France is no longer the world’s largest wine producer

Elisabeth Fosso - 04-déc.-2015 12:40:22
While the French harvest outnumbered the 2014 production by 1%, it is not enough to maintain France as the world’s largest wine producer. According to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), Italy is now the leading wine producer with a sharp 10% increase of its production to 48,8M hl whereas France produced 47,3M hl this year. Spain ranks third as its production fell by 4% to 36,6M hl. These three countries account for 48% of the world’s production and underline the European domination. Still, France remains the largest producer for rosé with a third of the global production (7,6M hl) followed by Spain (5,5M hl) and the United States (3,5M hl). Italy comes in fourth place with 2,5M hl. In order to promote French wines in Ireland, Business France organises a trade event gathering 21 wine producers from all French wine regions. Taking place on Tuesday 19 th January at the Aviva Stadium, this professional event aims at gathering wine importers and journalists and giving them the opportunity to discover some of the renowned wines of France.         Source :, ©  

To survive on the global market, producing the best wine is not enough

Isabelle Toulouze - 09-juin-2015 17:53:01
  “In 2015, the global wine and spirits market is still good and France remains one of the best wine producers and exporters in the world”, according to Christophe Commeau, head of the wines and spirits department at Business France, interviewed this week by Business France Radio.    France at the heart of a global competition   France has more and more competitors like Italia and Spain but also Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. It’s a worldwide competition; “to survive on the global market, producing the best wine is not enough”, asserts Christophe Commeau, even if “in the future, consumers will drink less but much better”.    The best wine at the best price   That’s why over the past few years, French companies, producers, makers and traders, have started to increase the quality of their products and now export the best wine at the best price.    France three main strengths   To face this competition, France can rely on many strengths from its variety to its quality and its price. With Burgundy, Bordeaux, Loire Valley, South of France, Alsace, Champagne, sparkling or sweet wines, France has “so many wines for a small country at (so) many prices”.    Development of the organic wine market   Also, French companies have been developing one main novelty, underlined by Christophe Commeau: “800 hundred French wine makers are now doing organic wine”. A necessary new 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 France ability to find new opportunities and create wines for new markets like Asia, and especially China. “We have to prospect and organize wine tastings in Asia but not only”. USA remains a big consumer and our closest neighbors are our biggest clients; especially the UK, France first market, thanks to the Champagne demand. “French wine on this market is more and more sophisticated”.   France role on the wines and spirit global market goes beyond. Every year, France organizes wine tours in the biggest trade fairs, master classes and training for cellarmen and sommeliers to learn how to pair correctly French wines with local food. “Exporting and promoting wine abroad is good but we need to train as well the professionals of the sector.”    More information about French companies here  

Figure of the week

REESE Sophie - 08-oct.-2014 11:58:48
As if European wine producers hadn’t enough worries, along comes news that French consumers are drinking 7% less wine than they did in 2012. Even more suggestive for long term trends is that among the over 65s almost 50% are frequent drinkers, compared with 10% of under 35s. This bucks the global trend, as in the USA and other less traditional markets, consumers are drinking more wine.

French Wine Trade Show 2013 - The brochure is now available !

Pierre Olivier - 15-janv.-2013 15:30:54
The Agribusiness department of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE is pleased to welcome 18 French wine producers looking for importers and/or distributors in Ireland. The event will be held at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday January 22 nd , from 1pm to 7pm . Call in to discover some of the marvelous wines from all over France that will be shown that day. The exhibitors of this fair are : GEORGES BURRIER – BURGUNDY DOMAINES BONFILS – LANGUEDOC, BORDEAUX EJDIS INTERNATIONAL – ALSACE, LOIRE, BORDEAUX, RHÔNE, SOUTH WEST DOMAINE DE LA PROVENQUIÈRE – LANGUEDOC MAISON RIVIÈRE – BORDEAUX DOMAINE DU TARIQUET – SOUTH WEST PASCAL BOUCHARD – BURGUNDY CAVES DE POUILLY-SUR-LOIRE - LOIRE CHEVAL QUANCARD – BORDEAUX HENRI DE VILLAMONT – BURGUNDY THUNEVIN – BORDEAUX RÉTHORÉ DAVY – LOIRE DOMAINE GRIS DES BAURIES – RHÔNE ROLLAND COLLECTION – BORDEAUX DOMAINE DES TILLEULS – LOIRE GENUINE WINES - MINERVOIS, PROVENCE, JURA, ALSACE CHÂTEAU DE L’ESCARELLE – PROVENCE VIGNOBLES FONCALIEU – LANGUEDOC, PROVENCE, RHÔNE The brochure of the event is now available. Please download it from the link below.

Opening of the first French Farm Drive-In

Charles Cornillère - 17-oct.-2012 12:03:04
Farmers and wine producers are always trying to develop new distribution networks, and some farmers from the Bordeaux region, in the South West of France, may have found an original one. Indeed, on October 19 th , around 20 wine and food producers will open their own farm drive-in. The concept is quite simple: the producers gather their products in a warehouse, the consumers buy online what they want among those products and they drive to the warehouse to pick up their order. Those 20 producers follow the steps of the major retailers in France, who are developing this type of distribution, which is much more profitable than a classical store.  Thanks to this drive-in system, the consumers get quality products at a cheap price (thanks to less intermediary margins) and the producers can sell their products directly. Consequently, they are less dependent on the retailers and can sell with higher margins. But this is not all about economics. For those producers, the ethic of such short-distance distribution is crucial. They want to make sure that their local community can benefit from their products, and they are willing to become more eco-friendly by selling locally, which allows a dramatic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.  This concept has been made possible thanks to the support of the regional Agriculture Chamber and the help of the local administrations. For the moment, there is only one warehouse, but if it works, the producers are planning on opening several others in the region.

French Wine and Spirits Trade Meeting - 18th February 2010

Pierre Olivier - 04-août-2010 18:59:49
France is the leading wine producer in the world with 45,7 million hectoliters produced in 2009. French wines are associated with tradition and quality and, with almost 500 AOCs (Appellations d’Origine Controlée) they are also synonymous with diversity. Today, Irish customers are more and more receptive to wines and wine knowledge and really appreciate French wines. As a matter of fact, France is the second wine supplier in Ireland.   On the 18th February 2010, the French Trade Commission - Ubifrance in Ireland had the great pleasure to organise a French Wine & Spirits Trade Meeting at Ely Brasserie CHQ, Dublin. On this occasion, 19 producers from all over France travelled to Ireland in order to present their finest products to the Irish trade. The trade meeting began with a market presentation to the French producers and was followed by B2B meetings which gathered nearly 50 Irish companies. The Irish importers were very satisfied with the quality of the products presented that day. The event was a success as some of the wines exhibited are now available on the Irish market.  The French Trade Commission - Ubifrance in Ireland has the great honor to announce that the French Wine Trade Meeting will hold its fourth edition in 2011. Here is the list of the French exhibitors: • ABK6 Cognac • Ackerman • Blaceret Roy • Cave Orschwiller • Champagne A. Robert • Château Castera • Château Vignol • EJDIS International • Domaine de Flines • Foncalieu vignobles • Château de la Font du Loup • Loire Links • Mangot • Plaimont • Rethore Davy • Tutiac • Veuve Ambal • Château de Villars Fontaine • Vin Attitude
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