Thursday May 07 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

A high-tech puppet in the vineyard

“Can you visualise the cameras that follow the ball from the top of large football stadiums? The cable robot works based on the same principles”

Tuesday May 05 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

“Champagne sales plummeted by 80% in March and April”

Maxime Toubart, chairman of the producers’ organisation SGV: “I renew my call to shippers to roll out a broad-ranging communications campaign for Champagne, targeting consumer profiles and countries. This is the right time to do so”.

Friday May 01 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Hail takes care of the harvest over thousands of hectares in Bordeaux

“The majority of vines affected are not like in this photo”, pointed out Philippe Abadie.

Thursday April 30 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Physical checks on PDOs and PGIs suspended during lockdown

For PDO and PGI wines, “given the impossibility of carrying out some of the checks, products can be awarded an Official Sign of Quality and Origin provided firms are accredited and every aspect of specifications, including the obligation to declare, are complied with”, said INAO.

Wednesday April 29 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Distillation and storage of wine to be permitted, but not funded

“The measures proposed are, in the present state of market developments, intended to send a signal aimed at stabilising markets”, said Europe’s Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski.

Tuesday April 28 2020 - marketing by Vitisphere

Plans for a post-lockdown, multi-site En Primeur week take shape

“There would be no large gatherings, but rather intimate sessions, in suitable and well-equipped venues”, said Ronan Laborde.

Monday April 27 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Wine sales in Europe expected to fall by 35%.

“At the moment we are witnessing a huge change due to the current pandemic, which will have a consequential impact on many aspects of the lives of farms and vineyards, as well as on the production and trade in grapes and wine”, said Pau Roca on 23 April.

Thursday April 23 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Lockdown gives French online wine retailers a boost

 Since lockdown was introduced in France on March 17, e-commerce platforms selling wine to private customers have seen sales go through the roof.

Tuesday April 21 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Cognac is starting to tot up the cost of the coronavirus

 Cognac is starting to feel the effects of the slowdown caused by the global Covid-19 epidemic in Asian markets.

Thursday April 16 2020 - marketing by Vitisphere

Pays d’Oc adapt certification procedures so as not to disrupt sales

 The Pays d'Oc producers’ organisation reported that as of 13 March, 4.86 million hl have been certified.

Wednesday April 15 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

French vines still ahead of the growth curve this year

 In the Loire Valley, Célia Brégeon from the Pays de Loire Chamber of Agriculture announced the vines were two to three weeks early, “which needs to be put into perspective because the cold weather forecast for the beginning of April will once again slow down growth”.

Monday April 13 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Coronavirus crisis distillation being mulled in France, and elsewhere

 Crisis distillation is still at the discussion stage, though being seriously considered, and is one of a series of measures requested by the wine industry.

Wednesday April 08 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Montlouis trials sheep grazing in its vineyards

 Over the past few days, the sheep have started to take an interest in the vine buds... They will soon be removed from the vineyards, before returning next winter.

Monday April 06 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

The battle of endurance against spring frosts has started in France

Muscadet is being kept on its toes and is preparing for more frost this spring and this vintage but also the following vintages as budburst is occurring increasingly earlier.

Friday April 03 2020 - Equipment by Vitisphere

Equipment factories shut down due to the coronavirus crisis

 A Pellenc production line in Pertuis.

Thursday April 02 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Research into water stress, genetics and hybridization makes headway

 Vine scorching as seen in Languedoc in 2019.

Tuesday March 31 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Vinexpo remains confident about the current situation

 Patrick Seguin, chairman of the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and Industry and of Vinexpo: “We are firmly committed to keeping the show in Hong Kong. There don't seem to be any new cases of coronavirus in Asia. The situation is improving”.

Monday March 30 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Frost hits the vineyards of southern France

 Frost has wrought damage on vines in the Rhone Valley, Provence and Gard for the first time this year.

Friday March 27 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Bordeaux has two years’ worth of wine sales in stock

Over the first six months of the 2019-2020 marketing campaign, the CIVB registered 766,200 hl of bulk wine purchase contracts. This is an increase of 21% compared to August 2018-January 2019.

Wednesday March 25 2020 - Wine and media by Vitisphere

Chablis the hero of a Netflix series

Uncorked is a Netflix drama featuring wine and in particular Domaine Long-Depaquit belonging to Maison Albert Bichot.

Tuesday March 24 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

French wine producers concerned about cash flow

“The challenge is to get through this crisis as calmly as possible”, says Jean-Marie Fabre.

Monday March 23 2020 - Expert advice by Vitisphere

What impact have tariffs and the coronavirus had on the US wine market?

Sales outlets are closing as the coronavirus spreads, but wine sales are not necessarily dropping because of this.

Friday March 20 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

The first range of PGI wines from resistant varieties is released

“When I started planting disease-resistant grape varieties in 2009, many viewed it as the crazy act of a madman”, recalls Mickaël Raynal.

Thursday March 19 2020 - Wine people by Vitisphere

Charles Schaller chairs the Crémants d’Alsace producers’ organisation

Charles Schaller runs the family vineyard Edgard Schaller & Fils.

Wednesday March 18 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Sluggish market for Saint-Emilion

Concern about the market for bulk wine from Saint-Emilion looms due to a drop in prices since the beginning of the marketing campaign.

Tuesday March 17 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Loadings of red PGI Pays d’Oc lose momentum

Sales of red Pays d'Oc wines have slowed compared with last year

Monday March 16 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Bordeaux needs to “come out of the closet”

Stephan Delaux, deputy mayor of Bordeaux in charge of tourism, Bernard Farges, chairman of the CIVB and Alan Sichel, vice-chairman.

Thursday March 12 2020 - marketing by Vitisphere

Touraine Primeur poised to get a new lease of life

The Touraine Primeur Wine Competition is due to be re-launched after a break.

Wednesday March 11 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Maxime Toubart re-elected chair of the Champagne winegrowers' association

Maxime Toubart has just been re-elected chair of the Champagne winegrowers' association.

Tuesday March 10 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

First conclusive results on agrivoltaics in France

Solar panels installed in vineyards seem to have an impact on the vine's resistance to water stress.

Friday March 06 2020 - Wine people by Vitisphere

Wine and media personality Daniel Benharros passes away

“Very many people who hold a position in the wine media today owe him somewhere between a great deal and a huge amount”, is how Nicolas de Rouyn paid tribute to Daniel Benharros in his blog.

Thursday March 05 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Orchidée wines turn 100% Loire

Bernard Jacob, managing director of Orchidées Maisons de vin, has announced that he has finished restructuring the group.

Wednesday March 04 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Emmanuel Macron seeks European aid for French wines

After tasting grape-flavoured beers and Savoy cheeses, Emmanuel Macron tasted a Provence rosé as a host of the national committee for appellation and geographical indication wines (CNIV).

Tuesday March 03 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

HVE certifications double on the French supply side

Four out of five HVE farms are in the wine industry. Nearly one in five certified estates is in Bordeaux.

Thursday February 27 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Scam leaves €19,000 of wines unpaid in Beaujolais

 The unpaid order represented a loss of 4,200 bottles of wine.

Tuesday February 25 2020 - marketing by Vitisphere

Montlouis-sur-Loire defines appellation ‘pétnat’

  Sporting the private brand ‘Originel’, the range of sparkling wines is underpinned by new specifications for the Loire appellation.

Monday February 24 2020 - marketing by Vitisphere

Why the Crus Bourgeois have a new hierarchy

  Sporting a new logo, the Crus Bourgeois also have a new strapline: “Qualité, les yeux fermés” (“Quality, in complete faith”)

Friday February 21 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Moncigale invests in canned wines

 Still presented as a prototype, the Moncigale branded rosé in a can (2019 IGP Méditerranée) should be the first wine to use the future canning facilities.

Thursday February 20 2020 - Wine people by Vitisphere

The World’s Best Sommelier shares three tips for blind tasting

 Nothing should be taken for granted: “Being a sommelier means being on a constant learning curve, travelling and meeting winegrowers out in the field”, warned German sommelier Marc Almert.

Wednesday February 19 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

The first wine in the world with an official smiley is released

 Mathias Icard smiles as he presents two reds (a Cabernet-Sauvignon and a Merlot), two whites (Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc) and a rosé at Vinexpo Paris.

Tuesday February 18 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

France and the United States fuelling global consumption of rosés

 The French and American markets are still in growth mode and account for half of international rosé wine purchases.

Monday February 17 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

French wine and spirits exporters worried about the American market

Antoine Leccia, chairman of the FEVS, has called for an emergency compensation fund to be introduced for companies that have fallen victim to the US tax hike.

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