Tensions are running high in the Rhone Valley with negociants and cooperative cellars clashing over the advance buy of grapes for the 2014 harvest.
A letter was sent in early July to all cooperative cellars in the province, signed by the Cotes du Rhone winemakers’ union, to warn of ‘manoeuvres from particular negociants to assure their grape sourcing’. The letter said some negociants were ‘resorting to underhand tactics and potentially cutting off supply to cooperative cellars’. It also reminded cooperative members that they face fines and possible exclusion if they send their grapes elsewhere. The go has revealed rising tension in the province over grape supplies. Harvest volumes have dropped in the Cotes du Rhone over the past decade, due to grubbed up vines and hard weather. The grape crush from 2013 was particularly low, at 1.2m hectolitres. The overall Rhone Valley harvest was 2.5m hectolitres, down 13% on 2012.‘We are particularly concerned by this
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