A year in the vineyard: March

The market could take one of several very different routes, says Jonathan Hesford

I have just returned from the 25th anniversary of Millesime Bio, France’s major organic wine trade fair held in Montpellier (pictured below).

As a reminder, organic wine is made from grapes grown without the use of inorganic fertilisers, synthetic chemicals or Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). In addition, weed control must be by non-chemical methods. There are some restrictions on winemaking practices but these do allow the use of many additives, notably sulfites.

In those 25 years, the production and sales of organic wine has grown massively, with a three-fold increase in the last seven years. Spain, Italy and France are the largest producers of organic wine, with roughly 10% of their vineyards having converted to organic methods.

Organic wine in ...

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