How France is fighting to save its struggling wine industry

For any wine fans out there, it may come as a surprise that something so synonymous with France is battling to survive.

French wine is loved around the world and France – one of the world's largest producers – makes around 8 million bottles a year.

But environmental factors such as climate change, as well as biological problems, such as viruses, fungi and bacteria, industry practices and economic constraints have all led to a serious decline in production at French vineyards, with experts saying the situation becoming increasingly dire over the past few decades.

However, plans are afoot to save the pride and joy of the French agricultural industry.


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The project will see a total investment of €10.5 million over the course of three years (between 2017 and 2020).

Launched by the CNIV, which groups together the various professions of the French wine industry, France's public agricultural authority FranceAgriMer and the Ministy of Agriculture, the plan has four main goals.

One is "to give winemakers the key to limit the decline, taking into account their economic constraints", another is to "work with plant nurseries to find natural ways to reinvigorate vineyards".

The third is to improve preparation for crises and the final goal is to carry out a national and Europe-wide research programme to find ways of solving the problems in the wine industry.

In short, the organisations behind the plan are hoping to find solutions on how to improve the vines themselves, the quality of the original plants, their longevity and protection against viruses.

The seven projects recently announced by the French government are part of this nationwide research and include investigations into the effect of wood disease on a vine, research on the effect of vine decay on grape production and the effect of fungus growth on vines, among others.


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