Languedoc-Roussillon's Clot de l'Oum winery has seen its vineyards vandalised, with damage set to total tens of thousands of euros, according to its owner.


Vines belonging to Clot de l’Oum, in Agly Valley, Languedoc-Roussillon, were cut into pieces during the night of 1 April.

The plots were part of two parcels of old Syrah, 32 years old and 18 years old respectively.

Clot de l’Oum owner Eric Monné told that the damage would cost him €25,000 in lost wine this year, and this figure will increase if the vines cannot grow.

‘This act of vandalism represents 15 to 20% of my turnover. If it happens again, we will not be able to cope, and we will be forced to stop our activities,’ Monné added.

He said it appeared the vandal, or vandals, had wine knowledge.

Those damaged were facing south on gneiss terroir in the middle of the woods 2 kilometres from the nearest village. The cuts were on the upper parts of the vines.

‘The pruning system for these vines was Guyot,’ said Monné.

‘This is a voluntary, premeditated act because those vines are the only plots with this pruning system. With goblet-trained vines, they would have to cut four different places instead of one cut with Guyot.’

This story has moved the world of wine since it was announced on Twitter. ‘I received a lot of support from all over France but none from the CIVR [the Roussillon wine body],’ said Monné.

A police inquiry was underway, but there had been no arrests at the time of writing.

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  • Antoine Bisset

    Yes, very probably you are right.

  • Jonathan Hesford

    It’s probably a very local grievance, like a worker who felt he was treated unfairly or a neighbour who has an issue over a boundary.

  • Antoine Bisset

    Jonathan mentioned that the dates were wrong. I admit that I did not check these. My comment was not entirely serious, although a vineyard out of sight is a better target than one visible from a public road.
    I cannot imagine why anyone would wish to vandalise a vineyard except as part of a dispute. If it is not the Spanish, then a relative or neighbour would seem to be a reasonable bet. That does not fit with earlier attacks elsewhere, as in Bordeaux.

    Unfortunately, I suspect that we will never learn the answer.

  • Jonathan Hesford

    Thankfully, only you think that a small, successful high-quality vigneron like Clot de l’Oum would be involved in the vandalism of the bulk Spanish wine imports.

    Especially given that his vineyard was damaged 3 days BEFORE the wine-spilling action.

  • Alfred Martinez

    I don’t think Spanish people were the origin of this attack evidently. Probably Eric has an idea as it seems whem talking on the lack of support from some people.

    But in the pesimistic world we are creating (refugees, wars, poors, ,…) we must all put acts of collaboration and not of confrontation

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  • Antoine Bisset

    Did the vandals maybe speak Spanish? Why would French wine producers think that they could tip thousands of litres of Spanish wine into the road with impunity – just because the French police would do absolutely nothing?