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The March of Organic Wine

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The “Wine Planete” column of the April 2015 edition of The Revue du Vin de France (the Wine review of France) contained a piece called “The Long March of organic wine." The production of organic wine in France has more than doubled in 7 years.
Just to be clear on the terminology here, organic (or “Bio” as it is called in France) refers to wines made with no chemical fertilisers or artificial pesticides and herbicides. Organic production has to be certified and there are several authorities that can certify a producer as complying with organic production. Biodynamic refers to additional steps taken by the producers who follow the methods of Rudolf Stein (burying a cows horn, producing according to the lunar cycle etc.) In this way biodynamic production is a subset of organic production.We have previously blogged about the topic.
In 2014 only 8% of production was organic, but nevertheless a doubling in 7 years from a miniscule base .If we include vineyards that are converting to organ…