Fresh fruit & vegetables and processed vegetable products
For the sixth year, the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London will host a French Pavilion at the Natural & Organic Products Europe trade show, which takes place in London (UK) from 13 to 14 April 2014. A total of 13 specialists in fair-trade, free-from, health, and organic products from the food-and-drink industry and the health-and-beauty sector will be showcased on the pavilion.
From 13 to 14 April of this year, the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London will host the French Pavilion at the Natural & Organic Products Europe trade show. The trade fair is a leading event in its field, to be held at the Olympia exhibition centre in central London. On the pavilion, there will be 13 exhibitors displaying their wide range of fair-trade, free-from, and organic food-and-drink and health-and-beauty products, including organic oils, edible organic-seaweed products, and fair-trade teas.
Visitors to the French Pavilion — the sixth of its kind — at the trade show will have the opportunity to taste and test the products and discuss possible partnerships with the companies concerned.
The 13 French-based food-and-drink and health-and-beauty companies exhibiting at Natural & Organic Products 2014 in London are listed below. Further details are available on request.
• Food and Drink
Arcadie specializes in the production of aromatic and medicinal spices and plants. The company has a wide range of organic, biodynamic and fair-trade products that will be on display at the trade show.
Atalaya was established in 2010: it produces and sells holonage oils, which combine a balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, as well as a variety of antioxidants. Holonage products are a mixture of vegetables and bio-oils. These products are functional foods that help to maintain health and contribute to well-being.
Caves de Rauzan
The Rauzan cellars were built in 1933 and the owners were among the first winemakers within the Bordeaux AOC (or appellation d’origine contrôlée), with almost 8,000 acres of vineyards and 300 winegrowers producing wines such as Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur, Entre Deux Mers, and Crémants de Bordeaux AOC. Caves de Rauzan makes wine that is marketed under more than 40 brand names and works with 62 châteaux.
Combier is a French distiller and fruit-liqueur producer from the Loire Valley. The company is renowned for the distillation of oranges, which go into making the Triple Sec and Blue Curaçao liqueurs. The company also produces pre-dinner drinks (including Pastis and Guignolet), non-alcoholic cordials, and fruit liqueurs made using a maceration process.
Emile Noël is a family-run business that produces a large range of organic oils, including olive oil, nut oil, seed oil, and flavoured oils. The company has one of the world’s largest ranges of first cold-pressed organic virgin olive oils.
GAIA was founded 20 years ago by Rachel Revesz and Jean-Luc Alonso, both of whom were involved in natural- and sustainable-healthcare organizations. GAIA is a premier French company supplying a range of healthy bakery products made from sprouted seeds. In 2014, GAIA is launching a new range of raw food products.
Les Amis de Juliet®
The producers of the Juliet® apple and Escande tree nurseries joined forces on 18 May 2005 to create Les Amis de Juliet® (The Friends of Juliet®), an association. Today, it brings together 79 producers from all the major arboricultural regions of France. Juliet® is the world’s first organic apple. This apple has an outstanding taste, which is delicate, sweet, juicy and full of flavour. Juliet® apples are a bicolour variety, being both red and yellow.
Les Jardins de Gaïa
Established in 1994, Les Jardins de Gaïa imports, transforms, flavours, packages and distributes organic and fair-trade teas. The company, with more than 450 clients, is the largest supplier of organic and fair-trade tea in Europe; its network has been built thanks to strong relationships with producers.
Marinoë is a family-run business that was established in Brittany in 1992. The company is a pioneer in France’s edible-seaweed market, offering innovative, fresh and ambient seaweed-based products containing highly nutritious ingredients such as alga spirulina and lithothamnium, as well as agar, which comes from seaweed.
• Health and Beauty
Adamence Cosmetics – SARL ITREC
SARL ITREC, a French technical institute for cosmetic research, has been working for over 20 years creating and developing full ranges of hair-care products under the Clinerience brand. On the back of this experience and know-how, the company has created the Adamence Organic cosmetic range for the face and body, available to buy in beauty institutes and through the company’s online shop.
Located in the South of France, APIMAB Laboratoires specializes in the use of propolis and ingredients found in bee hives. Since 1979, it has used the natural ingredients produced by bees to manufacture therapeutic and cosmetic products dedicated to improving well-being.
APIMAB’s products are created using unique French know-how; customer satisfaction is concrete proof of the company’s reliability. APIMAB Laboratoires sells its products under two brands – Solbeil and Propolia – which symbolize its passion for the development of high-quality products.
Founded in 1996, Auris Magnetic is now the European leader in magnet therapy – a non-invasive treatment, which is considered to be a natural pain-relief alternative to conventional treatments through soothing and restoring the body’s natural equilibrium. Auris is focused on research and innovation and has a wide range of magnet-therapy products, based on four main themes: Alternative & Natural Pain Relief, Quality Sleep & Energy Balance, Beauty & Hydration, and Home improvement.
Le secret Naturel
Le Secret Naturel was established in 2002 and is based in Provence: it is a leading French manufacturer of organic personal-care and skin-care products, which are all certified by Ecocert. Le Secret Naturel’s best-selling product, sold in the UK for the past several years, is a set of three natural soaps presented in a bag. The company also produces a variety of organic cosmetics, such as Provence, Immortelle, Ayurveda and Afro, which will be presented on the stand.
About the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London
The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London facilitates trade development between France and the UK. UBIFRANCE offers a wide range of services to French-based companies, so as to assist them in their business activities within the UK. As such, it organises B2B events in the form of conferences and networking opportunities.
The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK is organising a national pavilion at Natural & Organic Products Europe on 13-14 April 2014. The trade show takes place at the Olympia exhibition centre, in central London. It will be open on Sunday 13 April from 9.30am to 5.30pm and on Monday 14 April from 9.30am to 5.00pm.
For further information about Natural & Organic Products Europe, please go to: http://www.naturalproducts.co.uk/
For further information about UBIFRANCE in the UK, please go to: http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/
For further information, please contact :
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Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer
UBIFRANCE Press Office in London
Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640
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Wines, Spirits, Beverages
Sudvinbio, the organizer of the Millésime Bio 2014 trade show, has described this year’s event as an outstanding success, with over 4,200 visitors. Millésime Bio 2014 was held from 27 to 29 January 2014, in Montpellier (France). Thanks to an array of conferences and wine-tasting events, it represents a unique professional forum for the organic-wine market and the trade.
Sudvinbio, the organizer of Millésime Bio, one of the foremost international events in organic winegrowing, has described this year’s event as an outstanding success, thanks to the record number of visitors. Indeed, visitor numbers increased year on year (from 4,160 in 2013 to over 4,240 in 2014), with 20% of visitors coming from outside France.
Visitors to the trade show represented a total of 20 nationalities. The majority of visitors came from the Benelux countries (19.60%), followed by Scandinavia (15.60%), Germany (14%), North America (11%) and, finally, Asia (6.80%).
Exhibitor numbers also rose – from 689 in 2013 to 787 in 2014 – with France, Italy and Spain the most represented countries. However, attendance from a number of other nations was also strong, with winegrowers based in countries such as Germany, Portugal and, for the first time, Slovenia, exhibiting at the trade fair.
Millésime Bio was held at the Exhibition Centre, in the city of Montpellier (Southern France), from 27 to 29 January of this year. Millésime Bio is a unique concept that brings together organic wines from a variety of French regions and from many countries outside France.
The trade show provides an important platform for dialogue and exploration through conferences, and the increase in visitor/exhibitor numbers at this year’s event is confirmation that Millésime Bio has become established as the trade event of reference for the organic-wine sector.
The organic-wine market is steadily increasing in overall importance, with a 6% rise in the size of the land area given over to organic-wine production in France between 2011 and 2012. Over a four-year period, the surface area devoted to organic winegrowing in France has almost tripled. The three leading French regions are Languedoc-Roussillon (51,385 acres, up 4% in one year), Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (36,781 acres, up 8%), and Aquitaine (24,097 acres, up 3%). Worldwide, France is in second place — behind Spain and ahead of Italy — in terms of the size of its organic-winegrowing sector.
According to a consumer survey carried out in France in 2013 by French market-research company IPSOS, one in three people polled indicated regularly or occasionally drinking organic wine. The industry turnover in 2012 stood at €413 million overall (up 15%, year on year). Export sales — to countries such as Germany, Japan and the USA, among others — have risen and, at €58 million in value, now represent 19% of the turnover of the organic-food-and-drink sector.
The prime distribution channel for organic wine is direct sales (36%), followed by retail outlets specializing in organic products (27%), mass-retail food stores (19%) and, finally, small shops (17%).
Sudvinbio was formed in 1991 by organic winegrowers in order to collectively promote their wines. Formerly called the Inter-professional Association for Organic Wine from Languedoc-Roussillon (AIVB-LR), it was renamed Sudvinbio in 2012.
Today, Sudvinbio is held in high regard by industry professionals and by institutional players as an active and dynamic association which, through its actions, has widely contributed to enhancing the profile of organic wines from Languedoc-Roussillon, and that of the organic-wine sector in general.
The next Millésime Bio trade show will be held from 26 to 28 January 2015 at the Exhibition Centre, in Montpellier (Southern France).
For further information about the trade show, please go to: www.millesime-bio.com
For further information about the association, please go to: www.sudvinbio.com
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The Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux, the association of winegrowers for Bordeaux wines, will be unveiling the 2013 vintage at a wine-tasting event to be held in London (UK) on 19 March 2014. A total of 46 estates will be represented. Members of the trade and media are welcome to this unique and exciting event, and should contact the Press Office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London if they wish to attend.
Showcased by the Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux, the association of winegrowers for Bordeaux wines, an exciting selection of wines from the right and left banks of the River Gironde (South-Western France) will be presented to members of the trade and the media on 19 March 2014 at the Meridien Hotel, in the heart of London. This will give professionals, journalists and wine writers a unique opportunity to taste the 2013 vintage. The event will take place from 4.00pm to 9.00pm.
The event is organised by the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE on 19 March, on behalf of Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux; it follows four previous wine tastings organised by Cercle Rive Droite (representing wine estates on the right bank of the River Gironde), which has now merged with Cercle Rive Gauche (for the left bank) in order to constitute Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux.
The wine tasting on 19 March will thus represent a unique opportunity for members of the trade and media to discover, in the heart of London’s West End, the 2013 vintage from right across the Bordeaux region in its entirety.
The Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux came into existence thanks to the aim of Alain Raynaud, its president and founder, which was to bring together, in one entity, the wines of the right and left banks of the River Gironde.
The Cercle Rive Droite, established in July 2002, has represented, for the past 10 years, a selection of 137 wines. As for the Cercle Rive Gauche, it was founded in April 2013. A parallel association to the Cercle Rive Droite, it groups together 51 wine estates carefully selected for the quality of their wine.
A total of 46 wine estates from across the Bordeaux region will be represented at the wine-tasting event. Please see the list below, organised as per the appellations; further details about any of the domains listed can be provided on request.
Bordeaux Supérieur: Grand Vin de Reignac and Balthus
Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux: Château Côte Montpezat Cuvée Compostelle
Fronsac: Château La Vieille Cure, Château Moulin Haut Laroque, Château Dalem and Haut Carles
Haut-Médoc: Château Liversan and The WineMakers’ Collection
Lalande de Pomerol: La Fleur de Boüard, Château Siaurac and Château Saint-Jean de Lavaud
Listrac: Château Cap Léon Veyrin
Lussac Saint-Emilion: Château de Lussac
Margaux: Château d’Arsac
Médoc: Château Ramafort, Château Patache D’Aux, Château La Cardonne, Château Rollan de By, Château Greysac, Château Tour Séran and Château Haut Condissas
Montagne Saint-Emilion: Château Faizeau
Pessac Léognan: Château Haut Lagrange, Château Haut Bacalan and Château Le Sartre
Pomerol: Château Montviel, Château Mazeyres, Château Vray Croix de Gay and Château Vieux Maillet
Sainte-Foy Bordeaux: Château Hostens-Picant and Lucullus
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru: Château Godeau, Château Boutisse, Château du Parc, Château Croix Cardinale and Château Magrez Fombrauge
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé: Château Yon-Figeac, Château Fleur Cardinale, Château Fombrauge, Château La Marzelle, Château de Pressac, Château Fonroque and Château Le Prieuré
Sauternes: Château Raymond-Lafon and Château Haut Bergeron
Journalists wishing to attend should contact Ms Kate Riley, Press Officer of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London (details below).
About Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux
Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux currently represents a total of 188 properties across 31 appellations. Mr Alain Raynaud, President, is also president of Cercle Rive Droite, while Cercle Rive Gauche has its own president, Mr Francis Boutemy. A seven-member Board of Directors is assisted by various commissions and a permanent staff of three.
For the right bank, the estates are situated in the following appellations: Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur, Entre-Deux-Mers, Sainte-Foy Bordeaux, Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux, Blaye, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux, Côtes de Bourg, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, Francs Côtes de Bordeaux, Pomerol, Lalande de Pomerol, Fronsac, Canon Fronsac, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Montagne Saint-Emilion, Lussac Saint-Emilion and Puisseguin Saint-Emilion.
For the left bank, the estates are situated in the following appellations: Médoc, Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Listrac, Moulis, Margaux, Haut-Médoc, Graves, Pessac-Léognan, Sauternes, and Barsac.
A unique selection of wines from 46 châteaux, from the right and left banks of the River Gironde, will be presented to members of the trade and the media on 19 March 2014 at the Meridien Hotel, in central London (UK), between 4.00pm and 9.00pm.
The event is organised by the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK on behalf of Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux. Members of the trade and media who wish to attend should contact Ms Kate Riley, Press Officer of the French Trade Commission.
For further information about Grand Cercle, please go to: http://grandcercleblog.wordpress.com/
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The Millésime Bio trade show will be held from 27 to 29 January 2014 at the Exhibition Centre, in Montpellier (France). Sudvinbio, the organizer of the trade show, has increased capacity with the addition of an extra hall, in order to welcome over 4,000 industry professionals and 800 exhibitors. Millésime Bio focuses on wine-tasting and the trade; thanks to an array of conferences, it constitutes a unique professional forum for the organic-wine market.
Millésime Bio, one of the foremost international events in organic winegrowing, is a unique concept that brings together organic wines from a variety of French regions and from many countries outside France. The trade show provides a platform for dialogue and exploration through conferences, and thanks to its open wine-tasting areas. The opening of a third exhibition hall for the 2014 event, to be held in Montpellier in late January of next year, will allow for more exhibitors and will create optimum conditions for wine-tasting.
The 2013 event welcomed 689 exhibitors from 11 countries, which equated to a 5% rise in the number of producers and traders, as compared to 2012. France, Italy and Spain were the most represented countries, but there was also increased attendance from winegrowers based in countries such as Austria, Germany and Portugal.
Visitor numbers also went up — from 3,360 in 2012 to 4,160 in 2013 — with 24% of visitors coming from outside France. The majority of visitors were importers (19.80%), followed by wine merchants (18%) and wine traders (8.65%), with professionals working in the hospitality industry (6.50%) coming fourth.
The organic-wine market is steadily increasing in size and importance, with a 6% rise in the land area given over to organic-wine production in France between 2011 and 2012. Over a four-year period, the surface area devoted to organic winegrowing in France has almost tripled. The three leading French regions are Languedoc-Roussillon (51 acres, up 4% in one year), Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (36 acres, up 8%) and Aquitaine (24 acres, up 3%). Worldwide, France is in second place — behind Spain and ahead of Italy — in terms of the size of its organic-winegrowing sector.
According to a consumer survey carried out in France by market-research specialist company IPSOS in 2013, one in three people polled indicated regularly or occasionally drinking organic wine. The industry turnover in 2012 stood at €413 million overall (up 15% in one year). Export sales — to countries such as Germany, Japan and the USA, among others — have risen and, at €58 million, now represent 19% of the turnover of the organic-food-and-drink sector.
Sudvinbio was formed in 1991 by organic winegrowers in order to collectively promote their wines. Formerly called Interprofessional Association of Organic Wines from Languedoc-Roussillon (AIVB-LR), it was renamed Sudvinbio in 2012.
Today, Sudvinbio is held in high regard by industry professionals and by the authorities as an active and dynamic association which, through its actions, has widely contributed to enhancing the profile of organic wines from Languedoc-Roussillon, and that of the organic-wine sector in general.
Millésime Bio, the trade show of reference for the organic-wine sector, will be held from 27 to 29 January 2014 at the Exhibition Centre, in Montpellier (Southern France).
For further information about the association, please go to: www.sudvinbio.com
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Le Cercle Rive Droite de Grands Vins de Bordeaux, an association of winegrowers from the Right Bank in Bordeaux (South-Western France), will present an exclusive preview of the 2012 vintage in London (UK) on Tuesday 19 March 2013. The event, which will take place from 4.00pm to 9.00pm, will be held at The Terrace Restaurant at Le Méridien Piccadilly, and will present a unique opportunity to sample wines from 35 châteaux.
The event, to be held in the heart of London on 19 March of this year (4.00pm to 9.00pm), is organised with the support of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK. It will enable members of the trade and the media to discover the 2012 vintage of the Cercle Rive Droite de Grands Vins de Bordeaux, as well as vintages from 2009 and 2010. [RSVP: details at the bottom of this press release.]
The association of producers of wines of the Right Bank (in South-Western France) organises this exclusive wine tasting each year in London: it is an important moment in the wine calendar, the only other events of this calibre for Right Bank Bordeaux wine being held in April in New York and Los Angeles (USA).
Wines from the following châteaux will be presented during the event:
•Sainte-Foy Bordeaux: Château Hostens-Picant, Château Hostens-Picant Cuvée d’Exception Lucullus, and Château Hostens-Picant Cuvée des Demoiselles.
•Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux: Château de Laussac and Clos Puy Arnaud.
•Fronsac: Château Dalem, Haut Carles, Château Moulin Haut-Laroque, and Château La Vieille Cure.
•Canon-Fronsac: Château Cassagne Haut-Canon.
•Pomerol: Château Fayat, Château Mazeyres, Château Montviel, Château Le Moulin, Clos de la Vieille Eglise, Clos Vieux Taillefer, and Château Vray Croix de Gay.
•Lalande de Pomerol: Château Siaurac.
•Saint-Emilion Grand Cru: Château Boutisse, Château Croix Cardinale, Clos Dubreuil, Château Godeau, Château Magrez Fombrauge, Château du Parc, Château Patris, Château Pindefleurs, and Château Rol Valentin.
•Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé: Château La Commanderie, Château Fleur Cardinale, Château Fombrauge, Château Fonroque, Clos des Jacobins, Château La Marzelle, Château de Pressac, and Château Le Prieuré.
•Montagne Saint-Emilion: Château Tour Bayard.
About Cercle Rive Droite
Le Cercle Rive Droite de Grands Vins de Bordeaux (The Right Bank Circle of Great Bordeaux Wines) was founded in July 2002 in order to promote fine wines from the region. The organisation groups together 143 châteaux. Its members produce wines from a diverse range of appellations, including Pomerol and Saint Emilion.
Cercle Rive Droite aims to promote the reputation of wines of the finest quality; all its wines are evaluated through blind tastings, which are held twice a year by an independent jury.
The Cercle Rive Droite advance tasting event will be held on Tuesday 19 March 2013 at The Terrace Restaurant, at Le Méridien Piccadilly, in the heart of London, from 4.00pm to 9.00pm.
Le Méridien Piccadilly
W1J 0BH (UK)
Nearest Tube Station: Piccadilly Circus
If you would like to register to attend the event, please contact:
Ms Katherine Woods, Press Officer
The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK
Telephone (press office): (00) (44) (0)207-024-3640
For further information about Cercle Rive Droite, please go to: www.cerclerivedroite.com
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Ms Katherine WOODS - Press Officer
Following on the success of earlier events, Les Champagnes de Vignerons, the trade body that represents champagne producers and co-operatives of growers in that region, will present its members’ know-how and production at an exclusive B2B event to be held in London on 27 March 2013. The wine tasting is organised by the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK.
On Wednesday 27 March, in an exclusive event, Champagnes de Vignerons will hold a tasting of its members’ champagnes at Fulham Palace (in London). The event will be held from 10.00am to 6.00pm. In order to register, journalists should contact the Press Office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London (see contact details at the bottom of this press release).
Les Champagnes de Vignerons is a collective trademark for the winemakers of the Champagne region (in eastern France): it was created in 2001 by the Syndicat Général des Vignerons (i.e. the Champagne Growers’ Union) in order to promote champagnes produced across the region’s vineyards.
The collective brand — Les Champagnes de Vignerons (or ‘Winegrowers’ champagne’) — brings together all the area’s growers (vignerons) and co-operatives of growers that make champagne.
The event of 27 March of this year, which is organised by the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK, will give trade and media participants the opportunity to taste a range of champagnes that are full of character and steeped in tradition.
The champagnes to be displayed at the tasting are not yet distributed across the British market, but the Champagnes de Vignerons trade association is confident there is proven and considerable potential for the sale of these champagnes with a difference across Britain.
Key statistics illustrate the fact that the vineyards are a dynamic force and play a crucial role in the economy of the whole region. Les Champagnes de Vignerons represents 5,000 growers and co-operatives of growers, who make and sell champagne. As a sign of the producers’ independence, it should be stressed that 90% of the vineyards concerned are owned by the growers themselves. Overall, about a third of total champagne sales (31% precisely) are made by independent winegrowers and co-operatives of growers, which amounts to 100 million bottles per year on average.
The Champagnes de Vignerons trademark constitutes an important and valuable symbol for each vineyard that belongs to the association. It is a brand name, but it is also more than that, since it carries strong values that blend tradition with expertise and authenticity. For Les Champagnes de Vignerons, the focus must be on the individual know-how of each grower — know-how which is passed down from generation to generation — and the diversity and quality of the wines produced.
As a seal of excellence for the Champagnes de Vignerons brand, the label guarantees that every bottle of champagne is produced from vines grown by the vignerons themselves. It also ensures that the champagne concerned is produced directly on the winegrower’s estate or by a co-operative of growers.
How to spot a Champagnes de Vignerons champagne could not be easier: on the bottle, the Champagnes de Vignerons label attests to the origin and quality of the champagne concerned. The label is represented by a specific and easily recognizable logo. Featuring colours that include black, gold or yellow as well as blue, the logo symbolises the different stages in the production of champagne — from the harvest to the cellar…and the tasting.
Different winemakers place the logo on different parts of the bottle: on the back label, on the neck of the bottle, or on the cork (in which case it is affixed to the wire cap). In the unlikely event of the logo not being on display on the bottle, information listed on the label can be checked, which will indicate that it is a Champagnes de Vignerons champagne. (The label may carry various abbreviations, such as RM, which stands for Récoltant Manipulant ; RC, which stands for Récoltant Coopérateur ; CM, which stands for Coopérative de Manipulation ; and, finally, SR, which stands for Société de Récoltants.)
The wine-producing areas for growers’ champagne are diverse. The complex characteristics of the local soil combine with the expertise and passion of the men and women who create the Champagnes de Vignerons, resulting in exceptional champagnes with true character.
From a geological and geographical standpoint, Champagne is a truly unique winegrowing area, combining a climate that can be harsh, yet is tempered by the influence of the sea, with a mostly chalky sub-soil, which is uniquely receptive to sunshine. Champagne is also a remarkably diverse area, made up of 280,000 plots spread over the 35,000 hectares of the champagne Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée or AOC (i.e. the production area covered by the French authorities’ stringent certification-of-origin process).
Four separate geographical areas (see below) comprise the designated ‘Champagne’ region, and each area gives the grapes a distinctive quality, which helps to construct the individual personality of each wine elaborated by the winegrowers.
•The Montagne de Reims is a wide, low plateau, which overhangs the chalky plains. It stretches north-west of the city of Rheims (spelt ‘Reims’ in French), as far as Epernay. The main grape variety found in this area is Pinot Noir.
•The Marne Valley, for its part, tends to be shale, clay or sand, and runs from the east of Epernay to the west of Château-Thierry. Pinot Meunier is the grape variety of choice in this part of the Champagne region.
•On the other hand, La Côte des Blancs is blessed with chalky soil; this area stretches south of Epernay, from Sézanne to Vitry le François. Chardonnay is the main grape variety grown in La Côte des Blancs.
•Finally, La Côte des Bar includes the area situated around Troyes as well as Montgueux, and it extends to Bar-Sur-Seine and Bar-Sur-Aube. In this part of Champagne, the most widely grown grape is Pinot Noir.
The 27 March event in London will give trade and other professionals, specialist consultants, wine writers, editors and journalists the opportunity to discover a range of champagnes that hold great appeal thanks to their memorable quality, their unparalleled diversity, and their genuine authenticity.
About Champagnes de Vignerons
Champagnes de Vignerons is a trade association that was formed in 2001 by the Syndicat Général des Vignerons (or SGV) in Champagne. Its aim is to promote the champagne production of winegrowers and growers’ co-operatives across the eastern French region of Champagne.
The wine tasting, which is organised by the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the United Kingdom, will take place on Wednesday 27 March 2013 from 10.00am to 6.00pm at Fulham Palace, in London (SW6).
To register, journalists should contact Ms Katherine Woods, Press Officer at the French Trade Commission in London, on 020 7024 3640 (press office), or by email, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
London – SW6 6EA (UK)
Nearest Tube station: Putney Bridge
For further information about the venue, please go to: http://www.fulhampalace.org/
•To confirm your attendance, please contact:
Ms Katherine Woods, Press Officer
The French Trade Commission in London
Haymarket House – 28/29 Haymarket
London, SW1Y 4SP (United Kingdom)
Telephone: 020-7024-3640 (Press Office)
For further information about the event, please go to: www.champagnesdevignerons.com
French Independent Winegrowers in London, a trade show presenting wines from 71 producers, will take place on 15 January 2013 at the Royal Horticultural Halls, in central London (UK). For the fourth consecutive year, the event will showcase wines from across France for members of the trade and the media.
For the fourth consecutive year, independent French wine producers are coming to meet British professionals in London. There will be the opportunity to taste authentic wines from 71 winegrowers at French Independent Winegrowers in London at the Royal Horticultural Halls, on 15 January 2013.
Previously known as Introducing the French Association of Independent Winegrowers, the trade show has now changed name and venue, but the concept has stayed the same. Members of the media and the trade will be able to explore a wide and diverse range of unique wines from France’s main wine-producing regions throughout the day. The event is unique since it will showcase such a diverse range of wines from such a large number of terroirs, while highlighting a second-to-none winegrowing savoir-faire.
The trade event will host a range of quality French wines with various geographical indications, such as Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), along with other French wines. Visitors will have the opportunity to discover what gives each wine such a distinctive character, including regional characteristics and history.
France’s wine regions are joining forces in London for the enjoyment of professionals, importers, buyers, experts, journalists and wine writers. All French wine regions, in their exciting diversity and their unique range of terroirs, are represented — i.e. Alsace, Provence, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Beaujolais, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, the South West, the Loire Valley, and the Rhône Valley.
The trade show will combine a wine selection that will be diverse and comprehensive with a very personal feel, if only because exhibitors bring with them an intimate knowledge of their region of production and its unique characteristics, as well as an unparalleled savoir-faire.
The French Independent Winegrowers in London event will provide visitors with a general overview through a simple wine-tasting route that is tailored to British drinking habits. Each winegrower will offer a typical wine which will make up a wine-tasting route that is divided into four sections (or Moments). Relaxed Moments are times among family or friends; Passionate Moments often involve a sit-down meal; Rosé Moments are warm summery times; and, finally, Sparkling Moments are celebrations with bubbles.
Independent winegrowers are driven by their passion for making wines that reflect their own personalities and express the unique characteristics of their terroirs. The winegrowers give their name to each wine they produce and are involved in every stage of the winemaking process, ensuring complete accountability and guaranteeing a high-quality process from the vineyard to the bottle.
While made with passion, these wines are elaborated in a manner that respects nature, work ethics and tradition, yet with a modern, innovative touch. Indeed, the fact that independent winegrowers frequently form small companies is a commercial benefit for the wine trade, as the growers, drawing on their expertise, can adapt and respond quickly to market demands and trends.
About French Independent Winegrowers in London
There will be 71 winegrowers exhibiting at the French Independent Winegrowers in London event for the wine trade and media on 15 January 2013 at the Royal Horticultural Halls, in London (UK). This event is organised by the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London, in partnership with the French Association of Independent Winegrowers.
For a list of exhibitors, please go to: http://www.vigneron-independant.com/london/liste_exposants_282012.pdf
For further information about French Independent Winegrowers in London, please go to: http://www.vigneron-independant.com/london/en/
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Ms Katherine WOODS - Press Officer
UBIFRANCE Press Office in London
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avril 25, 2012
UBIFRANCE, the French agency for international business developement, comes under the aegis of France's Ministry for the Economy, Industry & Employment. UBIFRANCE lies at the heart of France's public-sector export support framework.