France tries an alternative to organic

While there is an urgent environmental need to reduce pesticides, not every vigneron can go organic. Olivier Thery looks at the HVE alternative.

Photo by David Köhler on Unsplash
Photo by David Köhler on Unsplash

The market for organic wine is booming. But while demand keeps rising, the supply side seems to be lagging. France is still going strong: 12% of its vineyards are now farmed organically, an increase of one-fifth in 2018, according to the French Agence Bio.

In Italy, however, organic viticulture seems to be levelling, with only a 2% growth in 2017, according to Italian agency SINAB. Although Italy still has Europe’s biggest surface under organic viticulture (16.6%), the weak growth rate could indicate a ceiling. 

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