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.

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.

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.

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.

Wednesday October 28 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Lockdown pushes up prices of vine posts

 To avoid buying second-rate steel, buyers should ask for steel material certificates.

Wednesday October 21 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Cognac has big ambitions for its environmental footprint

Some winegrowers only need to organise their traceability issues before they can be audited, whereas others still have to invest in controlled spraying equipment or set up washing areas.

Wednesday October 14 2020 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Lower Champagne yields bring down French crop estimates

 As a consequence of an early vintage, by “the end of September, the bulk of the crop had been harvested and only a minority of late-ripening areas were left”, said the Ministry of Agriculture.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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”

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 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”.

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.

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 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.

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 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 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.

Thursday June 13 2019 - Vine growing by Vitisphere

Corbières goes green

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

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