For the second time, the Syndicat des Vignerons Bio d’Aquitaine will be organising a tasting of 100% organic wines at VINEXPO: in Tasting Lounges 1 and 2 at the Palais des Congrès (Convention Centre) on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 June 2013. This professional event brings together 130 French winegrowers and confirms the public’s new-found passion for organic wines. Here is a look at this tasting, unique in France…
Organic wines, naturally at Vinexpo
For two days, 130 organic winegrowers from all over France – Alsace, Bergerac, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence, the Rhone Valley, the Loire Valley, etc. – will be presenting a wide range of organic wines.
Two free tasting areas will also make it possible to discover French organic wines whenever you wish: ones that have won medals at the Concours Expression Bio and at themed tastings such as Vieux Millésimes Bio (old vintages) , Rosés Bio, Vins Blancs Secs Bio (dry white wines), Bulles (sparkling wines) & Blancs Bio liquoreux (sweet white wines). This year, the tasting on Tuesday 18 June will end at 7:30 pm to enable professionals to stay longer and discuss with winegrowers.
Organic wines are increasingly successful
For the past several years, organic winegrowing has developed enormously in France: the surface area of organic vines nearly tripled from 2007 to 2011, and now comprises 7.4% of French vineyards. Aquitaine, the third largest producer of French organic wines, is consistent with this trend, with organic vineyards growing some 23 % from 2010 to 2011.
Organic wine production has increased, and demand has as well: 1 French person out of 3 regularly drinks organic wine . In 2011, French sales of organic wines amounted to 359 million euros (+11.5% compared to 2010). At the present time (and mostly for longer then the past 5 years), 74% of gastronomic restaurants sell organic wines, as do 94% of supermarkets. Exports are also buoyant, and organic wines are very much in vogue in Northern Europe, Asia (Japan and South Korea) and North America.
More restrictive regulations make for greater ease in communicating
Organic wines have had to respect more involved specifications since the 1st of August 2012. The making of grapes into wine is now subject to strict regulations. This extension of European legislation makes it easier to promote organic wines instead of relying on the previous description, vin issu de raisins de l’agriculture biologique (i.e. “wine made from organically-grown grapes”).