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Association interprofessionnelle des vins et eaux-de-vie du Sud-Ouest
6 mai 2008
Paul Fabre is the new director of the South-west wines and spirits professional trade organization (AIEVSO). The organization is based in Castanet-Tolosan, near Toulouse.

Hardy cognac under the hammer
6 mai 2008
A carafe of Hardy cognac will be put up for auction at the end of the month with a starting price of 32,000 euros (with the proceeds going to a Canadian hospital).

Sales increasing at Martell & Co
5 mai 2008
Sales at Martell & Co have risen by 5% and turnover by 24% in the last nine months.

Pineau des Charente slows
30 avril 2008
Pineau des Charentes has fallen by 3.5% in terms of volume in France whereas foreign markets have progressed by 0.7% Shipments have dropped by 2.5%. The total volume of Pineau des Charentes stands at 109,718 hectoliters.

Cognac : drop in America
30 avril 2008
Shipments of cognac fell by 0.8% in March, whereas outgoings dropped by 2.2%. In the US the drop was 0.9%. Shipments to Asia rose by 8.5%. Between March 2007 and March 2008, China progressed by 36.1% whereas Germany fell by 12.9%. Purchases of cognac from winegrowers leapt by 11% between March 2007 and March 2008.

68 members standing as candidates for SGV
28 avril 2008
The winegrowers’ union (SGV) has just unveiled 68 of its members as candidates to sit in the Association for the defense and management of the cognac appellation (ADG). The elections will be held from 22 May to 5 June.

Printemps des liqueurs on 17 May
28 avril 2008
Grand Marnier, Royer and the Merlet distillery will be participating in the printemps des liqueurs (liqueurs in springtime) on 17 May.

Pineau demand outstrips production
25 avril 2008
The pineau des Charentes producers’ union held its general assembly on 24 Aptil in Saintes. Production in 2007 came to 83,500 hectoliters (-10.5%), less than requirements (118,000 hl).

AOC reform
25 avril 2008
The reform to the AOC takes effect on 1 July. According to the federation of pineau producers, this reform is an opportunity despite new constraints : it makes things more constant and provides pineau producers with new tools.

Eau-de-vie prices
24 avril 2008
Right in the middle of the electoral campaign, the winegrowers and distillers’ union considers that the price of eau-de-vie supplied under contract is too low.

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