The plans were confirmed by Agriculture Minister Marc Fesneau, Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region President Alain Rousset, CIVB President Allan Sichel and CIVB Vice-President Bernard Farges during a press conference at the International Agricultural Fair in Paris on 1 March 2022.
The funding of €57m will be funded partly by the state, which will provide a total of €38m. The Bordeaux Interprofessional Wine Council (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux, CIVB) is expected to contribute €19m. Ultimately, this means a grant of €6,000 per ha. This is just a first step, Bernard Farges stressed. "These initial figures are undoubtedly insufficient."
The background of the uprooting of these vines is excess stock and low prices, especially of red AOC Bordeaux, resulting from long-term sales difficulties. Since 2019, the winegrowers have been demanding a subsidy to uproot the vines and, in December, mounted a demonstration in Bordeaux to promote their cause.
The winegrowers continue to complain that the current aid fund is not enough. They are demanding a subsidy of €10,000 per hectare and a much larger area - of 35,000 ha. ITP