Why champagne grapes could become hand sanitizers in France

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                Avec près de 100 millions de bouteilles de champagne invendues cette année dans les caves françaises, les freins à la production pourraient voir les raisins de champagne se vendre à un prix très avantageux pour d'autres utilisations.
            

Le blocage de Covid a affecté les ventes de ce qui est peut-être la boisson de luxe la plus populaire en France: le champagne.

Weddings, international travel and gastronomy, key factors in champagne sales, have been suspended during childbirth.

In the Champagne region, the hub of global champagne production in eastern France, producers claim that nearly 1.7 billion euros in sales have been lost due to the coronavirus pandemic.

About 100 million bottles of champagne would be in unsold cellars by the end of the year, they said.

Champagne sales collapsed during coronavirus pandemic AFP / File
    
Du champagne comme désinfectant pour les mains?

The CIVC regulates champagne production each year in order to maintain a balance between production and market prices, a mechanism similar to the oil industry.

An August 18 meeting is expected to result in extremely tight curbs to limit excess production. Record quantities of grapes are expected to be destroyed or sold at reduced prices to distilleries.

Small producers are alarmed by this decision, and some fear that the famous grapes used to produce champagne will end up producing alcohol for hand sanitizer, as is already the case in wine regions like Alsace.

(With AFP and France 24)