Wednesday July 10 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Provence wines bolster their marketing budget by 25%

 The marketing board also wants to consolidate its position in the French market, where Provence is losing market share.

Monday July 01 2019 - wine Tourism by Vitisphere

The trend for winegrowers’ escape games continues to gain traction

Fun escape game events offer an opportunity to provide players with technical information, in this case on the grape varieties of South-West France.

Friday June 07 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

The 9,000-euro Instagram post for Provence rosés

 The panel includes Ali Green, an American influencer from Nashville with 96,000 subscribers described as a “rosé-lover influencer” by the brand.

Monday June 03 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Provence rosés set out strategy for continued market leadership

 “Rosé is now drunk all year round”, commented Jean-Jacques Bréban.

Friday May 17 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Plans to introduce a quality hierarchy in the Graves wine region

“We do not have any reputation issues, but rather conversion into market share”, says Dominique Guignard, the appellation’s chairman.

Thursday May 16 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Bergerac wines inspired by the Game of Thrones series

Parodying the credits of Game of Thrones, Game of Terroirs ends with a handmade glass throne.

Wednesday May 01 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Wine Paris buys Prowein and Vinexpo keywords on Google

“It's actually a classic communication strategy”, says Pascale Ferranti, director of the Wine Paris exhibition.

Wednesday April 24 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Languedoc appellations’ spectacular move upmarket

Alexandre They, Château du Vieux Moulin, and Miren de Lorgeril, chair of the CIVL, gave an update on the economy of Languedoc appellations.

Thursday April 18 2019 - distribution by Vitisphere

Strong growth in French e-commerce wine sales starts to falter

According to Xerfi research, the wine e-commerce bubble is deflating in France.

Tuesday April 16 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

2018 world wine production reaches a peak

World trade in wine increased by volume to 108 million hl and by value to 31.3 billion euros (+1.2%).

Friday April 12 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

A network of European communication agencies is established

The food and wine republic is a collaborative platform bringing together ten communication agencies operating in the main European wine markets.

Friday April 05 2019 - wine Tourism by Vitisphere

Champagne structures its wine tourism activities

Maxime Toubart, chairman of the Champagne winegrowers’ organisation, signs the white paper on wine tourism in Champagne under the watchful eye of Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, chairman of the Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars – Unesco World Heritage mission.

Tuesday April 02 2019 - wine Tourism by Vitisphere

Perpignan prepares to celebrate wine

Nicolas Ponzo, director of the Roussillon wine marketing board (left), and Philippe Bourrier, board chairman, at the press conference on 25 March in Paris.

Thursday March 21 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Flagging prices for bulk Beaujolais

The return to more substantial production volumes in 2018 has brought bulk prices of Beaujolais down again, due to the multiple retailers

Wednesday March 20 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

2018, a bad year for Bordeaux

Bernard Farges, vice-chairman, and Allan Sichel (right), chairman of the Bordeaux wine marketing council CIVB on March 12.

Monday March 18 2019 - wine Tourism by Vitisphere

French wine tourism heads towards quality hierarchy

“Under certain conditions, wine tourism can become a key aspect of the tourism industry over the coming years”, said Hervé Novelli on 12 March at Hangar 14 in Bordeaux.

Friday March 15 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Eminent and Grand Eminent Crémants gaining traction

A ‘Grand Eminent’ wine from Louis Bouillot.

Thursday February 28 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Burgundy loath to share the ‘climat’ statement with Beaujolais

 An excerpt from the Interbeaujolais poster, explaining the region’s strategy for outstanding Beaujolais wines.

Monday February 25 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

France’s domination of the Chinese wine market takes a beating

 “After an outstanding year in 2017, there may also be some overstocking”, pointed out Santiago Diaz Herrenschmidt.

Friday February 22 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

The first contracts and marketing initiatives for PGI Terres du Midi

The first transactions involved twelve brokers, 10 trading companies, 21 co-operative wineries and 9 independent winegrowers, according to Ludovic Roux and Jean-Marie Fabre.

Wednesday February 20 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

The most expensive wines in the world in 2018

Although Burgundy leads the way by bottle rankings, Bordeaux corners 60% of lots.

Tuesday February 19 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

French still wine export volumes fell by 9.8%.

Philippe Castéja, Antoine Leccia, chairman of the FEVS, and Patrice Pinet, at the presentation of the 2018 results of French wine and spirits exports.

Thursday February 14 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Amboise wines move away from Touraine

Known for its chateau, but also Clos Lucé and Château Gaillard, the town of Amboise will soon have its own appellation.

Friday February 08 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Bergerac is starting to recover

From left to right: Jacques Rodriguez, chair of the FNVBSO and Marc Lecomte, chair of the IVBD.

Thursday February 07 2019 - distribution by Vitisphere

Where will future growth of organic wine come from?

Torsten Hartmann, the IWSR: “The United States is a country in growth mode where consumers are willing to accept price increases”

Tuesday February 05 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Crémants reach record highs

Crémants account for a quarter of Alsace wine production.

Wednesday January 30 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Perpignan becomes European wine capital for 2019

Thursday January 24 2019 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Prices remain firm for red Pays d'Oc

Tuesday January 22 2019 - distribution by Vitisphere

Millésime Bio hopes to break the 6,000-visitor barrier

Friday January 18 2019 - wine Tourism by Vitisphere

A drop of 5% in visitor numbers at the Cité du Vin in 2018

Access to the permanent visit costs 20 euros for an adult, and 9 euros for a child aged 6 to 17 years old, where wine tasting is replaced by grape juice.

Tuesday January 08 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

XXO Cognacs join the appellation

Created in 1870, the XXO statement was used by Hennessy until 1932, judging by bottles found. The eponymous brand was re-launched at the end of 2017.

Monday January 07 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

The Bordeaux Wine Festival returns to Liverpool in 2019

Having contemplated the possibility of travelling to London at one point, the CIVB ruled it out due to the costs involved and profusion of events taking place in the English capital.

Friday January 04 2019 - marketing by Vitisphere

Bordeaux and German wines roll out joint promotion activities

Still in the process of being finalised, the joint German-Bordeaux promotional thrust should be launched in spring 2019.

Thursday December 20 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

A challenging start to the marketing campaign for Bordeaux

Thursday December 13 2018 - distribution by Vitisphere

French wines spearhead the global boxed wine market

France is the leading bag-in-box exporter country by value.

Wednesday December 12 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

The vitality of the rosé market gets glassmakers’ creative juices flowing

Glassmakers are innovating to give rosé wines modern bottles with a distinctive design.

Tuesday December 11 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

+ 30% for prices of bulk Côtes-de-Provence rosé

Côtes-de-Provence is facing an unprecedented price hike.

Thursday December 06 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

Muscadet wines introduce a hierarchy… for real

“We need to energise the entry-level segment”, insists Olivier Martin, spokesman for the Nantes wine federation.

Friday November 30 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

Consumers more receptive to the term “natural” than “organic”

 The challenges facing organic wines are a source of fascination as evidenced by the packed room at Vinitech which welcomed 300 attendees, on chairs, standing and even on the floor.

Thursday November 29 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Italy ranks as the world’s most competitive country

 Audrey Laurent, wine researcher at FranceAgriMer (left) and Julie Barat, head of the specialised sectors unit at FranceAgriMer (right), presented the research on competitiveness on 21 November at Vinitech.

Tuesday November 27 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

Vinotte samples win Amorim Innovation Award

 “Innovating is all about keeping up with the times”, says Joachim Amorim, vice-president of the Amorim group, presenting their awards to Grégoire Henry and Tristan Destremau on 21 November at the Bordeaux Exhibition Centre.

Monday November 26 2018 - wine Tourism by Vitisphere

Château Smith Haut Lafitte’s artistic forest wins award

As more and more properties become home to works of art, the challenge now is to stage them in a fun way.

Thursday November 22 2018 - distribution by Vitisphere

Bordeaux leads the way for organic wine sales in French supermarkets

The leading organic Bordeaux brand, “Croix d'Albret symbolises the commitment of our winegrowers and their proactive approach to showing respect for the environment for future generations”, explained Terre de Vignerons.

Wednesday November 21 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Trump’s tweet – fact and fiction

Donald Trump, President of the United States, criticised the customs duties applied to American wines imported into France.

Tuesday November 20 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

New start for the Hospices de Beaujeu auction in 2020

From left to right: Sylvain Sotton, Mayor of Beaujeu and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Hospices de Beaujeu, Anne-Laure Helfrich from the GCF Group, and Benjamin Le Berre, Director of the Burgundy Division at GCF.

Monday November 19 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

New downturn for Beaujolais Nouveau

Beaujolais nouveau, a wine whose success with consumers is gradually diminishing....

Friday November 09 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

Amboise Côt is in vogue

Raimonds Tomsons, Europe’s Best Sommelier for 2017, was impressed by the quality of the Touraine Côts, especially those from Amboise.

Thursday November 08 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

200 Burgundy wines retailing for under €15 make the trip to Paris

A nod to the film ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, Burgundy’s event will take over a mansion to create a whole new experience.

Friday November 02 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Rosé purchases surge at the beginning of the buying campaign

Low inventories at the start of the buying campaign are prompting some marketers to buy early.

Wednesday October 31 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

How the roll of the sea can benefit wine maturation

 To develop the image of his wines in the French market, William Jonquères d'Oriola relies on Le Petit Ballon’s online sales. The website accounts for a 'significant share” of sales, “with substantial volumes for dedicated labels”, says the winegrower.

Monday October 29 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Europe produces 27% more wine in 2018

The last time France ranked first was in 2014, with 47 million hl.

Friday October 26 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

Martell fights for the right to choose maturation techniques

Retailing for around $ 50 (approximately €40), Blue Swift “is not an innovation that seeks to undermine the image of Cognac”, claims Pierre Joncourt.

Tuesday October 23 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Sharp decline in French wine inventories

Inventories held at wineries declined much more than at trade level. The former fell from 31.5 to 26.4 mhl (-16%), while the latter dropped from 22.7 to 21.3 mhl (-6%).

Tuesday October 16 2018 - distribution by Vitisphere

Raisin, the app listing 3,000 natural wine bars worldwide

The start-up Raisin was co-founded by Jean-Hugues Bretin, who has just joined WineTech.

Thursday October 11 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Prices of bulk wines reported to be falling in Burgundy

Following a series of short crops since 2013, Burgundy wine prices had reached high levels. The return to average volumes heralds a downward readjustment.

Tuesday October 09 2018 - marketing by Sharon Nagel

How new technologies are revolutionising wine distribution

Thursday October 04 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

Key figures from the ninth, and penultimate, Crus Bourgeois selection

Eight Médoc appellations (Médoc, Haut-Médoc, Margaux, Moulis-en-Médoc, Listrac-Médoc, Saint-Julien, Pauillac, and Saint Estèphe) are eligible for the Crus Bourgeois labelling statement

Monday October 01 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Sparkling wine sales surge on the back of France’s World Cup victory

Over the summer of 2018, Proseccos accounted for 13% of C10’s sparkling wine sales (compared to 7% for Cavas).

Monday September 17 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

France’s small 2017 crop starts to impact exports

“The poor 2017 harvest is starting to weigh on our shipments,” summed up Antoine Leccia.

Tuesday September 11 2018 - wine Tourism by Vitisphere

The app that wine-loving parents will adore

The Ampelograf game offers an introduction to vine growing and wine.

Monday September 10 2018 - distribution by Vitisphere

Vinexpo Explorer invites 70 buyers to California

The event was organised at the request of Sonoma County Vintners, which represents 200 Californian estates.

Friday September 07 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

2018 wine supplies at their lowest level in 6 years

According to estimates by the Languedoc-Roussillon co-operative wineries, the region’s wine supplies are at their lowest level in six years.

Thursday September 06 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Champagne sales plateaud in the first half of the year

Champagne shipments plateaud in the first half of 2018.

Thursday July 12 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Inventories tided Rhone Valley over after small 2017 crop

Philippe Pellaton, on the microphone, was re-elected in December 2017 for an additional 3 years.

Tuesday July 10 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

Burgundy wine marketing board to nurture accessible wines

During the marketing board’s AGM, François Labet stressed his attachment to better promoting regional appellations in France.

Thursday July 05 2018 - wine Tourism by Vitisphere

Grand official opening for Château le Bouïs’ wine tourism centre

The elected representatives who attended the official opening of the Château le Bouïs wine tourism centre on 25 June 2018.

Wednesday July 04 2018 - distribution by Vitisphere

GS1 offers a standard digital label for wines

To mark the launch, GS1 organised a major conference in Paris on June 19 which it said was attended by 150 participants.

Wednesday June 20 2018 - wine Tourism by Vitisphere

With €700,000 of debts, the Carré du Palais goes into receivership

 The Carré du Palais in Avignon.

Thursday June 07 2018 - distribution by Vitisphere

TMall unveils the technologies of a futuristic wine merchant

The average buyer on Alibaba is female (70% of users), aged between 18 and 29 years old (45%) and interested in a healthy lifestyle (30%).

Wednesday June 06 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

Vinexpo Hong Kong confirms its position as Asia's leading trade fair

“The most difficult thing about Chinese buyers we've never heard of is ascertaining whether they're big fish or small tourists,' said one French industry member.

Friday June 01 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

Pays d'Oc Collection celebrates its tenth anniversary

Jacques Gravegeal and Olivier Simonou presented the Trophées collection on May 17 at the Mas du Cheval near Montpellier.

Wednesday May 30 2018 - wine Tourism by Vitisphere

Burgundy celebrates its Climats for a month

In 2017, festivities for Unesco’s listing of the Burgundy ‘climats’ took place at Château de Meursault.

Tuesday May 29 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

36 chateaux pin their hopes on Crus Artisans

“The crus artisans system is not a closed circuit, other Bordeaux appellations can opt in,' said Maxime Saint-Martin on May 18 at the CIVB wine bar.

Wednesday May 16 2018 - distribution by Vitisphere

Surprising gaps in wine lists of Michelin-starred restaurants

The three best represented estates on Michelin-starred wine lists are a Bordeaux (43% presence for Château Haut Marbuzet), a Rhone (40% for Georges Vernay) and a Provence (38% for Trevallon).

Tuesday May 15 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

Loire wines reap rewards of extensive PR and marketing thrusts

InterLoire organises a whole raft of export thrusts to raise awareness of Loire wines.

Thursday May 10 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

French online wine sales continue to grow

What drives consumers to buy on the Internet is the price tag (51%), delivery costs (38%) and quality of information (35%).

Wednesday May 09 2018 - distribution by Sharon Nagel

Copestick Murray uses ingenuity to adapt to a changing UK marketplace

Robin Copestick, director of British import and distribution company Copestick Murray : 'Consumers are more comfortable with grape varieties but the wine proposition is still complicated. They wanted simple, inspiring wines.'

Friday April 27 2018 - wine Tourism by Vitisphere

Beaujolais awarded Unesco World Geopark certification

Beaujolais has secured global recognition for its rich geological heritage.

Wednesday April 25 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

2017 vintage non-GI wines see prices surge

The average price of varietal-labelled and generic reds rose from €64.4 to €80.1 /hl between the old and new vintages; whites from €69.5 to €83.9 /hl and rosés from €61.9 to €81.8 /hl.

Tuesday April 17 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

Champagne winegrowers take control of marketing

Maxime Toubart, chairman of the SGV, surrounded by the board of administrators during the vote.

Wednesday April 04 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Average prices of appellation wines from three regions converge

The beginning of 2018 was marked by a significant rise in red PDO wine prices.

Tuesday April 03 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

A new showcase for French wines

For the moment, the platform is only accessible to Business France customers.

Tuesday March 27 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

Labels are not fashionable for rosés

The aim of the competition is “to enhance the aesthetics of bottles presented at the show by giving priority to the design of the bottle and the label'. Ultimately, there were no labels among the finalists.

Tuesday March 20 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

“Adding a day to ProWein is on the cards”

“We have always focused on business in the halls. I think that's one of the key success factors for ProWein, in addition to our dates in March and the advantages of our location”, says Marius Berlemann.

Wednesday March 14 2018 - distribution by Vitisphere

Cognac winegrowers condemn Lidl's XO retailing for €19,99

“Such low prices disparage our product, our work and the reputation of our brandies” claimed the UGVC.

Tuesday March 13 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Perpetuating Provence’s leadership

“How do we plan to safeguard the success that has come fairly recently? Fifteen years in the world of wine is a very short time”, stressed Jacques-Olivier Pesme on February 23rd in Toulon.

Thursday March 08 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

Bien Boire en Beaujolais breaks through the 200-exhibitor barrier

“Beaujolais, Beaujolais-villages, growths, organic, natural wines, men, women, young, old, some with moustaches... there will be something for everyone!' quip the event’s organisers.

Tuesday March 06 2018 - Market conditions by Vitisphere

Mediterranean wines account for 28.7% of global production

Jean-Philippe Perrouty of Wine Intelligence presented the second round of figures from the Mediterranean Wine Observatory at Vinisud on 19 February.

Monday March 05 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

25,500 visitors attended Vinisud

Vinisud 2018 welcomed 1,450 exhibitors and 25,500 visitors.

Friday March 02 2018 - marketing by Vitisphere

The other Cannes festival gathers 49 exhibitors and 40 buyers

Like its highly acclaimed film counterpart, the rose wine festival took place on the Croisette, at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.

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