Wednesday November 11 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Jacques Gravegeal: “The Pays d’Oc market is totally in balance”

 “We're running out of supply for 2019 rosés and are moving on to the 2020s. We need to quickly bridge the gap, that's our priority”, says Jacques Gravegeal.

Tuesday November 10 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Vinovalie revolutionises boxed wines, turning them on their heads

 Containing the equivalent of three bottles, the boxes are competitively priced. “The IGP wines in the Grand 8 range will not be sold above €8 and the appellation brands will be under €10”, says Jacques Tranier.

Friday November 06 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

French PGI wines “maturing” towards “stricter production management”

“PGI wine offers good value for money and a dynamic, mould-breaking image”, claims Gérard Bancillon.

Thursday November 05 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Compulsory exemption for planting conventional vines as organic starting 2022

Winegrowers who do not comply with the new obligations will run the risk of having their vineyards declassified.

Tuesday November 03 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte gets fined €216,600

This hefty fine comes at a bad time for the co-operative group - the Champagne industry has been particularly badly hit by the Covid-19 crisis.

Friday October 30 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Rémy Cointreau makes a comeback in Champagne

 One third of the grapes grown by Maison J. de Telmont are currently certified organic. In 2021, the estate will also be HVE certified.

Thursday October 29 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

IGP du Tarn wines aim to join Pays d’Oc

 “Within the appellation, we have worked on our typicity and are considering applying for Cru status. We need a fall-back solution with good price points for IGP wines”, explains Cédric Carcenac.

Wednesday October 28 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Lockdown pushes up prices of vine posts

 To avoid buying second-rate steel, buyers should ask for steel material certificates.

Tuesday October 27 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

A winery entirely made from mud and wood in Margaux

 A compressed mud vault will support the wooden framework. “This will be the only load-bearing one in the world”, announces a delighted Tristan Le Lous.

Friday October 23 2020 - competition by Vitisphere

France triumphs once again at world blind tasting contest

This is France’s third victory since 2012.

Thursday October 22 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Bordeaux wine shipper uses wine residues as fuel

ED 95, a by-product of winegrowing, is cheaper per litre (€0.85 excluding VAT compared to €1.25 excluding VAT for professional-use diesel) but uses at least 40% more fuel, which is a sizeable increase.

Wednesday October 21 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Cognac has big ambitions for its environmental footprint

Some winegrowers only need to organise their traceability issues before they can be audited, whereas others still have to invest in controlled spraying equipment or set up washing areas.

Tuesday October 20 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Vignobles Jeanjean moves into Pic Saint Loup

The company sells 2.3 million bottles a year in wine stores, supermarkets and the hospitality industry in France and in export markets.

Monday October 19 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Marie Brizard to sell Moncigale wine brands, Boisset invests in rosés

The sales offer should be finalised by the end of 2020 or early 2021.

Friday October 16 2020 - marketing by Vitisphere

French Crémants target British market collectively

 In the English market, Alsace Crémants have a minor presence, whereas Loire and Burgundy offerings have better representation

Thursday October 15 2020 - marketing by Vitisphere

Beaujolais Nouveau launch disrupted by uncertainties caused by Covid-19

 The only certainty in the current market chaos is the decline in volumes marketed as Nouveau.

Wednesday October 14 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Lower Champagne yields bring down French crop estimates

 As a consequence of an early vintage, by “the end of September, the bulk of the crop had been harvested and only a minority of late-ripening areas were left”, said the Ministry of Agriculture.

Tuesday October 13 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Leading end-of-year French wine grower fairs cancelled

 Although exhibitors get a refund in the event of a cancellation, this is not the main issue: “There is a huge problem of loss of earnings”, points out Pierre-Antoine Giovannoni.

Monday October 12 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Compulsory purchase contract for Pays d'Oc making life difficult for wineries

 Although the majority of industry players are in favour of a balanced market, reactions to the measure on the ground have been varied

Friday October 09 2020 - Winemaking by Vitisphere

French coopers sustain revenues

 In value terms, the popularity of large format barrels has led to growth of 8.6% in the domestic market and 2.7% elsewhere.

Thursday October 08 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Natural wine organisation celebrates its first anniversary

 “Fifty labels is still not much”, concedes chairman Jacques Carroget (center).

Monday October 05 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Cognac growers relaxed about higher-than-expected yields

The four major Charente firms are Hennessy, Martell, Courvoisier and Rémy Martin.

Friday October 02 2020 - Culture and Wine by Vitisphere

Beaujolais Nouveau 2020 - intimacy rather than large-scale festivities

“There is not just one ‘Nouveau’ any more but a whole host of Nouveaux”, claims Inter Beaujolais.

Wednesday September 30 2020 - wine Tourism by Vitisphere

The Percée du Vin Jaune festival postponed until 2022, and revisited

Traditionally held every first weekend in February, the Percée du Vin Jaune could also take place on the second weekend in February so as not to overlap with the Transjurassienne cross-country skiing event.

Tuesday September 29 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Languedoc wines post encouraging data

At her September press conference, Miren de Lorgeril outlined the main thrust of the marketing board’s plans for the future.

Monday September 28 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

The Trump tax costs the French wine industry $500 million, and its patience

“The situation has gone on long enough, we will not just bury the hatchet. We won’t just leave it at that”, said Jérôme Despey on 23 September during a video press conference.

Friday July 31 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Continued deadlock over 2020 yields in Alsace

 During its AGM, the Alsace Viticulture Association (AVA) voted for a yield level of 70 hl/ha for still white wines but the position has since been rejected.

Thursday July 30 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Champagne fails to agree on 2020 yields

Negotiations over the next few weeks will be decisive.

Tuesday July 28 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Château d'Yquem certified organic by 2022

 Château d'Yquem has had a weather station for 140 years and has never recorded higher levels of rainfall between April and May than in 2020.

Monday July 27 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Provence winegrower shot at with a rifle for spraying by night

 The neighbour has admitted to firing the shots

Friday July 24 2020 - marketing by Vitisphere

3,000 bottles of Champagne given to holidaymakers in Reims

Local authorities are relying on their ingenuity to attract tourists. In Reims, holidaymakers will receive a bottle of grower Champagne.

Thursday July 23 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

AdVini establishes strategic partnership with Veneto winery

Wine tourism will also play an important role in the new partnership, through the Ca' del Moro holiday complex.

Wednesday July 22 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Bordeaux marketing board to set aside wines from 2020 to reduce oversupplies

Each year, the CIVB board will establish a progress report after appellation applications are filed, announced Bernard Farges.

Friday July 17 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Using treated waste water to irrigate vines in Languedoc

“We have also observed a fertigation effect, which reduces the amount of fertiliser applied by 50 to 70% depending on the amount of water used”, says Hernan Ojeda.

Thursday July 16 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

New DNA analysis to treat downy mildew less but also better

“We will be able to tell our customers which agents the strains are resistant to, whether these resistances are weak or strong, and help them choose their plant protection products”, explains Jérémie Brusini.

Wednesday July 15 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

New French Agriculture Minister determined to end use of glyphosate by 2021

Julien Denormandie has his sights squarely set on ensuring glyphosate is banned at the start of 2021. His ministry will soon publish the results of an inventory showing progress on purchases of herbicides.

Tuesday July 14 2020 - competition by Vitisphere

Montpellier chosen as the capital of Grenaches du Monde

The competition has two new features this year – it is now open to Marselan (a cross between Grenache and Cabernet-Sauvignon) and a new accolade has been introduced (ambassador wines, a selection of the finest gold medallists).

Friday July 10 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Burgundy is “the French wine region apparently suffering the least”

Despite a very uncertain future, and a shortfall in the bottom line, the decision was made to maintain funding for various development, promotion and technical activities for the coming financial year.

Thursday July 02 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Electrically heated cables return to Chablis to ward off frost

 “The system's power of 120 to 140 kW/ha guarantees efficiency down to -10°C. When it is switched on, the temperature is kept at between 15 and 20°C along the trellising wire”, explains Fabien Queffelec.

Wednesday July 01 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

An autonomous robot that eliminates downy and powdery mildew overnight

 Thorvald measures 2.4m x 1.2m and moves at a speed of 1.5 metres per second.

Tuesday June 30 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Bordeaux debates permanent removal of 8 to 10,000 hectares of vines

 In view of the current marketing imbalance, the whole point of a vine-pull scheme is to rebalance supply and demand.

Monday June 29 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Tensions mount over 2020 yields for Champagne

 “The crisis we are going through is the worst since Champagne was created. Weathering the storm is not about resolving the sum of individual interests but promoting the collective interest”, stresses Maxime Toubart.

Friday June 26 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Rémy Cointreau negotiates its return to Champagne

The family-run J. de Telmont brand would become Rémy Cointreau’s new Champagne subsidiary company.

Thursday June 25 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Wine Paris and Vinexpo Paris to become a single exhibition

“This full-fledged business event will be held from 15 to 17 February and will welcome more than 2,900 exhibitors from around the world”, stated a joint press release.

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