Friday October 09 2020 - Winemaking by Vitisphere

French coopers sustain revenues

 In value terms, the popularity of large format barrels has led to growth of 8.6% in the domestic market and 2.7% elsewhere.

Thursday October 08 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Natural wine organisation celebrates its first anniversary

 “Fifty labels is still not much”, concedes chairman Jacques Carroget (center).

Monday October 05 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Cognac growers relaxed about higher-than-expected yields

The four major Charente firms are Hennessy, Martell, Courvoisier and Rémy Martin.

Friday October 02 2020 - Culture and Wine by Vitisphere

Beaujolais Nouveau 2020 - intimacy rather than large-scale festivities

“There is not just one ‘Nouveau’ any more but a whole host of Nouveaux”, claims Inter Beaujolais.

Wednesday September 30 2020 - wine Tourism by Vitisphere

The Percée du Vin Jaune festival postponed until 2022, and revisited

Traditionally held every first weekend in February, the Percée du Vin Jaune could also take place on the second weekend in February so as not to overlap with the Transjurassienne cross-country skiing event.

Tuesday September 29 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Languedoc wines post encouraging data

At her September press conference, Miren de Lorgeril outlined the main thrust of the marketing board’s plans for the future.

Monday September 28 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

The Trump tax costs the French wine industry $500 million, and its patience

“The situation has gone on long enough, we will not just bury the hatchet. We won’t just leave it at that”, said Jérôme Despey on 23 September during a video press conference.

Friday July 31 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Continued deadlock over 2020 yields in Alsace

 During its AGM, the Alsace Viticulture Association (AVA) voted for a yield level of 70 hl/ha for still white wines but the position has since been rejected.

Thursday July 30 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Champagne fails to agree on 2020 yields

Negotiations over the next few weeks will be decisive.

Tuesday July 28 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Château d'Yquem certified organic by 2022

 Château d'Yquem has had a weather station for 140 years and has never recorded higher levels of rainfall between April and May than in 2020.

Monday July 27 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Provence winegrower shot at with a rifle for spraying by night

 The neighbour has admitted to firing the shots

Friday July 24 2020 - marketing by Vitisphere

3,000 bottles of Champagne given to holidaymakers in Reims

Local authorities are relying on their ingenuity to attract tourists. In Reims, holidaymakers will receive a bottle of grower Champagne.

Thursday July 23 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

AdVini establishes strategic partnership with Veneto winery

Wine tourism will also play an important role in the new partnership, through the Ca' del Moro holiday complex.

Wednesday July 22 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Bordeaux marketing board to set aside wines from 2020 to reduce oversupplies

Each year, the CIVB board will establish a progress report after appellation applications are filed, announced Bernard Farges.

Friday July 17 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Using treated waste water to irrigate vines in Languedoc

“We have also observed a fertigation effect, which reduces the amount of fertiliser applied by 50 to 70% depending on the amount of water used”, says Hernan Ojeda.

Thursday July 16 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

New DNA analysis to treat downy mildew less but also better

“We will be able to tell our customers which agents the strains are resistant to, whether these resistances are weak or strong, and help them choose their plant protection products”, explains Jérémie Brusini.

Wednesday July 15 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

New French Agriculture Minister determined to end use of glyphosate by 2021

Julien Denormandie has his sights squarely set on ensuring glyphosate is banned at the start of 2021. His ministry will soon publish the results of an inventory showing progress on purchases of herbicides.

Tuesday July 14 2020 - competition by Vitisphere

Montpellier chosen as the capital of Grenaches du Monde

The competition has two new features this year – it is now open to Marselan (a cross between Grenache and Cabernet-Sauvignon) and a new accolade has been introduced (ambassador wines, a selection of the finest gold medallists).

Friday July 10 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Burgundy is “the French wine region apparently suffering the least”

Despite a very uncertain future, and a shortfall in the bottom line, the decision was made to maintain funding for various development, promotion and technical activities for the coming financial year.

Thursday July 02 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Electrically heated cables return to Chablis to ward off frost

 “The system's power of 120 to 140 kW/ha guarantees efficiency down to -10°C. When it is switched on, the temperature is kept at between 15 and 20°C along the trellising wire”, explains Fabien Queffelec.

Wednesday July 01 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

An autonomous robot that eliminates downy and powdery mildew overnight

 Thorvald measures 2.4m x 1.2m and moves at a speed of 1.5 metres per second.

Tuesday June 30 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Bordeaux debates permanent removal of 8 to 10,000 hectares of vines

 In view of the current marketing imbalance, the whole point of a vine-pull scheme is to rebalance supply and demand.

Monday June 29 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Tensions mount over 2020 yields for Champagne

 “The crisis we are going through is the worst since Champagne was created. Weathering the storm is not about resolving the sum of individual interests but promoting the collective interest”, stresses Maxime Toubart.

Friday June 26 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Rémy Cointreau negotiates its return to Champagne

The family-run J. de Telmont brand would become Rémy Cointreau’s new Champagne subsidiary company.

Thursday June 25 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Wine Paris and Vinexpo Paris to become a single exhibition

“This full-fledged business event will be held from 15 to 17 February and will welcome more than 2,900 exhibitors from around the world”, stated a joint press release.

Wednesday June 24 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

The first insect-based fertiliser released in the French market

The French company feeds its Tenebrio Molitor worms on cereal by-products.

Tuesday June 23 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

AOC Bordeaux aims to scale back production by 20% in 2020

If mildew and hail do not put a curb on production of red AOC wines, yield reductions and compulsory reserves will.

Thursday June 18 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Bordeaux wine growers struggle to keep on top of mildew

In addition to the leaves, symptoms are also very visible on the clusters.

Wednesday June 17 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

French shipping firms reportedly have 70,000 hl of wines to distil

Initial feedback from the South-West wine trade association reveals that volumes due to be distilled by non-producing shipping firms will be very low.

Tuesday June 16 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Slow-down for Burgundy wine exports

Burgundy wines posted a drop in exports over the first quarter of 2020, in a challenging economic environment, particularly due to the Trump tax

Monday June 15 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Back to basics for Grands Crus during the coronavirus crisis

Château Beychevelle produces 240,000 bottles a year and currently sells more than 80% of its wines En Primeur in a single tranche.

Friday June 12 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Martell, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët head towards phasing out pesticides

“Regenerative farming involves agroecology, agroforestry, permaculture...” specified Bernard Pineau.

Wednesday June 10 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Temperatures during flowering in 2019 determine 2020 crop yields

For vine flowering, there is a critical 2-week period.

Monday June 08 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

The local market at the core of the Rhone Valley’s recovery plan

Rhone firms should not need to resort to crisis distillation

Thursday June 04 2020 - marketing by Vitisphere

Beaujolais nouveau 2020 to be released earlier than normal

Beaujolais Nouveau wines will be able to leave wineries earlier this year, as will shipments to non-EU countries.

Wednesday June 03 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Pontet-Canet sells 100 % of its En Primeur wines in just 3 hours

The 2019 vintage is the last one supervised by Jean-Michel Comme (right), who has managed Alfred Tesseron's (left) estate since 1989.

Tuesday June 02 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

France decides to finance distillation to reduce volumes

Although the government has outlined proposals, it has not yet reached a firm decision on its aid plan for the wine industry.

Monday June 01 2020 - Land management by Vitisphere

The price of vineyards continues to climb in France in 2019

“SAFER agencies are reporting that business is currently at a standstill. People are eyeing the future with apprehension”, said Emmanuel Hyest.

Friday May 29 2020 - Winemaking by Vitisphere

A dash of gunflint to boost aroma in white wines

 Galdric Nogues, product manager for Lamothe Abiet's fermentation range, monitored the research in conjunction with the Asti viticulture and oenology research centre in Italy during the 2019 harvest.

Thursday May 28 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Sparkling from Provence aims to help move rosé upmarket

 Available in white (90% Rolle and 10% Viognier) and rosé (60% Grenache and 40% Cinsault), the Les Impatients range has a recommended retail price of 14 euros.

Wednesday May 27 2020 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Sales of Cognac plummet during coronavirus crisis

 “The [coronavirus] crisis will have an impact, and there is no reason why it should be any different to other crises: a drop in sales and then a rebound. What we don't know today is how long it will last”, said Patrice Pinet.

Friday May 22 2020 - marketing by Vitisphere

€1 million to kick-start consumption of Alsace wines

 In terms of strategy, “considering 2020 is not over and done with is a conscious decision”, admitted Philippe Bouvet.

Thursday May 21 2020 - marketing by Vitisphere

Summer campaign for Bordeaux En Primeur

 “Using this format, we can potentially reach out to 85 to 90% of the world's En Primeur customers”, said Ronan Laborde.

Wednesday May 20 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Unprecedented - vines bloom exceptionally early across France

 Time for excitement. On social media, winegrowers have put aside the stress caused by mildew and the inaccessibility of many vineyards to share their best shots of vines in bloom.

Tuesday May 19 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Champagne makes radical decisions to deal with Covid-19 crisis

 The long-awaited decision on authorised yields for the 2020 harvest should be made public at the end of July.

Monday May 18 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

French wine industry not entirely convinced by coronavirus crisis plan

 “Any help is good” is the basic feeling within the French wine industry, with major nuances.

Thursday May 14 2020 - Equipment by Vitisphere

Good news, Eima is open for business this year

The Eima equipment trade fair attracted 230,000 visitors at its last edition in 2018 in Bologna.

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.

Friday February 14 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Raphaël Michel no longer under investigation for fraud

The fraud revealed by trading standards involves offences committed between 2013 and 2017.

Thursday February 13 2020 - Winemaking by Vitisphere

Natural wines get definition and commitments

“Our charter prompts three types of reaction from winegrowers: “It gets on my nerves”, “I have things to hide” and “OK, we have to take the plunge, this is the way of the world”, commented Jacques Carroget on 3 February in Angers.

Wednesday February 12 2020 - Wine people by Vitisphere

Jérôme Baudouin new editor-in-chief of RVF

 Jérôme Baudouin has been appointed editor-in-chief of the RVF at a challenging moment in the publication’s history.

Tuesday February 11 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

France’s WineTech goes from adolescence to adulthood

Laurent David, chairman of WineTech: “There has been a real wake-up call and I think that WineTech can play a major role in this”.

Monday February 10 2020 - wine Tourism by Vitisphere

The Universal Wine Museum due to open in Beijing at the end of 2021

The Beijing Wine Museum covers 18,000 m². It will include a 6,700 m² permanent exhibition area with temporary exhibitions, an auditorium, multi-sensory exhibits, a wine cellar, a gourmet restaurant and a wine school.

Friday February 07 2020 - Editorial by Vitisphere

Vitisphere wins MédiaPro award

The Diversification Award was officially presented on January 29 in Paris.

Thursday February 06 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Côtes-de-Provence to try out foreign varietals

The Côtes-de-Provence appellation area wants to introduce new drought-resistant grape varieties into the appellation specifications for experimental purposes. Here, Moschofilero for rosé, Calabrese for reds and white Verdejo.

Wednesday February 05 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Maison Joseph Drouhin is 140 years old

The four Drouhin siblings, Véronique, Philippe, Frédéric and Laurent, took over management of the family firm in the 1990s, but remain under the supervision of their father Robert.

Tuesday February 04 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Millésime Bio announces a 10.5% increase in visitor numbers

The 27th Millésime Bio

Monday February 03 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Burgundy winegrowers up in arms at Inao

The Burgundy producers’ organisation is chaired by Brunot Verret, a winegrower in Yonne.

Friday January 31 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Russia recognises the first French wine appellation

Under the stewardship of the French Embassy, the Côtes de Provence producers’ organisation took part in the Moscow Golden Autumn Fair (Russian agricultural fair).

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