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.

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”.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Tuesday September 17 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Tutiac launches own brand

Eric Hénaux, managing director, Céline Martineau, vice-chair, and Stéphane Héraud, chairman of the Vignerons de Tutiac winery

Friday September 13 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Vinadeis plans to close its Narbonne plant in 2020

The group has announced its intention of closing its Narbonne facilities next year.

Thursday September 12 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Vignobles de Vendéole gets off the ground

Chairman Dominique Farail and Olivier Ambry, director of Vignobles de Vendéole.

Monday July 29 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Gérard Bertrand likens his new Languedoc rosé to a temple

According to Gérard Bertrand, Clos du Temple carries a message: “Earth, time, transcendence”.

Monday July 22 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Wine Paris updates information on its occupancy rate

In terms of visitors, Wine Paris aims to attract some 30,000 visitors, 35% from outside France.

Thursday July 18 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Boisset looks to buy Alex Gambal's estate and business

Alex Gambal’s estates have been managed since 2014 by Alexandre Brault, who was previously the technical advisor.

Wednesday July 17 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

A tree planted for every bottle of François Dubois Champagne sold

The Féverolles et Coëmy-based company in Marne has 50 hectares of land which can already accommodate 1,500 to 2,500 trees per hectare, depending on the species - poplar or oak - chosen by consumers.

Monday July 15 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Changyu invests in Bordeaux and partners with Advini

The joint venture between Changyu and Advini, with respective stakes of 55% and 45%, went unnoticed in France but was revealed last spring by the Chinese group, which claims to have invested €5.77 million in the venture.

Wednesday July 03 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Mailly Grand Cru shows off its green credentials in 3D

In the video, several maps are shown and reveal vineyard aspects, the nature of the soil and subsoil, environmental certification, grape varieties, the names of localities, etc

Tuesday July 02 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Idealwine launches WineDex, a secure app for authenticating wines

To create the authentication tool, Idealwine partnered with Synvance which built the blockchain using the Ethereum platform.

Wednesday June 26 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Sharp drop in Chinese investments in Bordeaux

 “Chinese acquisitions have been significant, but have always remained in a minority compared to domestic investors”, said Charles Traonouëz.

Thursday June 20 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

EPC Champagne targets Millenials with a tumbler

The new tumbler is practical and stackable.

Tuesday June 18 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

iDealwine flexes its muscle in the high-end range

Cyrille Jomand, chairman and chief executive officer of iDealwine: “We opened a bar, the 228 L, to welcome our customers”.

Friday May 31 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Paul Mas makes up for lost time

 Jean-Claude Mas presented the label for his newly released Gris Mas on his stand at Vinexpo

Thursday May 30 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Gratien and Meyer ventures into alcohol-free sparkling wine

 At less than 0.2° ABV, Infini Bulle is produced by a triple vacuum distillation (to lower the boiling temperature and preserve the aromas). Festillant is produced in Germany by Henkell using the same technique.

Wednesday May 29 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

A website for wines served on board Air France aircraft

The lacave.airfrance website allows passengers to order on the ground, but also in flight, the wines, Champagnes and spirits they discover on board through the Air France Connect connectivity range.

Friday May 24 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Producta puts wine in cans

“Cans allow wine to be introduced at events where it would normally be banned, such as festivals”, explained Thierry Berger on Producta's stand at Vinexpo on May 13.

Thursday May 23 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Nicolas Feuillatte heads for premiumisation

Véronique Blin, chair of Nicolas Feuillatte: “Value deteriorated slightly in 2018, due to major investments aimed at building premiumisation and conquering new export markets”.

Tuesday May 21 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Castel launches an estate Crémant

An unusual property complete with ranch and stud farm, Cru la Maqueline was bought in 2006 by Philippe Castel, the man behind this sparkling label.

Tuesday May 14 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Gérard Bertrand bottles his new brand in a ceramic bottle

The undeniably bold Art de Vivre bottles are made by a German company from ceramics.

Tuesday April 23 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

En primeur campaign launches with increased prices

'We are not, yet, a household name. We launched first to secure publicity for ourselves”, commented Jean-Christophe Meyrou.

Wednesday April 10 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

A brand new 21,300 hl vat room for Palmer & Co

After two years of work, the new Palmer & Co Champagne cellar is finally finished.

Friday March 29 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Alliance Bourg puts two wineries up for sale

In 2017, Alliance Bourg changed its strapline from ‘Le Choeur des Bordeaux’  to ‘Ateliers des vins de Bordeaux’.

Thursday March 28 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

Raphaël Michel defence lawyers question the impartiality of customs

Guillaume Ryckwaert, former CEO of Raphaël Michel. His lawyers question the role played by customs in the fraud proceedings.

Tuesday March 26 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

More and more buyers are looking for lower alcohol wines

‘Voici mon secret’ and its super/hypermarket version ‘Du neuf en Gascogne’

Monday March 25 2019 - Business by Vitisphere

ProWein once again ends on a successful note

The 2019 ProWein was another successful event, attracting around 61,500 visitors, up 1.6%

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