Category: News

  • Biodynamic Winemaker Prosecuted For Not Using Insecticide

    From Decanter: Emmanuel Giboulot, a biodynamic winemaker in Beaune, has been threatened with a €30,000 fine and six months in prison for not treating his vines against the flavesence dorée disease. Giboulot is being prosecuted by the DRAAF-SRAL (an arm of the Agricultural Ministry that has enforcing powers) for not following the Cote d’Or-wide directive…

  • Four Awards in Asia Won by Nelson Winery

    From Radio New Zealand: Richmond Plains of Nelson won two golds and two silver medals in the Hong Kong competition\’s new organic and biodynamic wine section, including for a Blanc de Noir, which is a rare white wine style made from Pinot Noir grapes. Richmond Plains exports wine to 10 countries. It was the first…

  • Natural Wine Company Opens in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

    Brooklyn has a new wine store dedicated to organic, biodynamic and natural wine. Using organic farming principles, sustainable agriculture and minimal intervention at the winery, natural wines are becoming an increasingly important facet in the world of wine and consumers are taking notice. The Natural Wine Company, housed in a revamped factory building at 211…

  • Biodynamic Grapegrowing and Winemaking Short Course

    Join committed practitioners and educators for a full day seminar and tasting created especially for those in the wine community interested in learning more about Biodynamic farming and winemaking. Practical information on the certification process will be shared, and myths and misinformation will be clarified. Attendees will learn how this high level sustainable farming practice…

  • University Of Illinois Researches Organic Grape Growing Methods

    From the University of Illinois: When you think about “wine country,” Illinois may not be the first state that comes to mind. But it’s actually big business on the prairie. There are 90 wineries licensed in Illinois and 1,500 acres of wine grapes. One acre of wine grapes can bring as much as $8,000 in…

  • Why Is Congress So Afraid of Mail Order Wine?

    Angela Logomasini, Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, penned the following piece on foxnews.com: The quest by wine and beer wholesalers to maintain their “middleman” role within the liquor industry is simply bad news. A bill making its way through the House (H.R. 5034) sponsored by Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) supports wholesalers\’ promises to limit…

  • Millesime Bio 2011

    From January 24 to 26, 2011, more than 500 exhibitors hailing from across the world and more than 3,000 professional visitors are expected at the Montpellier Exhibition Centre. Located on the French Mediterranean coast, the Languedoc-Roussillon region will be hosting the Millésime Bio trade show\’s 18th edition. Exclusively devoted to wine made from organic farming,…

  • A New Charter For The European Organic Wines

    It was expected that the 2010 harvesting would be carried out by applying the new EU regulations for the production and labeling of wine and derivates. Unlucky, this was no possible because of the lack of political agreement at this regard at the European Commission the last June. Then, the proposal for a new regulation…

  • European Union Says \”No\” To Organic Wine

    From Decanter.com: The European Union has rejected a proposal to create an organic wine category, despite regulation being \’urgently needed\’. \’Organic\’ wine producers in Europe can only state their wine is made from organically-grown grapes and politicians have been debating the introduction of an organic wine category. Read the full story.

  • CCOF Awards – Benziger and Fetzer are Winners

    The CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) have handed out awards to Benziger Family Winery for their closed loop water system and Fetzer Vineyards for their waste reduction. CCOF certified Fetzer Vineyards has been recognized for the 13th year by the 2009 Waste Reduction Award Program (WRAP) of the California Integrated Waste Management Board for their…