The woman has won a lengthy legal battle for recognition that she developed debilitating illnesses after tending to vine spraid with pesticide.
Emmanuel Giboulot is backed by enviromentalists but other winemakers say not tackling harmful vine pest is like 'refusing vaccination'.
Production forecasts lowered after rot due to wet weather causes grape losses, adding to damage from poor flowering and summer hailstorms.
Furious wine makers launch campaign against tax hike and tighter advertising rules they claim would be 'very bad for the image of France'.
Experts forceast low yield from many French vineyards after a combination of a cold, wet spring and severe hailstorms during the summer.
Bordeaux and Burgundy producers face financial disaster after storms devastated thousands of hectares of vine uninsured because of high costs.
Paris worried by Beijing threat of retaliatory levies on wine imported from Europe after Brussels raised tariffs on Chinese solar panels.
Shaped vessels known to have been imported from the Etruscan people of Italy around 500 BC have shown chemical evidence of wine.
President Francois Hollande is accused of selling off France's heritage with an auction of hundreds of bottles of fine wine from the Elysee Palace.
Élysée says it will auction off 1,200 bottles of its finest wines, renew its cellar with “more modest” vintages and return surplus to the state budget.
The wine estate near Bordeaux will not release a 2012 vintage of its famous sweet Sauternes wine after heavy rains spoiled quality of harvest.
A politician in southern France is urging the nation’s restaurants to stop serving California wines in response to the U.S. state’s ban on foie gras.
Annual French wine consumption has fallen by 75% in two generations, now equalling the equivalent of one bottle per adult per week.