Mondavi Winery Wins French Approval
PARIS (AP) _ A tiny village in southern France welcomed one of California’s best known wineries on Tuesday, paving the way for the Robert Mondavi Winery to produce wine in the famed Languedoc region.
The town council of Aniane, France voted 15 to 2 in favor of approving a lease of 500 forested acres to the Napa Valley winemaker.
Mondavi’s proposed vineyard in Aniane, a village about 15 miles north of the Mediterranean Sea, would eventually produce about 20,000 cases of wine a year. The bottles are to be sold in the United States starting at $60 each.
Some local activists and environmentalists had opposed Mondavi’s plan, which requires clearing forested land. One has threatened court action if the town council approved the lease.
Other opponents said they feared the American winery would further cut into French holdings.
Mondavi representatives have said that the company would adhere to traditional growing and production methods.
The winery has been based in Oakville, Calif. since 1966 and went public seven years ago. It sells wine in nearly 100 countries.