Wines, Spirits, Beverages

Producing the best wine is not enough to survive on the global market

Fran Lambert - 08-oct.-2015 11:57:00

“In 2015, the global wine and spirits market is still thriving and France remains one of the best wine producers and exporters in the world”, says Christophe Commeau, head of the wines and spirits department at Business France, interviewed this week by Business France Radio.   France at the heart of global competition France is facing more and more competitors such as Italy and Spain, but also Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Even if “in the future, consumers will drink less but much better, ”  it is a worldwide competition “to survive on the global market; producing the best wine is not enough, ”  asserts Commeau. The best wine at the best price This is why over the past few years, French companies, producers, makers and traders, have started to improve the quality of their products, and now export the best wine at the best price. The three main strengths of France To face this competition, France relies on its many strengths, ranging from its variety to its quality and price. Boasting regions such as Burgundy, Bordeaux, Loire Valley, South of France, Alsace and Champagne, sparkling and sweet wines, France has “a great many wines at a great many prices for such a small country.” Development of the organic wine market French companies have also been developing one new aspect of the wine market. “800 hundred French wine makers are now doing organic wine”, states Commeau. This is a new and necessary trend, as so many countries now want to import this type of wine. New wines for Asia and champagne for the UK A strategy linked with the ability of France to find new opportunities and develop wines for new markets like Asia; China in particular. “We have to prospect and organise wine tastings in Asia, but not only in Asia," says Commeau.  “ The USA remains a big consumer and our closest neighbours are our biggest clients, especially the UK, the main market for France thanks to its demand for champagne. French wine in this market is becoming more and more sophisticated.” The role played by France in the wines and spirit global market has evolved even further. Every year, France organises wine tours at the biggest trade fairs, master classes and training for cellarmen and sommeliers to learn how to correctly pair French wines with local food. According to Commeau, “exporting and promoting wine abroad is good but we also need to train professionals in the sector.” More information on French wine companies can be found here .


Spring Issue 2015

Lysanne - 22-avr.-2015 19:00:19

Spring Tasting 7th May 2015 from 10am to 5pm Haymarket House SW1Y 4SP     A unique chance to taste these wines in our offices. The producers will not be present but would like your feedback, they are all hoping for UK representation.   Hope to see you there.      


Sudvinbio raises a glass to successful 2014 organic-wine event

Aurore Bernard - 18-mars-2014 12:11:25

Sudvinbio, the organizer of the Millésime Bio 2014 trade show, has described this year’s event as an outstanding success, with over 4,200 visitors. Millésime Bio 2014 was held from 27 to 29 January 2014, in Montpellier (France). Thanks to an array of conferences and wine-tasting events, it represents a unique professional forum for the organic-wine market and the trade. Sudvinbio, the organizer of Millésime Bio, one of the foremost international events in organic winegrowing, has described this year’s event as an outstanding success, thanks to the record number of visitors. Indeed, visitor numbers increased year on year (from 4,160 in 2013 to over 4,240 in 2014), with 20% of visitors coming from outside France. Visitors to the trade show represented a total of 20 nationalities. The majority of visitors came from the Benelux countries (19.60%), followed by Scandinavia (15.60%), Germany (14%), North America (11%) and, finally, Asia (6.80%). Exhibitor numbers also rose – from 689 in 2013 to 787 in 2014 – with France, Italy and Spain the most represented countries. However, attendance from a number of other nations was also strong, with winegrowers based in countries such as Germany, Portugal and, for the first time, Slovenia, exhibiting at the trade fair. Millésime Bio was held at the Exhibition Centre, in the city of Montpellier (Southern France), from 27 to 29 January of this year. Millésime Bio is a unique concept that brings together organic wines from a variety of French regions and from many countries outside France. The trade show provides an important platform for dialogue and exploration through conferences, and the increase in visitor/exhibitor numbers at this year’s event is confirmation that Millésime Bio has become established as the trade event of reference for the organic-wine sector. The organic-wine market is steadily increasing in overall importance, with a 6% rise in the size of the land area given over to organic-wine production in France between 2011 and 2012. Over a four-year period, the surface area devoted to organic winegrowing in France has almost tripled. The three leading French regions are Languedoc-Roussillon (51,385 acres, up 4% in one year), Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (36,781 acres, up 8%), and Aquitaine (24,097 acres, up 3%). Worldwide, France is in second place — behind Spain and ahead of Italy — in terms of the size of its organic-winegrowing sector. According to a consumer survey carried out in France in 2013 by French market-research company IPSOS, one in three people polled indicated regularly or occasionally drinking organic wine. The industry turnover in 2012 stood at €413 million overall (up 15%, year on year). Export sales — to countries such as Germany, Japan and the USA, among others — have risen and, at €58 million in value, now represent 19% of the turnover of the organic-food-and-drink sector. The prime distribution channel for organic wine is direct sales (36%), followed by retail outlets specializing in organic products (27%), mass-retail food stores (19%) and, finally, small shops (17%). About Sudvinbio Sudvinbio was formed in 1991 by organic winegrowers in order to collectively promote their wines. Formerly called the Inter-professional Association for Organic Wine from Languedoc-Roussillon (AIVB-LR), it was renamed Sudvinbio in 2012. Today, Sudvinbio is held in high regard by industry professionals and by institutional players as an active and dynamic association which, through its actions, has widely contributed to enhancing the profile of organic wines from Languedoc-Roussillon, and that of the organic-wine sector in general. The next Millésime Bio trade show will be held from 26 to 28 January 2015 at the Exhibition Centre, in Montpellier (Southern France). For further information about the trade show, please go to: www.millesime-bio.com For further information about the association, please go to: www.sudvinbio.com For further information, please contact : Quote ref. : FTPB3918 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/


Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux to unveil 2013 vintage in London on 19 March

Aurore Bernard - 07-mars-2014 12:45:06

The Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux, the association of winegrowers for Bordeaux wines, will be unveiling the 2013 vintage at a wine-tasting event to be held in London (UK) on 19 March 2014. A total of 46 estates will be represented. Members of the trade and media are welcome to this unique and exciting event, and should contact the Press Office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London if they wish to attend.      Showcased by the Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux, the association of winegrowers for Bordeaux wines, an exciting selection of wines from the right and left banks of the River Gironde (South-Western France) will be presented to members of the trade and the media on 19 March 2014 at the Meridien Hotel, in the heart of London. This will give professionals, journalists and wine writers a unique opportunity to taste the 2013 vintage. The event will take place from 4.00pm to 9.00pm. The event is organised by the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE on 19 March, on behalf of Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux; it follows four previous wine tastings organised by Cercle Rive Droite (representing wine estates on the right bank of the River Gironde), which has now merged with Cercle Rive Gauche (for the left bank) in order to constitute Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux. The wine tasting on 19 March will thus represent a unique opportunity for members of the trade and media to discover, in the heart of London’s West End, the 2013 vintage from right across the Bordeaux region in its entirety. The Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux came into existence thanks to the aim of Alain Raynaud, its president and founder, which was to bring together, in one entity, the wines of the right and left banks of the River Gironde. The Cercle Rive Droite, established in July 2002, has represented, for the past 10 years, a selection of 137 wines. As for the Cercle Rive Gauche, it was founded in April 2013. A parallel association to the Cercle Rive Droite, it groups together 51 wine estates carefully selected for the quality of their wine.     A total of 46 wine estates from across the Bordeaux region will be represented at the wine-tast ing event. Please see the list below, organised as per the appellations; further details about any of the domains listed can be provided on request.      Bordeaux Supérieur: Grand Vin de Reignac and Balthus    Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux: Château Côte Montpezat Cuvée Compostelle    Fronsac: Château La Vieille Cure, Château Moulin Haut Laroque, Château Dalem and Haut Carles    Haut-Médoc: Château Liversan and The WineMakers’ Collection    Lalande de Pomerol: La Fleur de Boüard, Château Siaurac and Château Saint-Jean de Lavaud    Listrac: Château Cap Léon Veyrin    Lussac Saint-Emilion: Château de Lussac    Margaux: Château d’Arsac    Médoc: Château Ramafort, Château Patache D’Aux, Château La Cardonne, Château Rollan de By, Château Greysac, Château Tour Séran and Château Haut Condissas    Montagne Saint-Emilion: Château Faizeau    Pessac Léognan: Château Haut Lagrange, Château Haut Bacalan and Château Le Sartre    Pomerol: Château Montviel, Château Mazeyres, Château Vray Croix de Gay and Château Vieux Maillet    Sainte-Foy Bordeaux: Château Hostens-Picant and Lucullus    Saint-Emilion Grand Cru: Château Godeau, Château Boutisse, Château du Parc, Château Croix Cardinale and Château Magrez Fombrauge    Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé: Château Yon-Figeac, Château Fleur Cardinale, Château Fombrauge, Château La Marzelle, Château de Pressac, Château Fonroque and Château Le Prieuré    Sauternes: Château Raymond-Lafon and Château Haut Bergeron   Journalists wishing to attend should contact Ms Kate Riley, Press Officer of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London (details below).   About Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux currently represents a total of 188 properties across 31 appellations. Mr Alain Raynaud, President, is also president of Cercle Rive Droite, while Cercle Rive Gauche has its own president, Mr Francis Boutemy. A seven-member Board of Directors is assisted by various commissions and a permanent staff of three.   For the right bank, the estates are situated in the following appellations: Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur, Entre-Deux-Mers, Sainte-Foy Bordeaux, Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux, Blaye, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux, Côtes de Bourg, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, Francs Côtes de Bordeaux, Pomerol, Lalande de Pomerol, Fronsac, Canon Fronsac, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Montagne Saint-Emilion, Lussac Saint-Emilion and Puisseguin Saint-Emilion. For the left bank, the estates are situated in the following appellations: Médoc, Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Listrac, Moulis, Margaux, Haut-Médoc, Graves, Pessac-Léognan, Sauternes, and Barsac.   A unique selection of wines from 46 châteaux, from the right and left banks of the River Gironde, will be presented to members of the trade and the media on 19 March 2014 at the Meridien Hotel, in central London (UK), between 4.00pm and 9.00pm.   The event is organised by the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK on behalf of Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux. Members of the trade and media who wish to attend should contact Ms Kate Riley, Press Officer of the French Trade Commission.   For further information about Grand Cercle, please go to: http://grandcercleblog.wordpress.com/   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3920 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/  


Millésime Bio increases floor space for organic wine in 2014

Coline BORDET - 04-nov.-2013 15:36:34

The Millésime Bio trade show will be held from 27 to 29 January 2014 at the Exhibition Centre, in Montpellier (France). Sudvinbio, the organizer of the trade show, has increased capacity with the addition of an extra hall, in order to welcome over 4,000 industry professionals and 800 exhibitors. Millésime Bio focuses on wine-tasting and the trade; thanks to an array of conferences, it constitutes a unique professional forum for the organic-wine market.   Millésime Bio, one of the foremost international events in organic winegrowing, is a unique concept that brings together organic wines from a variety of French regions and from many countries outside France. The trade show provides a platform for dialogue and exploration through conferences, and thanks to its open wine-tasting areas. The opening of a third exhibition hall for the 2014 event, to be held in Montpellier in late January of next year, will allow for more exhibitors and will create optimum conditions for wine-tasting.   The 2013 event welcomed 689 exhibitors from 11 countries, which equated to a 5% rise in the number of producers and traders, as compared to 2012. France, Italy and Spain were the most represented countries, but there was also increased attendance from winegrowers based in countries such as Austria, Germany and Portugal.   Visitor numbers also went up — from 3,360 in 2012 to 4,160 in 2013 — with 24% of visitors coming from outside France. The majority of visitors were importers (19.80%), followed by wine merchants (18%) and wine traders (8.65%), with professionals working in the hospitality industry (6.50%) coming fourth. The organic-wine market is steadily increasing in size and importance, with a 6% rise in the land area given over to organic-wine production in France between 2011 and 2012. Over a four-year period, the surface area devoted to organic winegrowing in France has almost tripled. The three leading French regions are Languedoc-Roussillon (51 acres, up 4% in one year), Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (36 acres, up 8%) and Aquitaine (24 acres, up 3%). Worldwide, France is in second place — behind Spain and ahead of Italy — in terms of the size of its organic-winegrowing sector.   According to a consumer survey carried out in France by market-research specialist company IPSOS in 2013, one in three people polled indicated regularly or occasionally drinking organic wine. The industry turnover in 2012 stood at €413 million overall (up 15% in one year). Export sales — to countries such as Germany, Japan and the USA, among others — have risen and, at €58 million, now represent 19% of the turnover of the organic-food-and-drink sector.   The prime distribution channel for organic wine is direct sales (36%), followed by retail outlets specializing in organic products (27%), mass-retail food stores (19%) and, finally, small shops (17%).   About Sudvinbio   Sudvinbio was formed in 1991 by organic winegrowers in order to collectively promote their wines. Formerly called Interprofessional Association of Organic Wines from Languedoc-Roussillon (AIVB-LR), it was renamed Sudvinbio in 2012.   Today, Sudvinbio is held in high regard by industry professionals and by the authorities as an active and dynamic association which, through its actions, has widely contributed to enhancing the profile of organic wines from Languedoc-Roussillon, and that of the organic-wine sector in general.   Millésime Bio, the trade show of reference for the organic-wine sector, will be held from 27 to 29 January 2014 at the Exhibition Centre, in Montpellier (Southern France).   For further information about the trade show, please go to: www.millesime-bio.com   For further information about the association, please go to: www.sudvinbio.com   For further information, please contact : Quote ref. : FTPB 3882 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/  


French Wines Autumn Portfolio 2013

Lysanne DESROCHES - 19-sept.-2013 15:58:01

After the success of our Spring Issue and our last tasting, we are pleased to present 25 French exporters hoping to succeed in the UK. Please do come along to the tasting at our offices to sample the featured the wines on Thursday 17th October 2013. We look forward to seeing you there.


Millésime Bio 2013 highlights its strength in organic-wine market

Joanna Routaboul - 12-mars-2013 17:59:29

Millésime Bio 2013, the organic-wine trade show that took place from 28 to 30 January 2013 in Montpellier (Southern France), was a great success. As the largest event of its kind, the trade fair welcomed 4,160 visitors — a figure that was up by 24% year on year.   The 20th Millésime Bio trade show, which is the principal B2B event for the organic-winegrowing industry, was a success. Organised by the Inter-professional Association of Languedoc-Roussillon Organic Wine, the event was held in Montpellier (Southern France) from 28 to 30 January 2013 and attracted 4,160 visitors, against 3,360 the previous year. This is a rise in visitor numbers of 24%, demonstrating the continuing growth of the specialist trade event.   The success of the trade fair further confirms its position as an international forum for the organic-winegrowing sector. Millésime Bio’s uniqueness, both in France and globally, lies in the fact that it only brings together exhibitors who hold the Agriculture Biologique (AB) certification for organic wine.   The Millésime Bio concept is unique in that the floor space, at the trade fair, is divided into identical turnkey booths: therefore, wine alone — its quality and its character — is what differentiates one stand from the next. The trade show also features conferences and self-service wine-tasting areas.   At the trade fair in January 2013, visitors from outside France accounted for 24% of the total. Of all the visitors, 19.80% were importers, followed by 18% who were wine retailers, 8.65% wine wholesalers, and 6.50% members of the hotel and catering trade.   Visitors mainly came from the USA and Canada (13.70%), Scandinavia (10.70%), the Benelux (10.60%), and Asia (10.60%), which included Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, mainland China, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Exhibitors from the UK and Ireland represented 7.40% of the total.   There was also a noteworthy diversity of nationalities among the exhibitors: 11 countries were represented, with France, Italy and Spain constituting the top three in terms of the number of players. Vineyards from Austria, Germany (13.30% of exhibitors) and Portugal raised their profile, with an increase in the number of estates represented at Millésime Bio 2013. Estates’ representatives and trade professionals from Chile, Egypt, South Africa and the USA also returned to the trade show, proving their loyalty for the third year in a row.   Overall, there was a significant rise in the number of countries and importers represented at Millésime Bio 2013, as compared to 2012. This increase reveals the impact that the International Business Forum had on attendance at the trade fair. The Forum, which was created by Sud de France Développement, the development agency for Languedoc-Roussillon products and tourism, enables the organisation of B2B meetings between wine producers and importers.   Millésime Bio 2013 provided the opportunity for professionals from the entire organic-wine sector, including from all producing countries and regions, to meet in one venue.   About Millésime Bio Millésime Bio was created in 1993 by Sudvinbio, the Trade Association of Languedoc-Roussillon organic-wine producers, based in Southern France.   For further information about the International Business Forum, please go to: http://fia-lr.com/en/   For further information about Millésime Bio, please go to: http://www.millesime-bio.com/en   For further information, please contact :    Quote ref. : FTPB3827 Ms Katherine WOODS - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 katherine.woods@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/


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