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.

Wednesday September 18 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Wine Paris structures its ‘green’ marketing credentials

Wine Paris has created a specific logo for Wonderful to optimise visibility at the event.

Tuesday September 17 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Tutiac launches own brand

Eric Hénaux, managing director, Céline Martineau, vice-chair, and Stéphane Héraud, chairman of the Vignerons de Tutiac winery

Friday September 13 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Vinadeis plans to close its Narbonne plant in 2020

The group has announced its intention of closing its Narbonne facilities next year.

Thursday September 12 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Vignobles de Vendéole gets off the ground

Chairman Dominique Farail and Olivier Ambry, director of Vignobles de Vendéole.

Wednesday September 11 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Crémants place focus on exports

Franck Vichet, chairman of the National Crémant Federation: “Crémants are riding the crest of a buoyant wave”.

Tuesday September 10 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Disappointing first half for Champagne

The Champagne PR campaign is aimed in particular at making Millennials want to drink Champagne.

Monday September 09 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Sustained growth in exports of French wines

French wine continues to grow in export markets. The markets are growing, but Asia is slowing down.

Friday August 02 2019 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

A charter for natural wines

 Loire wine growers Jacques Carroget and Sébastien David (in the foreground) hope to start working with INAO very soon on their charter project.

Thursday August 01 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

The genome of a vine rootstock deciphered

 Montpellier Riparia Gloire is the oldest rootstock used in France.

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.

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