Keyword: wine

French winemakers threaten Tour de France over Chilean wine sponsor

Winemakers from Languedoc-Roussillon in south-west France want Bicicleta brand of Chilean wine removed as backer of three-week event.

France welcomes Iran's president — and his cheque book

Deal marking French automaker Peugeot's return to Iran anounced, as Iranian president's visit overcomes lunchtime wine menu disagreement.

Will France's new wine regions threaten Champagne tradition?

Many Champagne producers are opponents of EU rule which should open up new French wine regions for first time in nearly a century.

Wine row cancels official dinner during Iranian president's visit to Paris

Elysée Palace refuses Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s demand that no alcohol be present during dinner, and suggests breakfast instead.

French wines squeezed off top spot

Lack of rain and a heatwave led to just 1% increase in French production in 2015, meaning Italy regained top spot for amount of wine made.

Unesco world heritage appellations boost France's wine tourism drive

The new status for Champagne and Burgundy regions spurs wine tours which are seen as major draw in France's bid to increase tourist numbers.

France in denial over alcohol abuse, says health minister

Marisol Touraine says that wine and alcohol lobby in France is powerful and has 'got it into people’s heads that wine is good for the health'.

Celebrated French organic wine producer risks jail over pesticide order

Thibault Liger-Belair is defying orders to spray a pesticide on his Burgundy vines after an outbreak of flavescence dorée 40 kilometres away.

China overtakes France in size of wine-growing areas

Figures show China now has 799,000 hectares -1.97 million acres - of land devoted to wine growing, ahead of France but still behind Spain.

Bordeaux recovery boosts French wine yield

Thanks to a dry and warm September France’s wine production could reach 46.5 million hectolitres in 2014, a rise of 10% on last year.

Survey finds most French admit knowing little about wine

Only 3% of those polled said they were well-versed in wine culture, while 71% said they were not and 43% said they knew nothing at all.

French winegrowers fear for harvest after hail batters prized vineyards

Up to 80% of harvest could be lost in parts of Burgundy after storms brought fierce winds and golf ball-sized hail that shredded vines.

French minister whines at new web domains

Minister says that allowing new domain names such as .vin and .wine could undermine the EU-US transatlantic trade deal negotiations.

French wine producers fear introduction of stricter health warning labels

Wine trade anticipates a crackdown on alcohol consumption in France among measures in a public health bill to be unveiled next week.

US becomes world's top wine market as France's consumption drops

American consumers bought 29.1 million hectolitres of wine in 2013, while French consumption fell nearly 7 percent to 28.1 million hectolitres.