Christophe BERTSCH selected in 2018 in the top 20 of Wine

Full Pr. C. BertschChristophe BERTSCH, 48, directs the grapeVine, Biotechnology and Environment Laboratory at the University of Haute-Alsace in Colmar. His specialty is wood diseases. He leads the Euréka project, one of the first nine programs selected by the Ministry of Agriculture as part of the “Action plan against declining vineyards”. The idea is to find preventive but also curative solutions,” insists the researcher. And for that, he does not hesitate to take inspiration from the work of colleagues in other disciplines such as forestry. “To invent is to think outside the box,” said Alfred EINSTEIN. He regularly reminds his teams of this.

He is exploring endotherapy, which consists of injecting active molecules into the core of the vine’s trunk so that they act directly on the pathogens present in the white rot. He is also working on double grafting and the impact of cultural practices.

In April 2018, he took over the direction of the Alsatian vineyard technical commission. The objective: to federate and coordinate all Alsatian research with the interprofession (Civa), the winegrowers’ unions (Ava), the technical institutes (IFV and the chamber of agriculture). Topics addressed: spraying, relations with local residents, flavescence dorée, plant material… and of course wood diseases.


Editor: Christelle Stef.

Article from the Vitisphere website

Those who made “move forward” the French vineyards in 2018

Wednesday 16th of January 2019 by Alexandre Abellan


Vitisphere unveils its selection of the most influential entrepreneurs, leaders, influencers, technicians and even rebels of the past vintage… and the years to come.

For its third edition, our top 20 of the Wine (click here to discover it) gathers the twenty headliners having carrying 2018 novelty of the sector, and of the Vitisphere website. Eclectic and subjective, this repertoire of influences and inspirations draws all the current and future challenges of the industry.


Our 20 of wine

Chosen and written by the editors of the magazine “La Vigne” and the website Vitisphere, here are the portraits of 20 personalities of the wine industry:

Jean-Luc Andrieu, general manager of the “Vignerons d’Héraclès” cooperative cellar (Codognan).

Sébastien Attias, head of the technical development department of the Bouches-du-Rhône Chamber of Agriculture (Aix-en-Provence).

Magali Bayle, manager of “Capital Citoyen” (Carpentras).

Fathi Benni, CEO and founder of “Petit Béret” (Béziers).

Christophe Bertsch, director of the grapeVine, Biotechnology and Environment Laboratory of the University of Haute-Alsace (Colmar).

Sébastien Bouvet-Labruyère, general manager of Anagram (Piolenc).

Philippe Brisebarre, winemaker in Vouvray, member of the AOC wine committee of the INAO.

Lætitia Caillaud, viticulture advisor at the Charente-Maritime Chamber of Agriculture (Saintes).

Marie-Madeleine Caillet-Desmaret, Antoine Mazurkiewicz and Dominique Pienne, activists of the Acy vineyard (Aisne).

Benoît Chaillan, technical referent of the Ted robot of Naïo (Escalquens).

Pauline Chatin, winemaker of the “Vigne de Cocagne” (Fabrègues).

Nathalie Delattre, winemaker in Bordeaux and senator of Gironde.

Véronique Hombroekx, general manager of Baron Philippe de Rothschild brand wines (Pauillac).

Miren de Lorgeril, CEO and co-owner of the eponymous estates and president of the “Conseil Interprofessionnel des vins du Languedoc (CIVL).”

Loïc Pasquet, Bordeaux winemaker and creator of Liber Pater (Landiras).

Laurent Pasquiet, general manager of the consumer brand (“c’est qui le patron”).

Pascaline Lepeltier, sommelier at the restaurant Racines (New York).

Philippe Vergnes, winegrower from the Aude region who created the Association des Agriculteurs Sinistrés.

Claude Vialade, founder of the organic wine merchant les domaines Auriol (Lézignan-Corbières).

Ludovic Vincent, co-founder of the start-up Biomédé (Écully).