Located on the French Mediterranean coast in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, Montpellier is hosting the 18th edition of Millésime Bio. Exclusively devoted to wine made from organic farming, this professional organic wine trade fair has become a major event for the sector. On January 24, 25 and 26, 2011, over 500 exhibitors hailing from across the world and over 3,000 professional visitors are expected at the Montpellier Exhibition Centre.
In addition to the exhibitors’ stalls, the three days will feature the Millésime Bio contest awards, “Challenge Millésime Bio”, free wine-tasting corners to discover these prize-winning wines, country-specific conferences about the organic wine market, and an organic lunch offered to members of the press and to all visiting professional wine buyers.
The Winegrowers Evening (“Soirée des Vignerons”), which is a highlight of the event, will feature an organic dinner and a wine-tasting session of all those who exhibited during the fair.
The Millésime Bio trade fair is a one-of-a-kind concept. It was created in 1993 by a small number of Languedoc-Roussillon winegrowers, who organised it so as to foster discovery, dialogue and conviviality around the theme of organic wine.
Figures for its 2010 edition:
• 491 exhibitors, all producers or wholesalers (up 38% in one year), from South Africa, Germany, Argentina, Egypt, Spain, the United States, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland.
• 2,700 professional visitors from 25 countries (outside France), mainly from Europe, North America and Japan. They represented 700 wine trade companies (up 58% in one year).
A few markers concerning the organic wine market:
• With 39,000 hectares devoted to organic production in France in 2009 (against 28,000 hectares in 2008), organic vineyards showed a 39% increase.
• The number of wine-producing concerns rose by 31% from 2008 to 2009 (2,301 and 3,024 respectively). Heading the pack, are three French regions with two-thirds of the surface area in certified vineyards: Languedoc-Roussillon (12,661 hectares, up 52% in one year), followed by the Provence-Côte d’Azur region (8,981 hectares, up 35% in one year) and Aquitaine (5,463 hectares, up 45% in one year).
• On a worldwide level, France ranks second after Italy.
• In terms of consumption, the organic products turnover from 2008 to 2009 rose by 30% in hypermarkets and supermarkets, while organic still wine turnover rose by 65%. 46% of French consumers stated they had consumed at least one organic product per month during 2009.
For more information, visit www.millesime-bio.com
Press contact: Cendrine Vimont firstname.lastname@example.org Tél. : +33 4 99 13 30 43 AIVB-LR Organic Wines Professional Association for Languedoc Roussillon Arcades Jacques Coeur – Bât C 75 avenue de Boirargues 34970 Lattes – France