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N°189 / February 2015

Sustainable Development for Bourgogne wines ©BIVB/M. JOLY

30 March to 3 April - Sustainable development in the Bourgogne winegrowing region

Sustainable development is an issue close to the hearts of those involved in the Bourgogne winegrowing industry, which will be hosting its own Sustainable Development Week before the “official” European event, in order to maximize local participation at the event.

The week will feature four key events:
      - Three sustainable development self-evaluation workshops
     - One conference at the Vinipôle Sud Bourgogne with the theme of “Energy: To be enjoyed responsibly!”

These events, for industry professionals, aim to help the region progress in this area, by bringing people together to share ideas with specialists in the sector, and by informing them on the latest developments in sustainable development.

Three départements will host a workshop on the online tool for sustainable development self-evaluation, launched by the BIVB in 2014, on 30 March in Chablis, 31 March in Beaune, and 2 April in Davayé. In just a few clicks, users receive a report of the sustainability of their operation, and tips on how to improve their performance.

On Thursday 2 April, Vinipôle Sud Bourgogne, a center for expertise in terms of sustainable development, will be hosting its annual rendezvous with the theme “Energy: To be enjoyed responsibly!” The morning will be dedicated to two key issues: how to save energy and how to produce it. This second issue will address how to take advantage of the byproducts of winegrowing, such as prunings and grape waste.

A detailed program is available on request from the BIVB press office. 

At your service

The USA is the biggest export market for Bourgogne wines ©BIVB/DR
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April: Bourgogne wines in North America

The program for the 2015 Bourgogne Terroirs & Signatures tastings starts in North America, with tastings and training sessions for market influencers.
The Grands Crus in English and an unforgettable stay ©BIVB/H. MONNIER
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The Story of the Grands Crus: an authentic and unique experience in English

This year, the École des Vins de Bourgogne is offering English-speaking wine lovers a chance to enjoy a unique immersion in the Grands Crus appellations of the Bourgogne winegrowing region.
Wine-related tourism is one of the main sources of tourism revenue in the region ©BIVB/LES CREATIONS DE L'ETOILE/L. BARILLEC
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Tourism professionals to take an in-depth look at Bourgogne wines

The BIVB is inviting tourism professionals from across the Bourgogne region to a special training session on Bourgogne wines, on 20 and 23 March. This will be a fine occasion for those who work in the sector to brush up their knowledge, just in time for the Easter season. 

Economic updates

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Bourgogne wines in figures (February 2015)

Each month, we compile the key figures for Bourgogne wines.
With the 2014 vintage, the Bourgogne winegrowing region has just about made up for a succession of very small harvests. Prior to the harvest in September 2014, stocks had reached their lowest level for two decades!

Appellation in the spotlight

Explore Saint-Aubin with all your senses - by tasting or visiting! ©BIVB/S. NARBEBURU
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Saint-Aubin: A gem in the heart of the Côte de Beaune

Tucked in between Puligny and Chassagne, Saint-Aubin is a winemaking village in the southern part of the Côte de Beaune. Its wines are perhaps less well-known than those of its illustrious neighbors, but they nonetheless deserve your attention, both the AOC Villages and the Premiers Crus.

Winemakers and Maisons

Prosper Maufoux, Maison des Grands Crus extends into Saint-Aubin ©BIVB/DR
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Prosper Maufoux (Veuve Ambal) acquires a 14-hectare estate in Saint-Aubin

Prosper Maufoux, Maison des Grands Crus in Santenay, has just acquired the 14 hectares of the Charles Blondeau-Danne Père estate in Saint-Aubin.
Bourgogne wine producers are coming together to offer a wide range of AOCs ©BIVB/DR
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A new look for Bourgogne de Vigne en Verre

After an in-depth commercial reorganization of its national and international networks, and strong growth of around 40% in four years, Bourgogne de Vigne en Verre has become BVV, with a new logo and a brand new website targeting professionals.

News from the wine region

Join in with Climats Week in May and discover what makes the Bourgogne wine region so exceptional ©BIVB/DR
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A Bourgogne rendezvous for Climats Week

Nobody will be talking about the weather in the Bourgogne winegrowing region come May. From 23-31, all the talk will be of the Climats. These individual plots of vines will be honored, along with a series of associated cultural elements. Climats Week will involve a great number of industry professionals, seeking to remind locals and tourists that this is an exceptional and fragile heritage.
The Mâcon appellation offers some pleasant surprises at affordable prices ©BIVB/DR
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For you: Come be a judge at the Distinction Saint-Vincent for Mâcon wines

The Distinction Saint-Vincent for Mâcon wines was created 27 years ago with the aim of promoting the best cuvées of the Mâcon appellation. Each year, the organizers invite journalists to take part in the tasting, which this year will be held on 20 March. Come and join them...
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