eye of Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, chairman of the Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars – Unesco World Heritage mission.

Wednesday April 03 2019 - Culture and Wine by Vitisphere

France launches international gourmet food forum

The Paris Food Forum will be held in 2020.

Tuesday April 02 2019 - wine Tourism by Vitisphere

Perpignan prepares to celebrate wine

Nicolas Ponzo, director of the Roussillon wine marketing board (left), and Philippe Bourrier, board chairman, at the press conference on 25 March in Paris.

Monday April 01 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

France’s vine growing season kicks off early

Bud burst is occurring in vineyards all over France.

Friday March 29 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Alliance Bourg puts two wineries up for sale

In 2017, Alliance Bourg changed its strapline from ‘Le Choeur des Bordeaux’  to ‘Ateliers des vins de Bordeaux’.

Brexit
Thursday March 28 2019 - Industry issues by Sharon Nagel

UK wine trade braces for a no-deal scenario

Miles Beale, director of the Wine & Spirits Wine Trade Association : 'at that stage, we thought the chances of no-deal were around 5-10%'

Thursday March 28 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Raphaël Michel defence lawyers question the impartiality of customs

Guillaume Ryckwaert, former CEO of Raphaël Michel. His lawyers question the role played by customs in the fraud proceedings.

Wednesday March 27 2019 - Expert advice by Vitisphere

Three global trends in wine production and consumption

“Trends are not facts”, said Stuart Pigott. “Fashions are trends”, added Paula Redes Sidore, on 17 March at ProWein in Düsseldorf.

Tuesday March 26 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

More and more buyers are looking for lower alcohol wines

‘Voici mon secret’ and its super/hypermarket version ‘Du neuf en Gascogne’

Monday March 25 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

ProWein once again ends on a successful note

The 2019 ProWein was another successful event, attracting around 61,500 visitors, up 1.6%

Friday March 22 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

5% of grape varieties show little sensitivity to mildew

On March 12, Thierry Lacombe presented preliminary results on the characterisation of grape variety tolerance to mildew

Thursday March 21 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Flagging prices for bulk Beaujolais

The return to more substantial production volumes in 2018 has brought bulk prices of Beaujolais down again, due to the multiple retailers

Wednesday March 20 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

2018, a bad year for Bordeaux

Bernard Farges, vice-chairman, and Allan Sichel (right), chairman of the Bordeaux wine marketing council CIVB on March 12.

Tuesday March 19 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Vinexpo Bordeaux’s footprint set to shrink

Vinexpo will be smaller in 2019

Monday March 18 2019 - wine Tourism by Vitisphere

French wine tourism heads towards quality hierarchy

“Under certain conditions, wine tourism can become a key aspect of the tourism industry over the coming years”, said Hervé Novelli on 12 March at Hangar 14 in Bordeaux.

Friday March 15 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Eminent and Grand Eminent Crémants gaining traction

A ‘Grand Eminent’ wine from Louis Bouillot.

Thursday March 14 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Château Montrose goes green and champions biodiversity

Hervé Berland, manager of Montrose (left), and Vincent Decup, director of winery research and development.

Wednesday March 13 2019 - Wine people by Vitisphere

Gérard Bertrand to launch a foundation for biodiversity in 2020

During his speech at the Climate Change Leadership ‘solutions’ conferences, Gérard Bertrand slipped in details of the launch of his Origine Nature Foundation.

Tuesday March 12 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

A second successful Vinexpo New York

Vinexpo New York brought together more than 400 exhibitors from 26 countries and 3,000 wine professionals, according to the show's organisers.

Monday March 11 2019 - Wine people by Vitisphere

Miguel Torres launches a (new) call for action to combat climate change

For Miguel Torres, the series of fires, frost and hail storms that have affected the world's vineyards in recent vintages are the consequence of climate change.

Thursday March 07 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

The Bordeaux wine trade introduces an environmental charter

“Today, central purchasing agencies are receptive to HVE standards”, said Pierre Vieillefosse.

Wednesday March 06 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Will France reintroduce previously banned grape varieties?

 “Using modern winemaking techniques, these disease-resistant grape varieties produce distinctive wines showing typicity and unique character. They are also interesting in blends”, said Christian Vigne, chairman of the PGI Cevennes producers’ organisation.

Tuesday March 05 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

French wines guests of honour at the 25th anniversary of ProWein

 On stand A160 Hall 11, Business France will present 100 French wines freshly selected by an international panel

Monday March 04 2019 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

President Macron woos the French wine industry

As he took time out for a tasting with wine industry representatives, President Macron backtracked on his short comment earlier in the day about glyphosate-free vineyards.

Thursday February 28 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Burgundy loath to share the ‘climat’ statement with Beaujolais

 An excerpt from the Interbeaujolais poster, explaining the region’s strategy for outstanding Beaujolais wines.

Wednesday February 27 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Responses to pathogen threats are higher in biodynamic vines

 Biodynamic vines have more yellow foliage (left) than conventional vines (right), according to Alsace researchers.

Tuesday February 26 2019 - opinions by Vitisphere

“Climate change is the new reality for the French wine industry”

“We must show respect for our businesses and vineyard sites by protecting them with appropriate measures”, stresses Bernard Angelras.

Monday February 25 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

France’s domination of the Chinese wine market takes a beating

 “After an outstanding year in 2017, there may also be some overstocking”, pointed out Santiago Diaz Herrenschmidt.

Friday February 22 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

The first contracts and marketing initiatives for PGI Terres du Midi

The first transactions involved twelve brokers, 10 trading companies, 21 co-operative wineries and 9 independent winegrowers, according to Ludovic Roux and Jean-Marie Fabre.

Thursday February 21 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Name change for the winegrowers of Laudun Chusclan

Maison Sinnae represents 200 co-operative member growers farming 2,800 hectares of vines.

Wednesday February 20 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

The most expensive wines in the world in 2018

Although Burgundy leads the way by bottle rankings, Bordeaux corners 60% of lots.

Tuesday February 19 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

French still wine export volumes fell by 9.8%.

Philippe Castéja, Antoine Leccia, chairman of the FEVS, and Patrice Pinet, at the presentation of the 2018 results of French wine and spirits exports.

Monday February 18 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

26,700 visitors attend Wine Paris

Friday February 15 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

InVivo Wine to develop its own brands

In September 2018, Frédéric Noyère became CEO of InVivo Wine, InVivo's wine subsidiary. He took over from Thierry Blandinières, managing director of the leading French co-operative group.

Thursday February 14 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Amboise wines move away from Touraine

Known for its chateau, but also Clos Lucé and Château Gaillard, the town of Amboise will soon have its own appellation.

Monday February 11 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Wine Paris organisers confident as show prepares to open

2,000 exhibitors will converge on the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre from 11 to 13 February.

Friday February 08 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Bergerac is starting to recover

From left to right: Jacques Rodriguez, chair of the FNVBSO and Marc Lecomte, chair of the IVBD.

Thursday February 07 2019 - distribution by Vitisphere

Where will future growth of organic wine come from?

Torsten Hartmann, the IWSR: “The United States is a country in growth mode where consumers are willing to accept price increases”

Wednesday February 06 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

World’s most expensive wine barrel is made from crystal

The barrel marks the property’s four-hundred-year history with the inscription 1618-2018.

Tuesday February 05 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Crémants reach record highs

Crémants account for a quarter of Alsace wine production.

Monday February 04 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Millésime Bio exhibitors satisfied

 Millésime Bio predicted visitor numbers in excess of 6,000 visitors this year and delivered on its promise.

Friday February 01 2019 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

French wine industry agrees to Cognac extending vineyard area by 3,500 hectares

Thursday January 31 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

French nurseries unveil their collective brand Vitipep’s

Wednesday January 30 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Perpignan becomes European wine capital for 2019

Tuesday January 29 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Food and wine pairings: artificial intelligence and a sommelier tie

Monday January 28 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Parents cut one Cru Bourgeois some slack for opting for organic

Friday January 25 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

François Van Aal, new chairman of Champagne Lanson

Thursday January 24 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Prices remain firm for red Pays d'Oc

Tuesday January 22 2019 - distribution by Vitisphere

Millésime Bio hopes to break the 6,000-visitor barrier

Monday January 21 2019 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Pau Roca: “We must ensure a balance between regulations and trade”

Friday January 18 2019 - wine Tourism by Vitisphere

A drop of 5% in visitor numbers at the Cité du Vin in 2018

Access to the permanent visit costs 20 euros for an adult, and 9 euros for a child aged 6 to 17 years old, where wine tasting is replaced by grape juice.

Thursday January 17 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Cognac wants to plant, but the other French regions oppose the plans

 Although Cognac has always prided itself on being a unique product in the French winescape, it can no longer be controlled purely with its own interests in mind. There is a real fear of knock-on effects for white wine producer regions.

Wednesday January 16 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Former Vinexpo director lands new position at Maison Albert Bichot

44-year-old Guillaume Deglise has been appointed CEO of the Albert Bichot family-owned group.

Tuesday January 15 2019 - Expert advice by Vitisphere

The most famous source of wine in China is French

Imported wine, which came out tops in the research, currently accounts for 40% of volumes in the Chinese market.

Monday January 14 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Château Dauzac is sold

Château Dauzac is said to have paid 7 million euros for its new vat room.

Friday January 11 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Paris has its own geographical indication

Patrice Bersac has spearheaded the drive to secure recognition for PGI Ile-de-France.

Brighten up your winery
Thursday January 10 2019 - Winemaking by Vitisphere

Haute-couture for wine tanks

Tank manufacturers are focusing on visual appeal and personalisation and not presenting any major winemaking developments.

Wednesday January 09 2019 - opinions by Vitisphere

Bertrand Girard calls for the industry to “think French”

Bertrand Girard: “There is room to develop a value-generating model for all with good control and transparency along the value chain”.

Tuesday January 08 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

XXO Cognacs join the appellation

Created in 1870, the XXO statement was used by Hennessy until 1932, judging by bottles found. The eponymous brand was re-launched at the end of 2017.

Monday January 07 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

The Bordeaux Wine Festival returns to Liverpool in 2019

Having contemplated the possibility of travelling to London at one point, the CIVB ruled it out due to the costs involved and profusion of events taking place in the English capital.

Friday January 04 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Bordeaux and German wines roll out joint promotion activities

Still in the process of being finalised, the joint German-Bordeaux promotional thrust should be launched in spring 2019.

Thursday January 03 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

InVivo Wine forecasts a billion euros in turnover by 2025

Frédéric Noyère, the new CEO of InVivo Wine.

Friday December 21 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Champagne aims to be herbicide-free by 2025

Champagne is preparing to phase out the use of herbicides.

Thursday December 20 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

A challenging start to the marketing campaign for Bordeaux

Wednesday December 19 2018 - Business by Vitisphere

Albert Bichot transitions from organic vineyards to wines

Albert Bichot is a Beaune family-run company that has been managed since 1996 by Albéric Bichot; it owns 6 estates totalling 105 hectares of vines.

Tuesday December 18 2018 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Customs barriers lifted in France’s 6th largest customer country

Japan is the sixth largest customer of French wines with sales worth €482 million.

Monday December 17 2018 - Culture and Wine by Vitisphere

The world's largest tutored wine tasting attracts 309 students

The tutored tasting was held in the K amphitheatre of the ULB Solbosch campus in Ixelles, Brussels, and a fee (€10/student) was charged.

Friday December 14 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

17% of Cognac vines non-bearing

“These important figures underscore the need for action by the industry at national level, through the National Plan for Grapevine Dieback”, claimed the Charente Plant Health Bulletin.

Thursday December 13 2018 - distribution by Vitisphere

French wines spearhead the global boxed wine market

France is the leading bag-in-box exporter country by value.

Wednesday December 12 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

The vitality of the rosé market gets glassmakers’ creative juices flowing

Glassmakers are innovating to give rosé wines modern bottles with a distinctive design.

Tuesday December 11 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

+ 30% for prices of bulk Côtes-de-Provence rosé

Côtes-de-Provence is facing an unprecedented price hike.

Monday December 10 2018 - Business by Vitisphere

The Gérard Bertrand Group buys Domaine de Ceyleran

Domaine de Celeyran is due to be completely refurbished according to plans for its takeover by the Gérard Bertrand group.

Friday December 07 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Feedback shows that planting trees in vineyards has no negative impact

According to initial data from the Vitiforest programme, rows of trees have no impact on vigour or ripening issues.

Thursday December 06 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

Muscadet wines introduce a hierarchy… for real

“We need to energise the entry-level segment”, insists Olivier Martin, spokesman for the Nantes wine federation.

Wednesday December 05 2018 - Wine and Health by Vitisphere

The French wine industry takes the Lancet to task for its health study

Pierre-Louis Teissedre, professor at the ISVV in Bordeaux, is highly critical of the Lancet's article which stated that there is no such thing as beneficial alcohol consumption.

Friday November 30 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

Consumers more receptive to the term “natural” than “organic”

 The challenges facing organic wines are a source of fascination as evidenced by the packed room at Vinitech which welcomed 300 attendees, on chairs, standing and even on the floor.

Thursday November 29 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Italy ranks as the world’s most competitive country

 Audrey Laurent, wine researcher at FranceAgriMer (left) and Julie Barat, head of the specialised sectors unit at FranceAgriMer (right), presented the research on competitiveness on 21 November at Vinitech.

Wednesday November 28 2018 - Winemaking by Vitisphere

Seguin Moreau turns wood into spherical barrels

 Inspired by late 19th century industry, the GalileOak’s chassis highlights the decorative intentions for the tank.

Tuesday November 27 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

Vinotte samples win Amorim Innovation Award

 “Innovating is all about keeping up with the times”, says Joachim Amorim, vice-president of the Amorim group, presenting their awards to Grégoire Henry and Tristan Destremau on 21 November at the Bordeaux Exhibition Centre.

Monday November 26 2018 - wine Tourism by Vitisphere

Château Smith Haut Lafitte’s artistic forest wins award

As more and more properties become home to works of art, the challenge now is to stage them in a fun way.

Friday November 23 2018 - Business by Vitisphere

Corsica’s blue wine focuses on the sea and premiumisation

The imaJYne cuvée was first tested on consumers at the estate's inn, before being released last year.

Thursday November 22 2018 - distribution by Vitisphere

Bordeaux leads the way for organic wine sales in French supermarkets

The leading organic Bordeaux brand, “Croix d'Albret symbolises the commitment of our winegrowers and their proactive approach to showing respect for the environment for future generations”, explained Terre de Vignerons.

Wednesday November 21 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Trump’s tweet – fact and fiction

Donald Trump, President of the United States, criticised the customs duties applied to American wines imported into France.

Tuesday November 20 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

New start for the Hospices de Beaujeu auction in 2020

From left to right: Sylvain Sotton, Mayor of Beaujeu and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Hospices de Beaujeu, Anne-Laure Helfrich from the GCF Group, and Benjamin Le Berre, Director of the Burgundy Division at GCF.

Monday November 19 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

New downturn for Beaujolais Nouveau

Beaujolais nouveau, a wine whose success with consumers is gradually diminishing....

United States
Friday November 16 2018 - Business by Sharon Nagel

Could the Finger Lakes be the next Napa Valley for whites?

Seneca Lake, around which many of the Finger Lakes estates are located and which provides protection from the cold winds of Lake Erie.

Friday November 16 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Electronic tongue: Will robots be able to taste ripeness in grapes?

Further research is also being carried out to create an electronic eye, capable of monitoring grape ripeness using parameters that depend on the colour of the grapes.

Thursday November 15 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Cognac has authorised 5 % growth in acreage in 2019 in response to demand

Approved by the regional wine council, the application for a quota of 3,474 hectares underscores the Cognac wine industry’s confidence in the sustainability of its export development.

Friday November 09 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

Amboise Côt is in vogue

Raimonds Tomsons, Europe’s Best Sommelier for 2017, was impressed by the quality of the Touraine Côts, especially those from Amboise.

Thursday November 08 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

200 Burgundy wines retailing for under €15 make the trip to Paris

A nod to the film ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, Burgundy’s event will take over a mansion to create a whole new experience.

Wednesday November 07 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

An international Chenin symposium scheduled for 2019

France boasts more than 9,000 ha of Chenin, mostly in the Loire Valley with 5,000 in Anjou-Saumur and 3,200 in Touraine, but vineyards are also found in Jasnières and the Fiefs Vendéens. Elsewhere, it is grown in Limoux, Côtes de Millau and the Dordogne.

Tuesday November 06 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Alsace champions biodynamic wine growing, and is publicising it!

Alsace has 880 hectares of vines farmed using biodynamic techniques.

Monday November 05 2018 - Business by Vitisphere

Thierry Mueth outlines ambitions for La Cavale

Thierry Mueth was appointed director of La Cavale last spring. The owner's son-in-law, he had been supervising its ecological transition for several years.

Friday November 02 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Rosé purchases surge at the beginning of the buying campaign

Low inventories at the start of the buying campaign are prompting some marketers to buy early.

Thursday November 01 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

French nurseries regain their leadership position

Léonore Hugot from FranceAgriMer presents the figures for nursery production during the organisation’s conference.

Wednesday October 31 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

How the roll of the sea can benefit wine maturation

 To develop the image of his wines in the French market, William Jonquères d'Oriola relies on Le Petit Ballon’s online sales. The website accounts for a 'significant share” of sales, “with substantial volumes for dedicated labels”, says the winegrower.

Monday October 29 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Europe produces 27% more wine in 2018

The last time France ranked first was in 2014, with 47 million hl.

Friday October 26 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

Martell fights for the right to choose maturation techniques

Retailing for around $ 50 (approximately €40), Blue Swift “is not an innovation that seeks to undermine the image of Cognac”, claims Pierre Joncourt.

Thursday October 25 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Initial feedback from winegrowers on the Naïo weeding robot

On October 12 at Château Fombrauge, Benoît Chaillon tested soil tillage by the TED robot.

Wednesday October 24 2018 - Business by Vitisphere

Vinovision Paris and Vinisud are already planning for 2020

Vinovision entered the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre in Paris in 2017. In 2019, Vinisud will also be there.

Tuesday October 23 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Sharp decline in French wine inventories

Inventories held at wineries declined much more than at trade level. The former fell from 31.5 to 26.4 mhl (-16%), while the latter dropped from 22.7 to 21.3 mhl (-6%).

Monday October 22 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Winegrowers recount the devastating flash floods in the South of France

At Domaine Cases, the bridge leading to the flooded vineyards collapsed. Henri Cases cannot access his vines.

Thursday October 18 2018 - Equipment by Vitisphere

Vinitech will preach wine innovation around the world

The new touring event is aimed at creating “innovations and technical solutions', explained Delphine Demade.

Wednesday October 17 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

A new pest is causing damage in 2018

2018 marks a record year in terms of the presence and damage by honeydew moths.

Tuesday October 16 2018 - distribution by Vitisphere

Raisin, the app listing 3,000 natural wine bars worldwide

The start-up Raisin was co-founded by Jean-Hugues Bretin, who has just joined WineTech.

Monday October 15 2018 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Europe proposes to allow ‘de-alcoholised wine’ to be written on labels

Europe is proposing to use the term de-alcoholised wine for alcohol-free products made from grapes.

Friday October 12 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Disease-resistant grapevines launched in 2019 in PGI vineyards

The first plots of permanently classified disease-resistant vines are beginning to appear in French vineyards, here, in Bordeaux.

Thursday October 11 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Prices of bulk wines reported to be falling in Burgundy

Following a series of short crops since 2013, Burgundy wine prices had reached high levels. The return to average volumes heralds a downward readjustment.

Wednesday October 10 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

The first Franco-Chinese viticulture research laboratory is created

The International Associate Laboratory will bring together 23 research professors in Bordeaux and 10 research professors in Beijing.

Wanderlust
Tuesday October 09 2018 - marketing by Sharon Nagel

How new technologies are revolutionising wine distribution

Tuesday October 09 2018 - Business by Vitisphere

François Lurton turns his sights on Sauvignon blanc-based aperitifs

“We designed this vermouth as a wine: with a nose, an attack, a middle palate and a finish' explains Xavier-Luc Linglin.

Monday October 08 2018 - Wine people by Vitisphere

Hubert de Boüard and Philippe Castéja contest their indictment

Hubert de Boüard was indicted on 18 September and Philippe Castéja on 19 September, after being taken into police custody on 28 February, revealed the french press.

Friday October 05 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

The Mgaloblishvili grape variety holds promise

Probably named after its first winegrower, Mgaloblishvili is a grape variety from western Georgia. Not recommended for single varietal wines, it can be used in blends or for brandy production according to Georgian expert David Maghradze.

Thursday October 04 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

Key figures from the ninth, and penultimate, Crus Bourgeois selection

Eight Médoc appellations (Médoc, Haut-Médoc, Margaux, Moulis-en-Médoc, Listrac-Médoc, Saint-Julien, Pauillac, and Saint Estèphe) are eligible for the Crus Bourgeois labelling statement

Wednesday October 03 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Controversy in Pomerol over drainage

 The work, which can be seen from the road, 'caused uproar amongst many winegrowers. The industry pulled together and we were quickly informed”, comments Laurent Fidèle.

Tuesday October 02 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Domaines Auriol support wine growers as they switch to organic

Claude Vialade is at the helm of Domaines Auriol: “The region has already lost the easy-drinking everyday wine market. We don't want it to lose the organic market for which it boasts two major assets: the sun and the wind!”

Monday October 01 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Sparkling wine sales surge on the back of France’s World Cup victory

Over the summer of 2018, Proseccos accounted for 13% of C10’s sparkling wine sales (compared to 7% for Cavas).

Friday September 28 2018 - Business by Vitisphere

Veuve Clicquot unveils its bicentennial rosé

To support the event, the Champagne house also marketed a non-vintage rosé jeroboam.

Thursday September 27 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Burgundy ends “a great harvest”

Sizeable volumes are on the cards this year in Burgundy.

Tuesday September 25 2018 - Expert advice by Vitisphere

Three upcoming trends in the wine market

François Collache, Sopexa's Drinks Market Manager, presents the main trends in the global wine market over the next two years.

Monday September 24 2018 - Business by Vitisphere

Vinexpo heads at full pelt for the premium end of the market

 The atmosphere amongst the fairy godmothers huddled around the cradle of Vinexpo 2019 was confident: Alain Juppé, Patrick Seguin, Christophe Navarre and Alain Rousset on September 18 at a morning press conference in Bordeaux.

Friday September 21 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Diimotion is awarded the special prize by Vinitech judges

Diimotion allows you to stop spraying at any time without wasting any spray solution.

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