In Brouillet (Marne), west of Reims, on 12 hectares of champagne vineyards, five generations of winegrowers have succeeded one another. Today at the head of the estate, Paul-Vincent Ariston is worried. There’s no shortage of work, but sales don’t follow. They have fallen by 30% since the start of the health crisis.
“Unlike an industry where you can still stop a production cycle, nature never stops. The charges continue to accumulate and if behind, we do not sell the bottles, the problem of non-receipt of money arises“, deplores the winemaker. Without money, no possibility of working in the vineyard. 30 kilometers south of Reims, in Avenay-Val-d’Or (Marne), John-Charles Ricciuti runs a fifteen hectare estate. wants to remain optimistic, even if the confinement keeps customers away from their cellar. “We are worried about Christmas, since the tourists are not there “, he confides.
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