More than half of all winegrowers in Bordeaux earn less than the legal minimum wage of 1,700 euros gross per month. This was shown in a survey by the Chamber of Agriculture for the year 2021. The entire agriculture of the region is affected, of which viticulture accounts for about 80 percent. 34 percent of farmers even reported having a negative income, an increase of eleven percent compared to 2018.
Recent figures from French supermarkets show that sales of white wines from Bordeaux increased by three per cent between 2019 and 2022, while rosé wines were down by six per cent and red wines by 15 per cent. Total sales in this important sales channel fell by nine per cent.
A large-scale survey has been launched following protests by Bordeaux winegrowers in December demanding plans to rehabilitate the industry as well as grubbing-up and conversion bonuses. It aims to identify the number of winegrowers who want to give up their activity, reduce their vineyard area or seek agricultural conversion. This should enable the authorities to come up with solutions that are as targeted as possible.
The CIVB (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux) explained that "the imbalance between supply and demand, the numerous international trade tensions (Covid, Trump taxes, repeated restrictions in China, war in Ukraine, inflation) and the decline in consumption in France have severely weakened many businesses". Since the entire Bordeaux wine industry exports wine worth 1.2 billion euros a year and generates several million euros in taxes through sales in France, it deserves the support of the authorities, he said.
(al / Source: Janeanson.com; Photo: 123rf)