Tuesday March 09 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

The effects of music on wine can be tasted at Châteauneuf-du-Pape

 Arthur Mayard comments on “greater intensity in the musical wine, with higher alcohol and more residual sugars, more depth and greater texture”.

Thursday March 04 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

One Cru Classé reinvents Sauternes, with a sparkling wine and a rosé

 Through the new labels, Château d'Arche is offering a “different proposition that can be enjoyed on a more regular basis”, sums up Didier Galhaud.

Friday February 26 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

2019, or the year of the coronavinous

 The wine is designed as a pop-up label: “I hope we won't be talking about it in 3-4 months’ time. It would be worrying if we were still talking about it in ten years' time! Our intention is not to capitalise on it”.

Friday February 19 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

Bordeaux co-operative puts Rhone varieties in its Vins de France

 The new label’s retail price is €6.40 /bottle.

Wednesday February 17 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

Covid causes postponement of Découvertes en Vallée du Rhône until 2022

 The event planned by Inter Rhône in May 2021 for the general public has also been postponed until May 2022.

Monday February 08 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

France’s first wine with cannabis comes from Bordeaux

To placate the critics – and respond to disbelief as some people thought it was an April fool’s joke – the first vintage of the ‘Burdi W’ range was tasted by renowned consultants Alain Raynaud and Michel Rolland.

Wednesday January 27 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

Ridley Scott produces his first wine (and prepares for the next stage)

 Known for his blockbusters, Ridley Scott also made a more small-scale production about the vineyards of Provence – A Good Year, released in 2006 and starring Marion Cotillard and Russell Crowe.

Tuesday January 26 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

Crisis-resistant Sancerre winery poised to welcome new members

 The co-operative currently markets 12,000 hectolitres of wine, but reportedly has the capacity to accommodate 25 to 30,000 hl of wine.

Thursday January 21 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

Grands Crus wine bottles broken by their thieves

 As the script of a comedy film, the scenario would probably have us laughing, but for the victims, it is anything but amusing.

Friday January 15 2021 - Business by Vitisphere

France’s first Vaccs'vin is on its way!

 Christophe Avi, a winegrower in France’s Brulhois area, is releasing a wine at the end of January that promises to have side effects.

Monday December 14 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Loire Wine Show changes dates and combines with fringe events in 2021

 With its new format, “the show’s exhibitor numbers would increase from 600 to 1,200, if Dive joins us”, points out Eric Grelier.

Wednesday November 18 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

French female footballer Gaëtane Thiney creates her own brand of Champagne

  “I have set myself a target of marketing 5,000 bottles to begin with”, says Gaëtane Thiney.

Thursday November 12 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Olivier and Martin Bouygues invest in Cognac

 The Métairie distillery is prioritising supplies of mature brandy and is being equipped with storage facilities so that in the long term it can develop its own brand.

Tuesday November 10 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Vinovalie revolutionises boxed wines, turning them on their heads

 Containing the equivalent of three bottles, the boxes are competitively priced. “The IGP wines in the Grand 8 range will not be sold above €8 and the appellation brands will be under €10”, says Jacques Tranier.

Tuesday November 03 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte gets fined €216,600

This hefty fine comes at a bad time for the co-operative group - the Champagne industry has been particularly badly hit by the Covid-19 crisis.

Friday October 30 2020 - Business by Vitisphere

Rémy Cointreau makes a comeback in Champagne

 One third of the grapes grown by Maison J. de Telmont are currently certified organic. In 2021, the estate will also be HVE certified.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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