Ban des Vendanges

Literally “opening of the harvest”—the official date when harvest can begin. Growers can choose to begin harvest anytime after the ban des vendanges but not before it. A ban des vendanges is mandatory in some (but not all) AOCs, including Champagne and Burgundy. Within a given area, the ban des vendanges differs depending on the grape variety and location of the vineyard.

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