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Martell and its winegrowers
3 novembre 2006
Martell has announced a 2.75% rise in the price it pays for eaux-de-vie and a 40% increase in the quantity acquired from the SICA-UVPC cooperative. The third largest cognac house is calling on its winegrowers to make efforts regarding quality.

Land affectation on 1 August 2008
2 novembre 2006
During the visit by the EU Agriculture commissioner to Cognac on Tuesday, Dominique Bussereau declared that he would “keep to the schedule for the implementation of land affectation which will take effect on 1 August 2008”. He also announced that 2.5 million euros would be made available to provide help in training and information.

Vineyard restructuring and reconversion
31 octobre 2006
The European Commission has allocated 450 million euros for the restructuring and reconversion of 56,498 hectares of vines in the European Union in 2006-2007. In France, 110,9 million euros will be allocated for 12,734 hectares.

Collection of sodium arsenite
31 octobre 2006
A collection of sodium arsenite is to be organized on 7 and 9 November in the cognac designated region.

The Etapes du cognac at Roullet-Saint-Estèphe
30 octobre 2006
The Etapes du cognac tourist trail will now include the commune of Roullet-Saint-Estèphe (Charente)

Courvoisier on the scent
30 octobre 2006
The Courvoisier company is to launch a perfume for men : Impériale Courvoisier.

Appointments
30 octobre 2006
M. Tissière has been appointed as director of the winegrowers’ union. A. Gorce is the legal coordinator.

Charentes-Cognac production area
25 octobre 2006
On 25 October the cognac, pineau, wines and musts sectors will come together to form the Charentes-Cognac viticultural production area which will join the French national viticultural committee.

Vins de pays de l’Atlantique
25 octobre 2006
The decree of 18 October concerning the conditions for producing vins de pays de l’Atlantique was published in the Official Gazette on 20 October. Five counties are concerned : Gironde, Charente, Charente-Maritime, Dordogne and part of the Lot-et-Garonne.

No shortage of cognac in North Korea
25 octobre 2006
Even though sanctions have been put in place against North Korea bu the UN following its nuclear test at the start of October, the embargo should not affect luxury goods. There is massive contraband in cognac and fine wines from China. Each diplomat returning to North Korea is expected to bring back bottles of cognac, indicated one expert.

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