Russian Oligarch Forced to Liquidate Stake in French Wineries

Plus, California's new AVA and remembering Northern Rhône winemaker Alain Graillot

Russian Oligarch Forced to Liquidate Stake in French Wineries
French vintner Jean-François Ganevat bought back his family estate after selling it to Dmitry Pumpyansky. (Michel Joly)
From the Jun 30, 2022, issue

Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, the EU imposed sanctions on Russian businessman Dmitry Pumpyansky and his family, paving the way for the French government to freeze the oligarch’s assets, including Domaine Prieuré St.-Jean de Bébian in Languedoc and Domaine Ganevat in Jura.

Spanning a 60-mile stretch of California’s Central Coast and bordering Paso Robles to the east and Santa Maria to the south, the new San Luis Obispo Coast AVA includes 78 vineyards and 3,942 acres of vines and also takes in the Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande Valley AVAs. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the dominant varieties.

And Alain Graillot, whose namesake domaine became a standard-bearer for the Crozes-Hermitage appellation in France’s Northern Rhône Valley, died at the age of 77. Get the details on the wine world’s latest news.

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