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24/05/2012

France: organic viticulture developing in Alsace

by Kai Kreuzer

France: organic viticulture developing in Alsace picture: franckreporter/ istockphoto.com

The land area devoted to organic wine growing in Alsace has quadrupled in the last ten years.

In a ranking of organic wine growing regions, Alsace is now third after Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and Franche-Comté. This was the subject of a recent report by the television channel France 3.

The number of organic wine growers is continuing to rise, and there are now 250 who manage their land without any chemical inputs. In 2002 the number was around 50. According to Agence Bio, Alsace is the region where organic viticulture has the biggest share of total wine growing (over 10 %). The average is 4.6 %. In the whole of France, in the period from 1995 to 2010 organic wine growing increased tenfold from around 5,000 ha to 50,268 ha.

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