19 August 2019
In 1976, in the south of France, some small winemakers decided to found the Syndicat des Vignerons Indépendants de France (Union of Independent Winegrowers). Today, over 7,000 independent winemakers are distributed in 32 departmental federations and 10 regional federations.
The Logo is the emblem of an independent viticulture, rich in the diversity of its terroir, its climates, and the know-how of the women and men who compose it.
"Independent winemakers" are authentic personalities who are passionate about their work.
The wines resemble independent winemakers who process them from the vine, to the bottling, through winemaking and aging.
The independent winemaker, in fact, undertakes to cultivate the vineyard himself, respecting the soil and nature, producing wine in his cellar and selling it directly, sharing his passion.
The movement is today oriented to the defense and promotion of the profession of independent winemaker.
Contrary to the prevailing model of concentration in agricultural policies, which leads to the economic domination of some companies, the independent winegrowers' union defends the role played by its small, commercially reactive, innovative and job-creating companies.
Today the Union of Independent Winegrowers has become one of the main players in the French wine sector and collaborates with national and European administrations and political authorities.