7 July 2009
Yves Bénard is to become the first Frenchman to lead the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) for more than 40 years.
7 July 2009
French spirits body Fédération Française des Spiritueux has named Jean-Pierre Lacarrière as its new president.
18 March 2009
French wine body the Conseil des Vins de Saint-Emilion (CVSE) is lobbying the Ministry of Agriculture to appeal to France’s Council of State over a recent court decision confirming the scrapping of the 2006 St Emilion classification.
13 February 2009
It was hardly a huge surprise when the Comité Interprofessionnel des Vins de Champagne reported a decline in Champagne sales for 2008 last week. And the announcement coincides with publication of a new just-drinks/IWSC report on the Champagne market which forecasts more tough times to come. Ben Cooper reports.
14 March 2008
To a backdrop of growing global demand, the national committee of French AOC validating body, the INAO, has unanimously approved a project to enlarge the production zone of Champagne which until now has been restricted by legislation dating back to 1927.
14 March 2008
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7 September 2007
The French wine industry’s AOC classification system has come under fire from the consumer rights association UFC-Que Choisir.
5 June 2007
Champagne has a problem very few wine regions currently face. It does not make enough wine to meet demand. Many believe the only way forward is to expand the vineyard area but, writes Chris Losh, expansion would be a political minefield and not all agree that it is the best course of action in any case.
31 May 2007
A group of 80 French winemakers yesterday (30 May) occupied the Paris headquarters of French regulatory body INAO (Institut national de l'origine et de la qualité) in protest against its reform of wine quality control systems.
9 May 2007
With the latest announcement of the new director of INAO (Institut national de l’origine et de la qualité) as Marion Zalay, all key posts are now filled.
10 April 2007
Faced with growing demand and limited supply, Champagne growers are mulling extending the existing production hectarage by just under 10%.
12 February 2007
Yves Bénard, general director of the wine and champagne division of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, has today (12 February) been appointed to lead the INAO (Institut National de l'Origine et de la qualité).
6 February 2007
A new-style Armagnac will be on offer to consumers in France this year.
31 January 2007
The news that Yves Bénard is the front-runner for the top job at the INAO is good news for reformers in the French wine industry.
29 January 2007
The general director of the wine and Champagne division of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton looks to be the front runner to take charge of the Institut National de l'Origine et de la qualité.
18 January 2007
Bordeaux winemakers have unanimously rejected French government proposals to split the existing AOC category in two.
2 January 2007
French appellations body, the Institut National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO), has raised the limit on Champagne production yields.
14 December 2006
The French regulatory body for AOC wines, the INAO (Institut National des Appellations d’Origine), is being reorganised to focus on quality control.
6 December 2006
Bordeaux wine professionals fear that proposed EU reforms of the wine industry could be hijacked by a French government keen on micro-managing wine production. “The government is showing reluctance towards the reforms, whereas we are in full favour,” said Allan Sichel, president of the Bordeaux négociants federation.
22 November 2006
The French wine appellations body, the INAO, has approved the transformation of the Languedoc AOC with its production area enlarged to include all of the AOC appellations in Languedoc Roussillon.
13 November 2006
The use of wood chips in French AOC winemaking has been banned despite recent support for their use by the French government.
13 September 2006
The French wine appellations body, the INAO, has approved four new appellations.
7 September 2006
The French wine regulator, INAO, has today (7 September) announced the new classifications for Saint Emilion wines.