A biodynamic winemaker who refused to spray his vines with insecticide against a perilous disease has said he is confident of victory following a court hearing, but prosecutors want him fined.
Emmanuel Giboulot emerged from the courtroom in Dijon today (24 February) to announce that ‘our arguments were listened to and I am honestly confident’. He was facing a fine of up to €30,000 and possibly prison, but prosecutors requested a fine of just €1,000, with half that amount suspended. A verdict is due 7 April.More than 500 people gathered outside the court to support the biodynamic winemaker from Burgundy’s Cote d'Or, and 474,000 have signed an online petition. He is accused of failing to comply with a local authority order to use insecticide on his vines to protect against the disease flavesence doree, which some contend carries a similar threat level to the phylloxera disease that decimated swathes of French vineyards in the late 19th
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