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  • May 22, 2017

    Ventoux appellation area seriously affected by frost

    Out of all the southern Rhone Valley appellations, Ventoux was the worst affected by overnight frost on April 20 and 21. “The biggest issue was not so much the temperatures, which dropped to between -1 and -3°C, but the actual time span...

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  • May 20, 2017

    Grape pomace fuels buses

    On April 28, the chairman of the Gironde county council, Jean-Luc Gleyze went to the Raisinor plant in Coutras to describe tests conducted in Gironde in 2017 aimed at finding clean fuel for the area’s buses. Next June, the N°201 bus from Saint-André de Cubzac to Blaye...

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  • May 19, 2017

    Vignerons Ardéchois celebrates 50th anniversary

    In 1967, seven co-operative wineries in southern Ardèche decided to join forces to establish Uvica, the Ardèche co-operative winery union. To mark the anniversary, a day of festivities has been organised on May 20 for the public, staff and wine growers with visits to ...

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  • May 18, 2017

    Vinexpo's Hall 3 gets a make-over

    This year’s Vinexpo, which will take place from June 18 to 21 at the Bordeaux showground, is injecting new life into Hall 3 by introducing two new concepts. The first is WOW, for World of Organic Wines, which will host 150 organic wine growers from around the world...

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  • May 16, 2017

    Champagne celebrates spring

    The Printemps des Champagnes festival, launched in 2009 by wine growers belonging to the Terres de Vins de Champagne association, has become an essential fixture for importers, wine merchants and sommeliers over the years. From Saturday 22 to Wednesday 26 April, ind...

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  • May 14, 2017

    Millésime Languedoc attracts journalists from around the world

    “This is the first year we have had to turn journalists away”, said a delighted Jérôme Villaret, secretary general of the Languedoc wine marketing board CIVL. The event, Millésime en Languedoc, has now become virtually a ritual for French, European and international j...

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  • May 12, 2017

    Biodiversity: Gérard Bertrand markets wines labelled Bee Friendly

    As evidence of its commitment to the Bee Friendly initiative, Languedoc firm Gérard Bertrand has just announced that it is launching the ‘Or & Azur’ (red and rosé Languedoc appellation wines for Horeca channels and Monoprix) and ‘Solar 6’ ranges (red, white and rosé P....

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  • May 10, 2017

    Vintage 2017: Frost hits French wine regions

    After an icy cold week, the French wine regions were assessing the damage of frost which affected large swathes of vineyards. Although the scale has not (yet) reached that of the black ice spell in 1991, this latest frost event is severe and worsened by early bud-burs...

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  • May 8, 2017

    Vintage 2017: Fears of frost in Chablis

    After temperatures plummeted by night to between -4°C and -2°C, “there is already some frost damage on the valley floor. This is insignificant for the forthcoming harvest but the week to come will be hard...

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