Tuesday October 27 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

A winery entirely made from mud and wood in Margaux

 A compressed mud vault will support the wooden framework. “This will be the only load-bearing one in the world”, announces a delighted Tristan Le Lous.

Thursday October 22 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Bordeaux wine shipper uses wine residues as fuel

ED 95, a by-product of winegrowing, is cheaper per litre (€0.85 excluding VAT compared to €1.25 excluding VAT for professional-use diesel) but uses at least 40% more fuel, which is a sizeable increase.

Tuesday October 20 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Vignobles Jeanjean moves into Pic Saint Loup

The company sells 2.3 million bottles a year in wine stores, supermarkets and the hospitality industry in France and in export markets.

Monday October 19 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Marie Brizard to sell Moncigale wine brands, Boisset invests in rosés

The sales offer should be finalised by the end of 2020 or early 2021.

Tuesday October 13 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Leading end-of-year French wine grower fairs cancelled

 Although exhibitors get a refund in the event of a cancellation, this is not the main issue: “There is a huge problem of loss of earnings”, points out Pierre-Antoine Giovannoni.

Monday October 12 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Compulsory purchase contract for Pays d'Oc making life difficult for wineries

 Although the majority of industry players are in favour of a balanced market, reactions to the measure on the ground have been varied

Thursday October 08 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Natural wine organisation celebrates its first anniversary

 “Fifty labels is still not much”, concedes chairman Jacques Carroget (center).

Monday September 28 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

The Trump tax costs the French wine industry $500 million, and its patience

“The situation has gone on long enough, we will not just bury the hatchet. We won’t just leave it at that”, said Jérôme Despey on 23 September during a video press conference.

Friday July 31 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Continued deadlock over 2020 yields in Alsace

 During its AGM, the Alsace Viticulture Association (AVA) voted for a yield level of 70 hl/ha for still white wines but the position has since been rejected.

Thursday July 30 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Champagne fails to agree on 2020 yields

Negotiations over the next few weeks will be decisive.

Thursday July 23 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

AdVini establishes strategic partnership with Veneto winery

Wine tourism will also play an important role in the new partnership, through the Ca' del Moro holiday complex.

Wednesday July 22 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Bordeaux marketing board to set aside wines from 2020 to reduce oversupplies

Each year, the CIVB board will establish a progress report after appellation applications are filed, announced Bernard Farges.

Tuesday June 30 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Bordeaux debates permanent removal of 8 to 10,000 hectares of vines

 In view of the current marketing imbalance, the whole point of a vine-pull scheme is to rebalance supply and demand.

Friday June 26 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Rémy Cointreau negotiates its return to Champagne

The family-run J. de Telmont brand would become Rémy Cointreau’s new Champagne subsidiary company.

Thursday June 25 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Wine Paris and Vinexpo Paris to become a single exhibition

“This full-fledged business event will be held from 15 to 17 February and will welcome more than 2,900 exhibitors from around the world”, stated a joint press release.

Tuesday June 23 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

AOC Bordeaux aims to scale back production by 20% in 2020

If mildew and hail do not put a curb on production of red AOC wines, yield reductions and compulsory reserves will.

Wednesday June 17 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

French shipping firms reportedly have 70,000 hl of wines to distil

Initial feedback from the South-West wine trade association reveals that volumes due to be distilled by non-producing shipping firms will be very low.

Monday June 15 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Back to basics for Grands Crus during the coronavirus crisis

Château Beychevelle produces 240,000 bottles a year and currently sells more than 80% of its wines En Primeur in a single tranche.

Wednesday June 03 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Pontet-Canet sells 100 % of its En Primeur wines in just 3 hours

The 2019 vintage is the last one supervised by Jean-Michel Comme (right), who has managed Alfred Tesseron's (left) estate since 1989.

Thursday May 28 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Sparkling from Provence aims to help move rosé upmarket

 Available in white (90% Rolle and 10% Viognier) and rosé (60% Grenache and 40% Cinsault), the Les Impatients range has a recommended retail price of 14 euros.

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.

Wednesday January 22 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Millésime Bio transitions towards the digital era

The Sudvinbio team with Jean-Louis Cazaubon, vice-chairman of the Occitania Regional Council charged with agriculture.

Tuesday January 21 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

The European and American wine industries call for the abolition of tariffs

The European and American wine industries are calling for the abolition of tariffs on both sides of the Atlantic.

Monday January 20 2020 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Saint-Émilion gets the ball rolling for the 2022 classification

The press was not invited to this internal briefing at the Salle des Dominicains, where nearly 200 people are reported to have attended.

Tuesday January 14 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Prowein announces France will get more floor space in 2021

Michael Degen and Professor Simone Loose at the press conference presenting Prowein 2020 in Paris on 8 January.

Monday January 13 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Wine Paris and Vinexpo announce they are joining forces

 Comexposium and the Bordeaux CCI presented their alliance at a press conference on 8 January in Paris.

Thursday December 19 2019 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

South of France marketing board exhibition postponed

Portraying the Occitania wine region as a single entity is also a challenge that must be overcome despite the deep-rooted attachment to individual areas whose landscapes and cultural attributes are promoted independently.

Wednesday December 18 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

CVG plays to its strengths and launches a 10.5% ABV Sauvignon

Xavier Lopez and Eric Lanxade believe “the wine industry needs more innovation”.

Tuesday December 10 2019 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Trump and Macron may come to an agreement

The American and French Presidents are reportedly hammering out an agreement on the French Gafa tax.

Monday December 09 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Full house for Vinexpo and Wine Paris in 2020

Among the international visitors to Wine Paris, the countries targeted by Comexposium are the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Friday December 06 2019 - Wine people by Vitisphere

Château de Versailles chosen for the Bordeaux Great Growths gala dinner

This isn’t the first time the Commanderie du Bontemps has organised a fringe event during Vinexpo. Its ‘Fête de la Fleur’ closes the Bordeaux exhibition (in odd years) and its gala dinner is part of the Asia-Pacific show in Hong Kong.

Thursday November 28 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Vinexpo winds up the exhibition concept in Bordeaux

Among his main areas of focus, Rodolphe Lameyse is working on a code of conduct for chateaux holding fairs or events during the Bordeaux exhibition.

Wednesday November 20 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Château Rollan de By exits the Médoc Crus Bourgeois

“With my four properties [selected], I used to be one of the most influential members of the Crus Bourgeois” said Jean Guyon, speaking in the past tense.

Monday November 18 2019 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Emmanuel Macron objects to “Dry January”

Emmanuel Macron received a magnum of 1977 de Saint Gall Champagne, a nod to his year of birth.

Wednesday November 13 2019 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

Xi Jinping prefers Languedoc wine

 The two presidents tasting the wines on November 5.

Thursday November 07 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Provence wines invent a bespoke regional exhibition

 On 6 and 7 April, trade players and influencers are invited to Provence for a trade exhibition focusing on an experience-based event.

Tuesday November 05 2019 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

France’s wine industry and trade object to “dry January”

 “This message will bring a feeling of guilt to the 90% plus French people who drink below the limits. But it will not change the behaviour of the minority who have an addiction”, criticised Jean-Marie Fabre.

Monday November 04 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Château Figeac retrieves its brand name, but not its monopoly

 The ruling “should curb untimely purification crusades after centuries of coexistence”, concluded Caroline Lampre, who claimed, “We should not have been taken to court”.

Tuesday October 29 2019 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

France votes tax on flavoured wines

 The French aperitif wine federation is concerned about “prohibition for the category in France”.

Tuesday October 15 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

A communal area for foreign wines at Wine Paris and Vinexpo

The communal hall is a “strong signal sent out to all industry players”, said a press release.

Friday October 11 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Vinexpo Explorer takes a trip to Beaujolais

Dominique Piron has been chairman of InterBeaujolais since July 2016. On arrival, he decided to launch a strategic plan to try to give the region new impetus.

Wednesday October 09 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

InVivo Wine is moving into sparkling wines, thanks to Pernod Ricard

With sales of 5 million bottles, “Café de Paris is currently one of the ten most widely sold sparkling wine brands in the world, bound mainly for Japan, Switzerland and France”, said Frédéric Noyère.

Tuesday October 08 2019 - opinions by Vitisphere

Bordeaux’s new chair thinks entry-level wines are needed

Marc Médeville on his election as chair of the Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur producers’ organisation.

Monday October 07 2019 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

The price of French wines could increase by 30% in the US market

“All French regions will be affected because they all export to the United States,” warned Antoine Leccia (left), on October 3 alongside Burgundy negociant Louis-Fabrice Latour.

Thursday October 03 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Sitevi 2019 backed by positive developments in the equipment market

From left to right: Alain Savary, CEO of Axema, Jean-Pierre Van Ruyskensvelde, CEO of IFV, and Jean-Louis Cazaubon, vice-chairman of the Occitania regional council.

Thursday September 26 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

EthicDrinks, France's first green trading company

Mickael Alborghetti, founder of EthicDrinks: “The wine industry is introducing environmental initiatives left, right and centre, but trading companies are not building on this progress by trading in an environmentally friendly way”.

Tuesday September 24 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Laurent Fresnet becomes cellar master at Mumm

Laurent Fresnet was named best sparkling wine maker in 2015 and 2016 by the International Wine Challenge.

Friday September 20 2019 - Industry issues by Vitisphere

The Loire Valley pens a 10-year development blueprint

Jean-Martin Dutour, chairman of InterLoire: “We will be looking at changes in the indicators because the plan is not cast in stone”.

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