Yesterday saw the formal announcement of the merger between the two Cognac wine unions; the SGV (Le Syndicat Général des Vigneron) and the SVBC (Le Syndicat des Viticulteurs Bouilleurs de Cru).
After long weeks of negotiations it has been decided that it is beneficial for all involved in the industry for the unions to stand under one banner, and elections for this new union will take place in September and October of this year. The two separate entities will become one before the end of 2011, ending years of conflict and provide a single representative structure of all who work in the Charentaise wine industry.
The late Bernard Guionnet, former president of the Bureau national Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) would be proud. His hard work and insistence that these two unions worked together for the good of the industry as a whole has at last come to pass.
Pic: PHOTO VINCENT DEWITTE