Alain Vironneau was yesterday (10 July) elected as president of the Bordeaux Wine Trade Council (CIVB).

In accordance with the council's tradition of alternation, Vironneau, a winegrower, follows on from Christian Delpeuch, who was a wine merchant.

Vironneau took over the management of Châteaux Majureau-Sercillan and Tarreyrots, in the Bordeaux & Bordeaux Supérieur appellation, in 1984. In 2002, Alain Vironneau became president of the Trade Association for Bordeaux & Bordeaux Supérieur, the leading wine syndicate in France. He now has an active role with  viticultural authorities on a national level.

He is a member of the Regional Committee of the INAO (the French National Institute for AOCs) and a member of VINIFLHOR (French Trade Office for fruit, vegetables, wines and horticulture), where he represents the Bordeaux-Aquitaine production region on the executive committee for the wine sector (he was appointed on 21 June).

In May, Delpeuch stepped down, citing the failure of the French government, as well as the region's growers and sellers, to properly address the wine crisis in Bordeaux. "I refuse to countenance this continual putting off of decisions which can only end in failure," he said at the time. "Enough is enough."