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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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