Molotovs in the Minervois
Revolution in the vines (1961–76)
in Terror and terroir
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After the tumultuous summer of 1961, the Comité Régional d'Action Viticole (CRAV) was clearly on its way to becoming a prominent force in the winegrowing Languedoc. In the Languedoc, the societes d'amenagement foncier et d'etablissement rural's (SAFER) presented an interesting pitfall, whereby young growers offered preferential sale could buy up marginal vineyards and uproot them for subsidy as part of the arrachage programmes. Embodying the sum of the Défense movement's experiences, the CRAV displayed a unifying radicalism set apart from political parties and dedicated to advancing the interests of Régional winegrowers. Yet 1967 was only the beginning of the Languedoc's 'crisis moment' which was to expand beyond the year of 1968. The permutations which created the nucleus of the CRAV were forged in the post-war period and the floundering reaction of the French government to the problems of the viticultural south.

Terror and terroir

The winegrowers of the Languedoc and modern France


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