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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tuesday January 28 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

600 winegrowers fined for not planting vines

 7,350 hectares of vineyard plantings have been authorised for 2020.

Friday January 24 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Agreenculture unveils its robot Céol

 The prototype of the Céol inter-row and hybrid robot built by the start-up Agreenculture has taken its first steps in the vineyard.

Thursday January 23 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Languedoc vines are starting to emerge from their slumber

A Pinot Noir bud swelling in José Garcia's vineyard in Tourouzelle.

Friday January 17 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Naïo Technologies raises 14 million euros

Created in 2011 by Gaëtan Séverac and Aymeric Barthes, two robotics engineers, the Toulouse-based start-up designs and markets electric agricultural robots capable of mechanically weeding crops (vegetables and vines) autonomously.

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.

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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