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Languedoc against vine pull

Published:  23 July, 2008

The director general of the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins du Languedoc (CIVL) has come out against the European Commission's proposals to uproot 400,000 hectares of vineyards over the next five years (see Harpers, 31 June).

Axel de Woillemon told Harpers: The uprooting of the vines to address the balance of supply and demand is not a long-term solution... what's needed is better support for commercial development.

Policies that will protect the interests of the growers and help them to appeal to their target audiences in an already crowded market are very important for us.

The Languedoc is one of the most forward-thinking and least restrictive regions of France, in terms of both marketing and wine production. Policies that help us to preserve our winemaking traditions and heritage yet move forward in line with new demand and new markets are what is needed.'