Structural benefits of vigneron grants in France

French government grants to winemakers can include help with wine tourism and tasting facilities

Forward-facing winemakers can benefit from official help, says Jonathan Hesford

Last month, I wrote about the grants and subsidies that were available to vignerons for planting, converting to organics or improving their vineyards. This month, I will look at grants available for improving the winery and increasing sales.

This year I have bitten the bullet myself and put forward a renovation and improvement project that qualified for a subsidy, so the article has some personal experiences.

Government grants are awarded for projects which are deemed to improve the quality of wine production or increase wine tourism. They take the form of a percentage payment for new equipment or the construction of dedicated tasting and sales facilities.

As usual, large amounts of paperwork need ...

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