Organic wines produced within the European Union have won the right to use the label ‘Organic Wine’ or ‘Vin Biologique’, according to Decanter.
With a total of 3,945 organic French vineyards spread across revered regions such as Bordeaux and Burgundy. Previously, the EU did not recognise 'organic wines' as actually being a product, and rather made the distinction of “wine made from organically grown grapes”. This is because the previous rules did not cover winemaking, just cultivation techniques.
Previously, wines that met EU regulations on chemical fertilisers, synthetic pesticides and genetically modified organisms were allowed to carry the organic leaf logo, which distinguished them from the crowd. However, the new rulings mean that wines that adhere to these production practices will be even more distinguishable, with ‘Organic Wine’ or ‘Vin Biologique’ being used instead of the more opaque wording: ‘Wine issued from organic grapes’.
These laws will come into effect from August 1st, and Gwenaelle le Guillou, director of Syndicat des Vignerons Bio d’Aquitaine told Decanter.com that organic wines will now have the right to carry an identifying logo, as any other organic product does.
Many regions across France have identified organic wine production as being an area of substantial potential. Currently, the organic wine industry is worth €17.3 billion across the EU, but with an increasing amount of interest being generated on an international level, this net worth is likely to increase.
Ms le Guillon said: "We have been pushing for this change for over a decade.
"It will now be able to more easily communicate directly with consumers."
The change has essentially come about after a new quality charter issued by the EU. Changes in the legislation means that practices in the cellar are observed as well as practices in the vineyard, and consequently the wine as a whole can be certified as organic, not just the grapes.
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