We know organic wine is growing in popularity in Australia and NZ but how prevalent is it globally?
“800 wine producers from 14 countries, 4,500 people in attendance (including around 20 percent foreign visitors from 20 different countries).” (Lorch, W 2015).
No, not a conventional wine exhibition in California, the Millésime Bio exhibition in Montpellier, in the South of France, earlier this year. An organic wine show!
Millésime Bio, first staged in 1993, has seen a dramatic increase in size in recent years. Its popularity is testament to just how prevalent organic wine is globally. (Lorch, W 2015). Organic wine is not just about the new world, the old world is converting.
Having seen phenomenal growth in the number of organic vineyards over recent years, Spain is now the country with the largest area of organic vineyards with 82,000ha. Italy comes next with 67,000ha and France is just behind with 64,610ha. Between them the three countries account for 73 percent of the world’s total of organically managed vines. (Lorch, W 2015).
Southern France, arcing from Bordeaux across to the Rhône, represents more than three-quarters of the total organic vineyard area in France with Languedoc-Roussillon alone covering 32 percent. French organic vineyards represent 8.2 percent of the country’s total, this figure having stabilized since 2012 after tripling in the five-year period from 2007. (Lorch, W 2015).
In the United States, you will find many organic wineries in California and Oregon. In Argentina, in Mendoza, in Germany in Rheinhessen, in South Africa in Wellington, in Chile in Maipo and in Portugal in Douro!
There are two key reasons organic wine continues to grow in popularity globally 1. Organic wine is better for you and better for our environment (and this is more and more important for our younger generations) 2. The wine is better quality.
Lorch, W 2015 ‘World’s Largest Organic Wine Show Broadens Out’, Wine-Searcher, <http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2015/01/world-s-largest-organic-wine-show-broadens-out>, viewed 12 April 2015.