Following a protest carried out by some 450 Burgundy winegrowers last week, and a 7,000-signature petition, the French Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualité (INAO) has announced it’s reversing its decision to exclude 64 communes located in Chablis, and elsewhere in the region, from Bourgogne AOC production.
The protest was instigated when the INAO, which regulates all French wine appellations, issued a proposal to welcome 43 Beaujolais villages into the Bourgogne AOC while at the same time excluding 64 municipalities located in areas historically linked to the production of Burgundy wine, such as La Chablisienne, Dijon (the very capital of the Bourgogne region), and the Châtillonnais.
The Burgundy winegrowers’ protest has found political support in a cross-party group of French MPs, the President of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region, the Presidents of Departmental Councils, and a number of Burgundy mayors.
Despite the demonstration’s positive outcome, however, Bourgogne winegrowers remain cautious, as the INAO’s delimitation process of Burgundy is still ongoing.The INAO’s proposal to grant 43 Beaujolais villages rights to label Bourgogne AOC wines, for instance, appear to be still on the table.
Burgundy winegrowers announced they will be ‘maintaining this pressure and remaining vigilant’ to ensure there will be no dilution of ‘the Bourgogne AOC with the inclusion of another winegrowing region’.