Thursday December 12 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

OIV rejects names of existing varieties for disease-resistant hybrids

 Advocates believe that labelling statements featuring kinship with a varietal name familiar to consumers (Cabernet, Merlot...) would speed up the spread of new disease-resistant varieties without misleading consumers.

Thursday December 05 2019 - Winemaking by Vitisphere

Mediterranean firms on the alert for contaminants

This vintage, winemakers in southern France must also watch out for mouse taint.

Wednesday December 04 2019 - Winemaking by Vitisphere

Nomacorc announces the release of grape-based stoppers in 2020

The Smart Green and Classic Green stoppers now have a zero carbon footprint.

Monday December 02 2019 - Equipment by Vitisphere

A new hybrid robot for winegrowers

“We come as a complement, not as a replacement for the tractor”, explained Fabien Arignon on November 26 at Sitevi.

Friday November 22 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Vitibot launches two new Bakus robots

Photo of the entire Bakus straddle robot family.

Tuesday November 19 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

A report pinpoints the cost of a ban on glyphosate

An end to the use of glyphosate will result in significant extra costs for winegrowers.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 11 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Both of Chenin blanc’s parents identified

In the Loire, Chenin covers 9,700 ha.

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.

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.

Thursday June 13 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Corbières goes green

Daniel Sendrous, chair of the Corbières appellation producers’ organisation.

Monday June 10 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

12% of French vineyards organic in 2018

Florent Guhl, director of Agence Bio: “The growth in organic vineyard acreage is responding to demand in the domestic market”.

Tuesday June 04 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Refugees trained as viticulturists in the Loire Valley

The Amboise school of viticulture has trained nine male refugees in France. All of them spent several weeks in wineries, and several were hired.

Tuesday May 28 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Vines start to flower in Southern France

Flowering is starting in vineyards in Southern France

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).

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.

Monday April 15 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Hail and frost hit parts of France

Just after the hail in Languedoc

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

Thursday January 31 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

French nurseries unveil their collective brand Vitipep’s

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.

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.

Friday December 21 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Champagne aims to be herbicide-free by 2025

Champagne is preparing to phase out the use of herbicides.

Friday December 14 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

17% of Cognac vines non-bearing

“These important figures underscore the need for action by the industry at national level, through the National Plan for Grapevine Dieback”, claimed the Charente Plant Health Bulletin.

Friday December 07 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Feedback shows that planting trees in vineyards has no negative impact

According to initial data from the Vitiforest programme, rows of trees have no impact on vigour or ripening issues.

Wednesday November 28 2018 - Winemaking by Vitisphere

Seguin Moreau turns wood into spherical barrels

 Inspired by late 19th century industry, the GalileOak’s chassis highlights the decorative intentions for the tank.

Friday November 16 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Electronic tongue: Will robots be able to taste ripeness in grapes?

Further research is also being carried out to create an electronic eye, capable of monitoring grape ripeness using parameters that depend on the colour of the grapes.

Thursday November 15 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Cognac has authorised 5 % growth in acreage in 2019 in response to demand

Approved by the regional wine council, the application for a quota of 3,474 hectares underscores the Cognac wine industry’s confidence in the sustainability of its export development.

Wednesday November 07 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

An international Chenin symposium scheduled for 2019

France boasts more than 9,000 ha of Chenin, mostly in the Loire Valley with 5,000 in Anjou-Saumur and 3,200 in Touraine, but vineyards are also found in Jasnières and the Fiefs Vendéens. Elsewhere, it is grown in Limoux, Côtes de Millau and the Dordogne.

Tuesday November 06 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Alsace champions biodynamic wine growing, and is publicising it!

Alsace has 880 hectares of vines farmed using biodynamic techniques.

Thursday November 01 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

French nurseries regain their leadership position

Léonore Hugot from FranceAgriMer presents the figures for nursery production during the organisation’s conference.

Thursday October 25 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Initial feedback from winegrowers on the Naïo weeding robot

On October 12 at Château Fombrauge, Benoît Chaillon tested soil tillage by the TED robot.

Monday October 22 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Winegrowers recount the devastating flash floods in the South of France

At Domaine Cases, the bridge leading to the flooded vineyards collapsed. Henri Cases cannot access his vines.

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