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.

Thursday April 01 2021 - Winemaking by Vitisphere

An increase in calcium precipitation in wines

 To the best of our knowledge, there is only one product that can stabilise wines specifically against calcium precipitation and that is STABICa from the Champagne research centre.

Wednesday March 31 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

Millésime Bio to retain digital format in 2022

 Although the digital exhibition is more time-consuming to execute and requires shipping samples, it can nevertheless reach out to new visitors who would not have made the trip.

Monday March 29 2021 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

2045, the new deadline for new vineyard planting permits

 Presiding over the Council meeting on 23 March, the Portuguese Minister for Agriculture, Maria do Céu Antunes, said that CAP negotiations must be finalised over the first half of 2021.

Friday March 26 2021 - marketing by Vitisphere

Pesticide residue-free trust mark gains traction

 The aim is not to stigmatise conventional farming methods. By opening up a third avenue, the endorsement has proved, even in 2020 and certainly in the future, that zero can be positive.

Thursday March 25 2021 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Just planting trees won’t “foster biodiversity in vineyards”

 Regarding adaptation of vineyard management techniques, the report advises reducing tillage and switching to more surface procedures, or even just mowing.

Wednesday March 24 2021 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Burgundy wines buck general downward trend

 “Burgundy is doing well overall, but this should not hide the suffering of some firms who produce small quantities and used to sell their wine to a small network of French customers”, stresses the chairman of the BIVB.

Tuesday March 23 2021 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Provence rosés post best export performance in 2020

 Lack of consumer trade fairs and the prolonged closure of restaurants nevertheless had an impact on the region.

Monday March 22 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

Mouton Cadet ventures into organic wines

 The blend is 87% Merlot, 7% Cabernet-Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc, matured in stainless steel tanks to preserve the fruit.

Thursday March 18 2021 - Equipment by Vitisphere

First tests, and effects, of exoskeletons on winegrowers’ backs

 These initial tests still need to be confirmed by further trials.

Tuesday March 16 2021 - Winemaking by Vitisphere

French winemakers want priority status for Covid-19 vaccinations

 “Testimonials by winemakers out on the ground all [showed that they] recovered completely after a few weeks. But this required rehabilitation and intense daily tasting exercises”, said Sophie Pallas.

Friday March 12 2021 - marketing by Vitisphere

When lack of Covid vaccines inspires a wine label

 The label is a pop-up design as Jean-Christophe Mauro hopes the Covid pandemic will quickly become a subject for the history books.

Thursday March 11 2021 - Winemaking by Vitisphere

The pigments responsible for a wine’s colour also change its flavour

 Further testing is needed to understand all these interactions.

Wednesday March 10 2021 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Côtes de Bourg confirms its compulsory HVE certification

 Among estates that are not certified, a large proportion have said that they are interested in HVE certification, pointed out the producers’ organisation.

Tuesday March 09 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

The effects of music on wine can be tasted at Châteauneuf-du-Pape

 Arthur Mayard comments on “greater intensity in the musical wine, with higher alcohol and more residual sugars, more depth and greater texture”.

Monday March 08 2021 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Bordeaux vines get swept away in landslide

 Heavy rains wreaked havoc in the vineyards of two Gironde winegrowers

Friday March 05 2021 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Loire Valley wines limit Covid-induced damage to sales

 Although there is as yet no end in sight for the Covid crisis, Lionel Gosseaume continues to pin his hopes on a brighter future.

Thursday March 04 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

One Cru Classé reinvents Sauternes, with a sparkling wine and a rosé

 Through the new labels, Château d'Arche is offering a “different proposition that can be enjoyed on a more regular basis”, sums up Didier Galhaud.

Wednesday March 03 2021 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Burgundy grape varieties put to the climate change test

 The varietal range can be a lever for adjusting to climate change.

Tuesday March 02 2021 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

The stars are aligning for American taxes on French wines to be abolished

 “As soon as the Trade Representative, Katherine Tai, is confirmed, the Trade Commissioner, Valdis Dombrovskis, has been tasked with contacting her and telling her the European Union is aiming for a de-escalation of the situation”, stressed Franck Riester.

Monday March 01 2021 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Disparaging Bordeaux wines costs an anti-agrochemical association €125,000

The ruling by the civil chamber states that “the smear campaign has been detrimental to the Bordeaux wine region, which is in the process of changing its practices”.

Friday February 26 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

2019, or the year of the coronavinous

 The wine is designed as a pop-up label: “I hope we won't be talking about it in 3-4 months’ time. It would be worrying if we were still talking about it in ten years' time! Our intention is not to capitalise on it”.

Thursday February 25 2021 - marketing by Vitisphere

Champagne winegrowers use grape varieties as a point of difference

 The Petit Meslier single varietal has a “novel and slightly salty taste” and a €79 consumer price tag.

Wednesday February 24 2021 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Savoy all-set to trial 7 heirloom vine varieties for appellation wines

 A first group of winegrowers have said they want to trial the heirloom varieties.

Friday February 19 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

Bordeaux co-operative puts Rhone varieties in its Vins de France

 The new label’s retail price is €6.40 /bottle.

Thursday February 18 2021 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

A more environmentally-friendly way of combatting frost

 This relatively clean system has been added to the CIVC's “sustainable winegrowing in Champagne” standard.

Wednesday February 17 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

Covid causes postponement of Découvertes en Vallée du Rhône until 2022

 The event planned by Inter Rhône in May 2021 for the general public has also been postponed until May 2022.

Tuesday February 16 2021 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

€11 billion surplus for French wines and spirits in 2020

 The French government raised the issue of a moratorium on the Trump taxes, which César Giron believes “is the only measure that can secure the development of our industry in the medium and long term”.

Monday February 15 2021 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

A New Year, and a new start, for Bordeaux wines in China

 “Just because we've just had three very good months compared to the previous nine doesn’t mean we’re heading for a fantastic period like 2010-2011”, says Roland Coiffe.

Wednesday February 10 2021 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

American taxes on wine “are one of France’s top priorities”

A confident Bruno Le Maire, France’s Minister of the Economy, says he is “hopeful that we can get the ball rolling over the coming weeks”.

Tuesday February 09 2021 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Good news - Esca has no effect on wine quality

The researchers blended wines from diseased vines with wines from healthy vines to ensure that the grapes harvested from the vines showing symptoms could be reincorporated into the rest of the crop.

Monday February 08 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

France’s first wine with cannabis comes from Bordeaux

To placate the critics – and respond to disbelief as some people thought it was an April fool’s joke – the first vintage of the ‘Burdi W’ range was tasted by renowned consultants Alain Raynaud and Michel Rolland.

Friday February 05 2021 - opinions by Vitisphere

Vineyard irrigation is becoming a priority for the Côtes-du-Rhône

 Due to recurrent water stress, “it will take 10 years for new plantings to become established, compared with 4 to 5 years in the past”, claims Denis Guthmuller.

Wednesday February 03 2021 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Champagne revenue plummets by €1 billion in 2020

The Champagne marketing board has just announced its figures for last year which show an 18% drop by volume and loss of one billion euros in revenue – the decline is lower than expected.

Thursday January 28 2021 - wine Tourism by Vitisphere

AOC Bordeaux invests €4 million to re-launch its tourism facilities

 From Sauternes to Libourne, tourism projects are currently burgeoning in Bordeaux.

Wednesday January 27 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

Ridley Scott produces his first wine (and prepares for the next stage)

 Known for his blockbusters, Ridley Scott also made a more small-scale production about the vineyards of Provence – A Good Year, released in 2006 and starring Marion Cotillard and Russell Crowe.

Tuesday January 26 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

Crisis-resistant Sancerre winery poised to welcome new members

 The co-operative currently markets 12,000 hectolitres of wine, but reportedly has the capacity to accommodate 25 to 30,000 hl of wine.

Thursday January 21 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

Grands Crus wine bottles broken by their thieves

 As the script of a comedy film, the scenario would probably have us laughing, but for the victims, it is anything but amusing.

Wednesday January 20 2021 - Culture and Wine by Vitisphere

Promoting French gourmet food pairings, wines and sensible drinking, in a positive way

 The 100% digital campaign will be rolled out on social media platforms Instagram, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter until the end of February.

Monday January 18 2021 - Winemaking by Vitisphere

A technique for regaining taste and sense of smell after Covid

 Including essential oils and equipment, a kit costs less than fifty euros for three months.

Friday January 15 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

France’s first Vaccs'vin is on its way!

 Christophe Avi, a winegrower in France’s Brulhois area, is releasing a wine at the end of January that promises to have side effects.

Thursday January 14 2021 - marketing by Vitisphere

Covid or not, En Primeur week will go ahead in Bordeaux and other venues

 Although the economic situation under Covid is still very much up in the air, the Bordeaux wine industry is hoping to replicate the success of last year's 2019 En Primeur campaign.

Wednesday January 13 2021 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

A tunnel shelters vines from 80% of plant protection products

 The Viti-Tunnel also warded off black rot, dead arm disease and grey rot. To combat powdery mildew, which only requires dampness and wind to spread, the partner chateaux used 2 to 4 kg per hectare of wettable sulphur every 10 to 20 days.

Tuesday January 12 2021 - Wine and Health by Vitisphere

Grape compounds able to block a key enzyme in the Covid-19 virus

 In April, a Chinese team synthesised two compounds that inhibit the Mpro enzyme, with good in vivo results in dogs and mice. Their work was published in Science Magazine.

Monday January 11 2021 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

French wine industry continues to be hijacked by aviation issues

 There is now no way still wines can avoid the duties – by shipping in bulk or raising ABV to over 14% – and some sparkling wines and spirits are also targeted.

Thursday December 24 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Sales of Champagne plummet by 25%

 “We need to capture the imagination more and the legend surrounding our appellation. We realised in 2020 that digital technology can also allow us to convey emotion”, says Jean-Marie Barillère.

Wednesday December 23 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

3 % of French winegrowers use horses

 68% of estates using horse-drawn farm implements are certified organic.

Tuesday December 22 2020 - distribution by Vitisphere

14 charged with stealing €5 million worth of classified growths in Bordeaux

 During their raids, the police and gendarmes found cases from prestigious estates, with bottles ranging in size “up to the Mathusalem (6 litres)”.

Monday December 21 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Does biodynamic winegrowing produce better quality wines?

 A summary of these trials is due in six months’ time.

Friday December 18 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Covid puts a dent in revenues of French wine exports

 In a globally competitive wine market, the value of French wines suffered far more than the average.

Thursday December 17 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Electric weeding performs as well as glyphosate beneath the vines

 The trials did not cause any burns or damage to the grapes.

Tuesday December 15 2020 - Wine and media by Vitisphere

A caricature fuels controversy over male chauvinism in the French wine industry

 “The wine industry’s “green” revolution is underway, but there is still another Bastille to be stormed and that is its male chauvinism and sexism, which pervade every aspect of the industry”, said celebrated French lawyer Eric Morain.

Monday December 14 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Loire Wine Show changes dates and combines with fringe events in 2021

 With its new format, “the show’s exhibitor numbers would increase from 600 to 1,200, if Dive joins us”, points out Eric Grelier.

Friday December 11 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Bordeaux is ready to plant its new grape varieties

 Although the grapes have been tried and tested, they will remain secondary varieties in Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur production specifications.

Tuesday December 08 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

The first yield monitor sensor is on its way

 “We are going to roll out the sensor in several vineyards next summer to acquire more data and automate the calibration”, promises Benjamin Boissier.

Thursday December 03 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Two in three independent French winegrowers belong to an environmental scheme

 According to the survey, two in three non-certified winegrowers plan to join an environmental scheme in the coming years.

Wednesday December 02 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Prices of red Burgundy boosted by a surge in white wine production

 For the 2020 vintage, drought over the summer took its toll on juice yields for the reds, with production shortfalls frequently ranging from 20 to 50% across Burgundy.

Tuesday December 01 2020 - marketing by Vitisphere

The lessons learnt from the ‘Covid test’ label for red Bordeaux

 Winegrower Jean-Christophe Mauro is not only modernising his labels to engage with younger and less traditional audiences, he is also revisiting the style of his wines.

Monday November 30 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Budburst occurs during pruning in Bordeaux and Burgundy

When in doubt and to avoid a drop in productivity, Professor Alain Deloire recommends winegrowers wait until the cold weather sets in before pruning short.

Friday November 27 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Mouton Cadet in search of the Holy Grail of ‘zero pesticide residue’

 “The phasing out of CMRs has shown us that many things are possible in Bordeaux”, says Philippe Degrendel.

Thursday November 26 2020 - Wine people by Vitisphere

9 female winegrowers join forces to share their experience of Champagne

 The Ennead wants to gradually build a new vision of Champagne, from peer to peer, linking it to a long-standing winegrowing model, divided among several categories, who sometimes struggle, like other families, to get along.

Wednesday November 25 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

“Worry and anxiety on a daily basis” for Alsace winegrowers

 “What worries people is that we still don't know when we'll get back to normal. There is no end to this situation, or at least it’s difficult to imagine one”, comments Francis Backert.

Tuesday November 24 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Cognac approves 2,300 ha of vine plantings for 2021

 For the next applications for planting permits, the Business Plan will be reviewed in April 2021, following the appointment of a new BNIC chair.

Friday November 20 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Provence rosé producers move forward with confidence

 As many French wine regions face doom and gloom this autumn, morale among Provence rosé wine producers remains generally high at the start of the marketing season.

Thursday November 19 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

“Fortunately”, European wine production is not “huge”

 “I don't know if distillation, private storage and green harvesting measures will be enough. But they will be necessary to remove volumes. We must avoid an excessive rise in inventories at all costs, otherwise it would be a catastrophe”, claimed Coste.

Wednesday November 18 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

French female footballer Gaëtane Thiney creates her own brand of Champagne

  “I have set myself a target of marketing 5,000 bottles to begin with”, says Gaëtane Thiney.

Monday November 16 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Europe strikes back at Trump taxes, and causes concern for French wines

 In 2019, French wines held a 32% market share in the United States, which has now fallen to 19%, while Italian wines have surged from 33% to 41%.

Friday November 13 2020 - Wine people by Vitisphere

The Hospices de Beaune auction to welcome professional attendees

 “The ongoing health situation gives this anniversary sale an unprecedented symbolic significance”, explained the Hospices de Beaune.

Thursday November 12 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Olivier and Martin Bouygues invest in Cognac

 The Métairie distillery is prioritising supplies of mature brandy and is being equipped with storage facilities so that in the long term it can develop its own brand.

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.

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