Bordeaux winemakers on Tuesday called for emergency government aid as plunging demand from China has left many facing closure.
In the biggest demonstration in the region for almost 20 years, vintners and local officials marched through the centre of the world’s wine capital brandishing banners with slogans including “1,000 fewer growers equals 10,000 more unemployed”.
Organisers are demanding that the state authorises them to pull up 37,000 acres of vineyards out of a total of 110,000 in France’s biggest wine appellation.
Why not? Knock yourselves out.
They want authorities to reimburse them €10,000 per hectare of vines removed.
Ah, no, bugger off.