Tuesday May 19 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Champagne makes radical decisions to deal with Covid-19 crisis

 The long-awaited decision on authorised yields for the 2020 harvest should be made public at the end of July.

Monday May 18 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

French wine industry not entirely convinced by coronavirus crisis plan

 “Any help is good” is the basic feeling within the French wine industry, with major nuances.

Wednesday April 29 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Distillation and storage of wine to be permitted, but not funded

“The measures proposed are, in the present state of market developments, intended to send a signal aimed at stabilising markets”, said Europe’s Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski.

Thursday April 23 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Lockdown gives French online wine retailers a boost

 Since lockdown was introduced in France on March 17, e-commerce platforms selling wine to private customers have seen sales go through the roof.

Monday April 13 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Coronavirus crisis distillation being mulled in France, and elsewhere

 Crisis distillation is still at the discussion stage, though being seriously considered, and is one of a series of measures requested by the wine industry.

Tuesday March 31 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Vinexpo remains confident about the current situation

 Patrick Seguin, chairman of the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and Industry and of Vinexpo: “We are firmly committed to keeping the show in Hong Kong. There don't seem to be any new cases of coronavirus in Asia. The situation is improving”.

Tuesday March 24 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

French wine producers concerned about cash flow

“The challenge is to get through this crisis as calmly as possible”, says Jean-Marie Fabre.

Friday March 20 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

The first range of PGI wines from resistant varieties is released

“When I started planting disease-resistant grape varieties in 2009, many viewed it as the crazy act of a madman”, recalls Mickaël Raynal.

Thursday March 19 2020 - Wine people by Vitisphere

Charles Schaller chairs the Crémants d’Alsace producers’ organisation

Charles Schaller runs the family vineyard Edgard Schaller & Fils.

Wednesday March 11 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Maxime Toubart re-elected chair of the Champagne winegrowers' association

Maxime Toubart has just been re-elected chair of the Champagne winegrowers' association.

Friday March 06 2020 - Wine people by Vitisphere

Wine and media personality Daniel Benharros passes away

“Very many people who hold a position in the wine media today owe him somewhere between a great deal and a huge amount”, is how Nicolas de Rouyn paid tribute to Daniel Benharros in his blog.

Thursday March 05 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Orchidée wines turn 100% Loire

Bernard Jacob, managing director of Orchidées Maisons de vin, has announced that he has finished restructuring the group.

Wednesday March 04 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Emmanuel Macron seeks European aid for French wines

After tasting grape-flavoured beers and Savoy cheeses, Emmanuel Macron tasted a Provence rosé as a host of the national committee for appellation and geographical indication wines (CNIV).

Friday February 21 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Moncigale invests in canned wines

 Still presented as a prototype, the Moncigale branded rosé in a can (2019 IGP Méditerranée) should be the first wine to use the future canning facilities.

Thursday February 20 2020 - Wine people by Vitisphere

The World’s Best Sommelier shares three tips for blind tasting

 Nothing should be taken for granted: “Being a sommelier means being on a constant learning curve, travelling and meeting winegrowers out in the field”, warned German sommelier Marc Almert.

Wednesday February 19 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

The first wine in the world with an official smiley is released

 Mathias Icard smiles as he presents two reds (a Cabernet-Sauvignon and a Merlot), two whites (Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc) and a rosé at Vinexpo Paris.

Monday February 17 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

French wine and spirits exporters worried about the American market

Antoine Leccia, chairman of the FEVS, has called for an emergency compensation fund to be introduced for companies that have fallen victim to the US tax hike.

Friday February 14 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Raphaël Michel no longer under investigation for fraud

The fraud revealed by trading standards involves offences committed between 2013 and 2017.

Wednesday February 12 2020 - Wine people by Vitisphere

Jérôme Baudouin new editor-in-chief of RVF

 Jérôme Baudouin has been appointed editor-in-chief of the RVF at a challenging moment in the publication’s history.

Tuesday February 11 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

France’s WineTech goes from adolescence to adulthood

Laurent David, chairman of WineTech: “There has been a real wake-up call and I think that WineTech can play a major role in this”.

Wednesday February 05 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Maison Joseph Drouhin is 140 years old

The four Drouhin siblings, Véronique, Philippe, Frédéric and Laurent, took over management of the family firm in the 1990s, but remain under the supervision of their father Robert.

Tuesday February 04 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Millésime Bio announces a 10.5% increase in visitor numbers

The 27th Millésime Bio

Monday February 03 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Burgundy winegrowers up in arms at Inao

The Burgundy producers’ organisation is chaired by Brunot Verret, a winegrower in Yonne.

Friday January 31 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Russia recognises the first French wine appellation

Under the stewardship of the French Embassy, the Côtes de Provence producers’ organisation took part in the Moscow Golden Autumn Fair (Russian agricultural fair).

Thursday January 30 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

The suspension of the digital tax is not enough for the French wine industry

“By the end of 2019, the impact of the taxation could already be estimated at several tens of millions of euros”, announced Louis-Fabrice Latour.

Wednesday January 29 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Vranken-Pommery Champagnes pay the price of the Egalim law

“Champagne, although part of the luxury category, is above all a festive wine bought on impulse prompted by special offers” claims the Reims-based group.

Monday January 27 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Future trends in the wine market summed up in 9 figures

François Collache, Sopexa's Commercial Director for Drinks, presents the major trends in the world wine market for the next two years.

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