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N°188 / January 2015

A network of sites dedicated to wine tourism will eventually cover the entire Bourgogne winegrowing region ©BIVB/A. IBANEZ

2015 will be a decisive year for the Cité des Vins de Bourgogne

The Bourgogne region, internationally renowned for its wines, is creating a major multi-partner wine tourism site in order to:
This unifying and much-anticipated project enters a new phase with the quest for an architect. “We have taken a cautious approach so far, but now we are ready for the next step,” explains Claude Chevalier, President of the BIVB. “The feasibility study finalized in 2013 means we can begin. The work done since with institutional, scientific and professional partners has helped to define the project and determine the key areas we need to cover, both in terms of its pedagogical content and its economic model,” he adds.

These elements will be useful for the first stage of the competition, which involves short-listing three or four candidates in the spring. The selected architects will then have five months to come up with their project for the future Cité des Vins de Bourgogne. The final decision should be announced in November.

“This project is important for the Bourgogne winegrowing region, of course, but also for the wider region,” Chevalier continues. “It will be an essential tool for us in terms of promoting local tourism and the local economy as a whole. Moreover, the Conseil Régional of Bourgogne has already committed to supporting us financially, as has the Conseil Général of the Côte-d’Or and the city of Beaune.” The Yonne and the Saône et Loire are also involved in the satellite Cités which, located in key areas to the north and south of the region, will form a network with the main Cité des Vins de Bourgogne in Beaune.
  • Promote all its appellations
  • Explain the Climats, a unique cultural and agricultural system of terroir winegrowing
  • Promote its rich and varied tourism
  • Help guide visitors right across the region

At your service

A website in five languages to help you find out about Bourgogne wines ©BIVB/DR
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The Bourgogne Wines website now in five languages

Entirely revamped in March 2014, the Bourgogne Wines website is now available in Chinese and Japanese versions to add to the existing French and English versions, and a German version will be coming online in February.
Your pocket guide to tourism in the Bourgogne winegrowing region. ©BIVB/DR
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Tourist tips for wine lovers with the En Route Vers les Bourgognes guide

The BIVB is launching the 2015 edition of its guide dedicated to tourism in the Bourgogne winegrowing region. This in-depth guide gives the dates of 90 wine-related events in the region, and contact details for cellars open to the public and restaurants bearing the Vignobles & Découvertes label.
Where the secrets of food and wine combinations will be revealed ©BIVB/IMAGE & ASSOCIES
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Enjoy a day of fabulous food and Bourgogne wine combinations

Spend a fun day at the École des Vins de Bourgogne wine school and learn how to match your culinary creations with the treasures in your cellar, or which wines to pick when faced with a restaurant wine list.

Economic updates

The UK is a key market for estates, co-op cellars and négociants in the Bourgogne winegrowing region ©BIVB/S. NARBEBURU
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UK wine stores - a focus for Bourgogne wines

Bourgogne wines are still very much appreciated in the UK as authentic, quality wines. Although volumes exported dipped in 2014 (down 24% over the first 10 months of the year compared to the same period in 2013), this was mainly linked to a slow-down in the amount of wine bought from supermarkets, and revenues were only down 8.8% over the same period. The UK is the world’s second-biggest market for exports of Bourgogne wines, and as such, is a key area of focus for winegrowers and the BIVB.
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Bourgogne wines in figures (January 2015)

Each month, we compile the key figures for Bourgogne wines.

Winemakers and Maisons

Lynn Marchive and winery boss Guénolé Bréteaudeau  ©Jérémie Fulleringer/L'YONNE REPUBLICAINE
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A new winery for the Domaine des Malandes

The Domaine des Malandes in Chablis has doubled the size of its winery. The main aim of this strategy is to facilitate the process whereby the harvest is delivered to the winery in order to improve the quality of its wines.
The wax seal of Bouchard Père & Fils ©BOUCHARD PERE & FILS
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A new managing director for Bouchard Père & Fils and William Fèvre

Joseph Henriot has appointed Christian Albouy to take over from Christophe Bouchard as managing Director of Bouchard Père & Fils, William Fèvre and La Villa Ponciago, all owned by the Henriot Group.

News from the wine region

The Bourgogne winegrowing region united against Flavescence Dorée ©BIVB/A. IBANEZ
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Flavescence Dorée is contained thanks to some exemplary efforts

The report into the 2014 fight against Flavescence Dorée in the Bourgogne winegrowing region has revealed the campaign was a success. The BIVB wishes to congratulate the industry for its efforts, with almost 3,500 winegrowers participating in the vineyard monitoring program. These checks have been effective and it now seems that the disease has been contained.
Destination UNESCO: knowledge sharing is not a privilege, it’s an obligation ©BIVB/DR
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The Climats of the Bourgogne winegrowing region: a symposium on “The Heritage Value of Terroir Economies”

As part of a drive to share knowledge and encourage economic growth, the Association for the Inclusion of the Climats of the Bourgogne Winegrowing Region on the UNESCO World Heritage List have organized a symposium to be held in Paris on 18 and 19 February. With a panel of prestigious guests from around the world, the event aims to identify the diversity of terroir economies and to discuss how to use them as a lever for economic growth.
The quality of wine is a key concern for Bourgogne winegrowers ©BIVB/A. IBANEZ
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Wine Track 2015 in Beaune: Authenticity and Traceability in the world of wine

After Sète in 2011 and Bordeaux in 2014, it is the turn of the Bourgogne region to play host to Wine Track. It will be held on 13 March 2015, at the Palais des Congrès in Beaune, with the theme of “The Traceability, Authenticity and Integrity of Wines and Spirits.”

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