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”.

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