With the increasing awareness of healthy diet and environmental protection, nowadays, consumers are paying more and more attention to food making processes and farming methods. As an indispensable part of the agriculture sector, numerous wine growers are engaging in organic and sustainable farming. Here's a guide about the most famous labels reflecting the respect of organic specifications. Let's get started !
The production of organic wine is strongly regulated by European bylaws, common to all the Member States of the European Union and supplemented by national provisions. Winemakers engaged in organic wine production must be inspected at least once per year by the independent and impartial certifying bodies approved by French public authorities.
Implemented in 2005 by the French Ministry of Agriculture, the AB label was promulgated by Agency Bio (French Agency of the Development and promotion of Organic Agriculture) and promotes and defends organic farming. Scince2021, the AB label is no longer compulsory. Its criteria are aligned with the European organic label.
EU Organic Label 歐盟有機標籤
The EU organic label is set to gradually replace the AB label. Represented by the Euro Leaf (Eurofeuille), the European logo certifies wines complying with European regulations. Through a systematic ban on synthetic products (pesticides, chemical fertilizers) used in the cultivation of grapes, it also imposes restrictions on winemaking such as the use of organic raw materials (sugar, yeasts, etc.) or the maximum dosage of sulfites. All labeling must be validated by the certification bodies before the products are marketed. The European logo is mandatory, while the AB logo is optional.
Charles Baur Gewurztraminer Alsace 2018 750ml
Charles Baur Grand Cru Eichberg Gewurztraminer Alsace 2017 750ml
Charles Baur Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rose 750ml
Implemented in 2011, "High Environmental Value" is a certification aiming to be part of a global approach to enhance sustainable development and advocate for agricultural and viticultural respect. It promotes long-lasting environmental practices used by winegrowers and producers and encourages the innovation of durable and viable solutions in opposition to conventional agricultural techniques. he HVE certification is regulated by the French Ministry of Agriculture and attests environmental excellence in accordance with exemplary practices related to the following categories:
• Fertilizer use
• Phytosanitary strategy
• Water management