Thursday June 24 2021 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Dijon officialises a “quality application” to host the UN of Wine

 OIV is expected to announce the selected city on 12 July, the day after its next general assembly.

Wednesday June 23 2021 - marketing by Vitisphere

Rhone wines open Chinese promotion office

 At the June AGM, Philippe Pellaton explained that this decision is part of the board’s “support for market recovery, stimulus of demand and activation of a preference for the Rhone Valley wine region”.

Tuesday June 22 2021 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

RNA emerges as a new way of combatting flavescence dorée in vineyards

 Using RNA technology, the ability of the S. titanus leafhopper to transmit flavescence dorée phytoplasma to grapevines could be eliminated.

Monday June 21 2021 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

French wine exports perform (exceptionally) well since US taxes were lifted

 Among appellation wine regions, Bordeaux has witnessed a sharp increase in shipments since the lifting of taxes, to 24,900 hectolitres and €36.3 million in April 2021.

Friday June 18 2021 - Wine people by Vitisphere

Enhancing synergies between the three Provence appellations

 “Every time a consumer dies, it's a red wine consumer. And every time a consumer is born, it's a rosé wine consumer!” quips Olivier Nasles.

Thursday June 17 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

Hennessy Cognac intends to double its profits in 10 years

 By 2030, Hennessy also intends to be carbon neutral, reducing its emissions by 50%.

Wednesday June 16 2021 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

The wine industry triumphs in CAP reform

 “We have succeeded in reintroducing the possibility of adding sustainability restrictions to production specifications, on a voluntary basis”, said a delighted Irène Torellet.

Friday June 11 2021 - Equipment by Vitisphere

Prominent distributor takes over sales of keg wines in France

 OneCircle has been marketing to France since 2015, and to date has sold 500,000 KeyKegs per year to 300 French customers, 65% of them brewery operators and 35% in the wine industry.

Wednesday June 09 2021 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Controversy over efficacy of Genodics technique against vine esca

 Genodics promises a refund if the spread of the disease does not slow down by at least 30%.

Tuesday June 08 2021 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Another month until French wines can be permanently freed from Trump taxes

 In the coming weeks, “we hope to make progress towards the resolution of these conflicts, which is our desired outcome”, concludes a ministerial source.

Monday June 07 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

Buzet co-op buys Rigal and leverages AdVini’s export reach

 The Buzet and Rigal brands will remain independent – both in terms of locations and staff – and will be supported in overseas markets by AdVini's export offices.

Friday June 04 2021 - Equipment by Vitisphere

Wrap your vines in a fleece to protect them against the frost!

 “We have two problems to solve”, says Emmanuel Ogereau: “The wind and the time it takes to install the fleece. It took us 50 hours with several people”.

Thursday June 03 2021 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

The Breton wine industry becomes more structured and professional

 Breton winegrowers range in backgrounds from newcomers seeking a change of career to Breton farmers aiming to diversify into winegrowing.

Wednesday June 02 2021 - Culture and Wine by Vitisphere

Growing vines in France to revive Iran’s wine culture

 After establishing a Persian-inspired winery in France, Masrour Makaremi's goal is to plant a vineyard in Iran.

Tuesday June 01 2021 - Equipment by Vitisphere

Sitevi marks the return of the major technical exhibitions

 Several major companies have confirmed they will be attending Sitevi.

Monday May 31 2021 - Land management by Vitisphere

Covid has a significant impact on prices of French vineyards

 The price of vines outside appellation boundaries rose by 0.9% (to €14,500/ha), following a “gradual upturn over the last 10 years” commented land registry agency SAFER.

Thursday May 27 2021 - Equipment by Vitisphere

Maturing wines in amphorae produced with a 3-D printer

 To optimise the space required in wineries, Quentin Joly explains that the company can also design square tanks.

Wednesday May 26 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

€40,000 raised for a 100% Parisian wine

 In 2021, Pif à Papa should market a dozen labels, including three from Ile-de-France. Partnership arrangements have been signed with three winegrowers in the Ile de France region.

Monday May 24 2021 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Frost-struck French vineyards very slowly resume growth

 Carole Dumont stresses that just because the vines are budding again a month late does not mean that harvesting will take place in October. “The grapes can ripen very quickly on vines with a light crop load as long as the sun returns and the soil has enough water”.

Friday May 21 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

French co-operative winery diversifies into beer

 The co-operative intends to contact a malting plant for the barley and has approached an Alsace hop producer to complement its supplies.

Wednesday May 19 2021 - Wine people by Vitisphere

Nantes football supporters play as a team for winegrower Romain Héraud

 “In six years, we've experienced four frosts,' says winegrower Romain Héraud, whose vineyards were severely impacted this year, and who is keeping an eye on the slow growth of the secondary buds.

Friday May 14 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

Pantone uses its colour chart to promote Bordeaux rosés

 “With Colors, we didn't just want to add two new rosés to the category. From the outset, we gave thought to the consumer and the customer experience”, says Bouey's marketing manager Frédéric Louis-Maugeais.

Thursday May 13 2021 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Vines irrigated using waste water from tourists

The project will secure the water supply for this part of the La Clape hill range, which is one of the driest regions in Occitania and has been heavily penalised by climate change.

Tuesday May 11 2021 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Frost catches secondary buds of Chardonnay in Burgundy

 Protected vineyard blocks are faring slightly better.

Monday May 10 2021 - Wine and media by Vitisphere

Cartoon court case centres on sexism and natural wines

This is only the first chapter in the legal battle over the cartoon – another hearing on messages received by wine merchant Sandrine Goeyvaerts is in the preparation stages

Friday May 07 2021 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

20 rootstocks for tomorrow’s vineyards in Burgundy

 Information presented in the form of fact sheets is taken from official data (PlantGrape catalogue) complemented by the results of the latest research programmes.

Wednesday May 05 2021 - distribution by Vitisphere

French at-home wine consumption rises after a decade-long decrease

 With the exception of varietal PGIs (excluding foreign labels), all categories of wine attracted more buyers in 2020.

Friday April 30 2021 - Culture and Wine by Vitisphere

Nicolas Vanier poised to start shooting “Champagne!”

Nicolas Vanier discovered Champagne in 2017, during a conference on mankind and nature, organised by the Unesco Mission

Thursday April 29 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

Bollinger’s first “real” investment outside France

“This transaction unites the Bollinger family with the Ponzi family, who in the 1970s pioneered the planting of Pinot Noir in Oregon”, said the press release.

Wednesday April 28 2021 - Winemaking by Vitisphere

Bordeaux looks back on its 2020 vintage

Although the Merlot grapes were quite large, they produced wines showing good tannic structure, no rustic characters or dilution.

Tuesday April 27 2021 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

OIV paints a chequered picture of the global wine market in 2020

Pau Roca, director general of OIV: “2021 could replicate 2020'.

Monday April 26 2021 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

France’s wine production estimated at 32 million hl

If current estimates are confirmed, the 2021 harvest would be lower than that of 2017, which totalled just 38 million hl.

Friday April 23 2021 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Europe’s wine regions seriously affected by frost

Thursday April 22 2021 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

The bulk market for Provence rosés dips

Wednesday April 21 2021 - Business by Vitisphere is benefiting from the surge in e-commerce sales

Tuesday April 20 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

Krug builds a showcase in Ambonnay

Monday April 19 2021 - distribution by Vitisphere

Frost will have an impact on En Primeur pricing

Friday April 16 2021 - Equipment by Vitisphere

They say this robot will prune as well as a winegrower

 After three years of intense work, the winery was delighted this winter to mount its autonomous unit on a New Holland machine, which will handle distribution. Next year, 100 hectares will be pruned using R2T2.

Thursday April 15 2021 - Equipment by Vitisphere

26 photovoltaic projects in French vineyards for Sun'Agri

 The first results collected during the 2019 season on the Piolenc site showed that vines shaded by the equipment withstood soaring summer temperatures better than the others.

Tuesday April 13 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

Saint-Émilion classified growth sells for €75 million

 The property has been in the family since 1847 and Joséphine Duffau-Lagarrosse will be the eighth generation of the family to run it.

Monday April 12 2021 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Unprecedented cold snap wreaks havoc across France’s wine regions

 Two regions seem to have come out unscathed – Alsace and Pyrénées-Orientales.

Friday April 09 2021 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

French winegrowers call for financial support from the European Commission

Wednesday April 07 2021 - marketing by Vitisphere

Coteaux Champenois, Champagne’s new wave

 Long before bubbles came along, the Champagne wine region was a major producer of red wines (“clairets”), which far outnumbered white and rosé wines (“paillets”), before secondary bottle fermentation was mastered.

Tuesday April 06 2021 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Bordeaux converting to organic on a massive scale

 “The trend towards organic conversion is based on the social awareness of our members”, adds Philippe Cazaux.

Monday April 05 2021 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

French vineyards on maximum frost alert

 To make matters worse, on April 1, Emmanuel Buisson feared radiation frost on Sunday morning, April 4, in the South-East, Bordeaux area, the Loire Valley and Burgundy.

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