|Interest in organic wine is on the increase, reports Shivani Dogra, as consumers worldwide – and in India – are now becoming more aware and concerned about the food they eat and what they drink. The focus today is not only on what pleases the palate, but on what’s good for health.|
It’s no surprise then that organic or pesticide and fertilizer free produce has a growing fan base. And whilst many of us might have heard of or even eaten Organic food, we may not have thought we had a choice when it came to wine.
So here’s the good news for all health freaks who love their wine. There is growing interest in organic wines in the industry and you may soon have greater choice.
Millésime Bio, the world’s only trade fair devoted to organic wines and reserved to professionals is taking place at the Exhibition Centre in Montpellier (in beautiful Hérault, Southern France) from Monday, January 26th to Wednesday, January 28th, 2009.
The fair will play host to over 300 exhibitors this year (winegrowers, packagers and shippers) from Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Romania and many other countries.
The three-day trade fair is being organised by the Inter-professional Association of Organic Wines from Languedoc-Roussillon (AIVB-LR) , a French non-profit organization, founded in 1991
The fair receives an enthusiastic response with over a 1000 visitors reportedly visiting last year. With the growing interest in organic food and wine, this year the Fair hopes to only see a stronger turnout.
What is organic wine?
When a label says “organic,” in countries with organic regulation, it means the wine has met certain standards that are set by a government agency. Different nations have their own certification criteria, so what’s organic in one country may not be so in another.
Many wineries that are technically organic still choose not to be certified. There are many reasons for this. Some do not want the added costs and bureaucracy of registering. Others may disagree with their government’s standards. It can also be a marketing decision. Whatever the case, in countries with organic regulation, they are not allowed to use “organic” on their labels.