|Show of solidarity saves French wine business from collapse|
|Written by Carol Emmas|
|Tuesday, 04 December 2012 15:05|
Provence vineyard Château de Roquefort has been saved from ruin by a group of producers who gathered in support after its vines were wrecked by hail.
A leader in France's biodynamic movement, Raimond de Villeneuve's business faced collapse after his vines were completely stripped of grapes in a hailstorm on July 1.
In a heartwarming display of solidarity from fellow winegrowers throughout Provence and the southern Rhône, de Villeneuve was given grapes or juice (with free carriage provided by a transport company) from 36 vignerons.
The donations have allowed him to continue his work and vinify and produce two red wines, one rosé and one white which will be bottled early next year under the appellation IGP Méditerranée, after French customs agreed to waive the usual arrangements.
The wine faces one final, major administrative hurdle, being approved by the fraud service . If successful it will be labelled Coup de Pouce, which translates as 'with a little help from my friends' and marketed as planned.
The names of the 36 friends will appear on the label:
Château de Beaupré