A new wine IGP in Paris
This does not quite belong to current affairs as the idea of Paris becoming a new wine IGP “Indication Géographique Protégée” (ex- Vin de Pays) has been on the table at least since early 2009. But, this interesting idea has been recently taken to a new level when the Parisian wine producers association (Vignerons Franciliens Réunis), represented by its funky bearded President Patrice Bersac, submitted a formal request to the French Ministry of Agriculture in October last year.
This is not a new story indeed, but the recent article by Decanter is here to remind us that a decision should be made anytime soon. Originally, it was intended – either – to create a new large IGP area covering the north-east of France – or – to be included in the close Loire Valley existing area (to understand what the h*** I am talking about, look at the interactive map on the homepage of the IGP website).
However, we may guess from Mr. Bersac’s wish to have five new IGPs in the next five years that being embedded into an already established group is probably not his favorite solution. In any case, IGP Suresnes is hoped to be the first Parisian wine IGP to emerge, rewarding the biggest vineyard in the region (though the producers of bucolic Montmartre are probably much more famous… hum… wait a minute… didn’t Wine Business News already wrote something about it… yes indeed!).
Those who know that Paris was supposedly the biggest French vineyard in the 18th century would think the request is legitimate. Others may think of this as yet another Parisian snobbery. Anyway, this is an interesting proof that 21st century Paris does not always need Qatari funds to develop…