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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.

Thursday October 18 2018 - Equipment by Vitisphere

Vinitech will preach wine innovation around the world

The new touring event is aimed at creating “innovations and technical solutions', explained Delphine Demade.

Wednesday October 17 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

A new pest is causing damage in 2018

2018 marks a record year in terms of the presence and damage by honeydew moths.

Friday October 12 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Disease-resistant grapevines launched in 2019 in PGI vineyards

The first plots of permanently classified disease-resistant vines are beginning to appear in French vineyards, here, in Bordeaux.

Wednesday October 10 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

The first Franco-Chinese viticulture research laboratory is created

The International Associate Laboratory will bring together 23 research professors in Bordeaux and 10 research professors in Beijing.

Friday October 05 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

The Mgaloblishvili grape variety holds promise

Probably named after its first winegrower, Mgaloblishvili is a grape variety from western Georgia. Not recommended for single varietal wines, it can be used in blends or for brandy production according to Georgian expert David Maghradze.

Wednesday October 03 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Controversy in Pomerol over drainage

 The work, which can be seen from the road, 'caused uproar amongst many winegrowers. The industry pulled together and we were quickly informed”, comments Laurent Fidèle.

Tuesday October 02 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Domaines Auriol support wine growers as they switch to organic

Claude Vialade is at the helm of Domaines Auriol: “The region has already lost the easy-drinking everyday wine market. We don't want it to lose the organic market for which it boasts two major assets: the sun and the wind!”

Thursday September 27 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Burgundy ends “a great harvest”

Sizeable volumes are on the cards this year in Burgundy.

Friday September 21 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Diimotion is awarded the special prize by Vinitech judges

Diimotion allows you to stop spraying at any time without wasting any spray solution.

Wednesday September 19 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Appellations can now carry out varietal R&D

Appellations will be able to experiment with new grape varieties that are not yet included in production specifications.

Friday September 14 2018 - Land management by Vitisphere

Wine growing to be significantly affected by the end of tax exemptions

Wednesday September 12 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Bordeaux wines showcase their biodiversity

The 7 to 9 metre-long tentacles decorated the corner of the Allés Tourny and the 30 Juillet boulevard.

Friday July 20 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

The need to continue defending copper in Brussels

Between Thomas Montagne (left) and Sylvie Dulong (right), MEP Angélique Delahaye enquired about the European agricultural model beyond the copper ban.

Friday July 13 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Dramatic hailstorm in western Aude

Hailstones 4 cm in diameter, without rain, fell for about twenty minutes on the vineyards of Limoux and La Malepère where the damage is considerable.

Tuesday June 19 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Languedoc: Outbreaks of downy mildew are already leading to crop losses

 An outbreak of downy mildew on a leaf

Monday June 18 2018 - Land management by Vitisphere

Anjou : Jo Pithon sells his winery

Jo Pithon with Parisian investor Ivan Massonnat who is taking over the estate

Friday June 15 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Four Cognac houses make a commitment to young winegrowers

 In the young farmers’ press release, Courvoisier says it has been offering specific contracts to young winegrowers since 1986.

Monday June 11 2018 - Winemaking by Vitisphere

Striking lucky with light

The use of light to 'treat' vines with fungal diseases was quickly mentioned. For Michel Valade, “the technique is attractive in the laboratory, but transitioning to vineyards is likely to be very challenging...”

Tuesday June 05 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

French vines now at the flowering stage

 The flowering stage

Monday June 04 2018 - Land management by Vitisphere

French vineyard sales up 2.8% in 2017

 Loïc Jugouzo from Terres d'Europe-Scafr

Friday May 25 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Bakus makes a splash at the Terre Innovation exhibition

With an autonomy of 10 hours and power of 80 kW (110 hp), the Bakus straddle robot can work by day or night.

Thursday May 24 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Around 500 hectares of vines in Champagne affected by hail

Hail fell on the southern part of Champagne, inconsistently affecting vineyards.

Wednesday May 23 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Bordeaux winegrower to plant Grenache and Syrah

Thomas Gomes claims that as he is “starting from scratch' he can afford to have low-cropping vines (25 to 30 hl/ha) in his vineyards.

Monday May 21 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

France needs to call for copper to be re-registered

Discussions on copper are reported to be lively between the Ministries of Agriculture and the Environment.

Thursday May 17 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Syngenta invests in promotion of biological control

Damien Lenglet, marketing manager for vine fungicides and bio-control.

Monday May 14 2018 - Land management by Vitisphere

First loan with interest paid in wine meets with success

The sum lent by wine lovers will enable Château Clarisse to finance a wine storehouse as well as to bear the cost of storing inventories.

Friday May 11 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Permaculture tested in Mediterranean vineyards

Pierre-Yves Petit aims to test a permaculture vine project combining cereals, plants, trees and animals. Here, lentils are sown in rows in a vineyard.

Thursday May 03 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

A target of 100 hectares of disease-resistant grape varieties for 2022

Bouquet variety 3160-11-3N

Wednesday May 02 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Europe is ready for disease-resistant grape varieties

Bernard Farges, chairman of the CNAOC: “Without copper, organic viticulture is dead, and conventional viticulture is in bad shape”.

Tuesday May 01 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Lightening canopy growth in French vineyards

The rate of vine development has quickened.

Monday April 30 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

INAO maps out AOC vineyards

“Grape production potential is the sum of localities that make up the geographical area”, explained Gilles Flutet.

Tuesday April 24 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

France’s leading producers are switching to 100% organic

By converting the 140-hectare vineyard at its Château Les Vergnes, Univitis is proud to announce “a large-scale conversion project, totally unique in the world of co-operative wineries”.

Monday April 23 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

First hail damage in the lower Rhône Valley

Damage of up to 30% on primary buds has been reported in the most affected vineyards.

Friday April 20 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

France the world’s third-largest exporter of winemaking equipment

The 2017 economic report produced by Axema shows a 2.3% increase in French production of wine-growing equipment.

Thursday April 19 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Vins de France pilot vineyards get underway

Noël Bougrier, chairman of Anivin: “Vins de France are the key to entering export markets. These are not entry-level wines but products positioned in premium or even super premium segments”.

Monday April 16 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

French researchers take stock of vine die-back

The Vine Die-Back Plan is now two years old, providing an opportunity to take stock.

Thursday April 12 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Sustainable wine growing certification entails extra costs

Setting up sustainable wine growing standards in Champagne comes at a cost: between 0.24 and 0.92 euros/kg/year.

Monday April 09 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

2023 will mark the end of synthetic plant products in Lantignié

In Lantignié, thirty or so winegrowers have joined the Vignerons et Terroirs association with a view to developing their ‘terroir’ which they feel is “engulfed” in the regional appellation.

Wednesday March 28 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Val d'Orbieu makes a massive commitment to water protection

From left to right: Jacky Garcia, Chairman of the Vinadéis Management Board, Joël Castany, Chairman of the Vinadeis Supervisory Board and Laurent Roy, Managing Director of the Rhône Méditerranée Corse Water Agency.

Thursday March 22 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

The top 50 most planted grape varieties in France

A Hérault grape variety intended for producing table grapes, Gros Vert was approved in France in 2007 (for the 1099 clone only).

Monday March 19 2018 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Plans for drones to blow hot air

Friday February 16 2018 - Winemaking by Vitisphere

How the brain copes with bitterness

Bitterness is a double-edged flavour.

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