DiscoverVin offers a unique range of authentic French wines. We specialise in good value wines from Bordeaux and the hidden gems of South West France. As well, we offer exciting wines from exceptional independent producers in Provence, Rhone Valley, Loire Valley, Burgundy and Champagne.
30 May 2015
The March of Organic Wine
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 organic
production (and not yet earnt their certification) the area under
organic production continues to grow rapidly. In comparison only a tiny proportion of
vineyards in Australia follow organic production methods.
There is no sign of this trend
slowing.For example in Champagne up until recently, there
were practically no organic producers. In 2014 there were 120.Similarly Bordeaux, in the past had very few producers using organic methods, now Guiraud in Sauternes and Pontet-Canet in Paulliac are 2 well known proponents. Without much publicity the famous Chateau Latour and Chateau Margaux have converted some test plots to biodynamic production. It seems that the long march continues apace.
DiscoverVin stocks wine from a number of
producers who are either organic or biodynamic….