For its 20th anniversary, Vitibio takes stock
Meeting in a general assembly on Tuesday 6 February in the Saint-Eugène festival hall
Vitibio celebrated its 20th anniversary and gave an exhaustive assessment of its actions in terms of marketing and technical development. Opening the general meeting, President Pascal Rousteau recalled in his moral report that "The organic vineyard represents only 1 to 2% of the surface area of the Charente vineyard. Our choice to be an organic winegrower, in the current context of cognac, makes us sometimes marginalized precursors, but current events confirm us with each new health crisis. I know I am talking to convinced people, but there is an urgent need in our vineyard for a large number of winegrowers to change certain practices to stop soil, water and air pollution. »
Cognac is a product that is mainly sold for export. It is also important for Vitibio to be present at international trade fairs to develop new markets. Through the participation of the Peyrat Houlette 16 distillery in these various exhibitions, it is the organic cognac sector that is thus promoted abroad.
Currently, the Société des vins et eaux-de-vie (SVE) de Chevanceaux 17 purchases between 600 and 400 hl of pure alcohol and is looking to develop supplies. Henri Mounier (Unicoop group) buys organic cognac for the Hardy and Prince Hubert de Polignac brands, for a volume of nearly 200 hl of pure alcohol. This new outlet, which has been in place for more than four years, is still under construction.
In 2017, Océalia started an organic cognac business with three producers from the Siecq 17 cooperative. There are also purchases of organic cognac by companies such as A. From Fussigny, La Gabarre or Normandin Mercier. Regarding the evolution of export markets, the United States remains the most buoyant market.
Concerning the control of flavescence dorée, which is an incurable disease on the vine in place, the control of its development is based on the implantation of disease-free plant material and on limiting the risk of transmission from strain to strain and from plot to plot. By setting up surveys, Vitibio has been organising, for many years, a collective survey in the compulsory control area, this being the only and most effective way to combat this scourge that threatens the vineyard.
For many years, technical tests have been carried out in collaboration with the Chambers of Agriculture of the Charentes. Of course, Vitibio accompanies, in partnership with the competent authorities, the requests for conversion to organic viticulture. In 2017, two conversions were observed in Charente-Maritime and two in Charente.
photo illustration: President Pascal Rousteau (centre) opened the general meeting. Photo ©D. B.
Source : sudouest.fr