12% of French vineyards organic in 2018

Monday June 10 2019 by Vitisphere

Florent Guhl, director of Agence Bio: “The growth in organic vineyard acreage is responding to demand in the domestic market”.Florent Guhl, director of Agence Bio: “The growth in organic vineyard acreage is responding to demand in the domestic market”. - Photo credit : DR

Organic winegrowing continues to expand in France. In 2018, the number of hectares committed to organic winegrowing (certified + in the switch-over phase) reached 94,020 ha, a 20% increase on 2017. This brings the national total up to 12% of overall acreage. “In terms of surface area, this year has seen the highest level of commitment ever”, explained Dorian Fléchet, from the National Observatory of Organic Agriculture at Agence Bio. In 2018, 13,968 ha started the first year of the switch-over phase, an increase of 61% on 2017.

Strong demand in the domestic market

6,726 farms had made a pledge to farm organically at the end of 2018, an increase of 15% compared with 2017. “Ten years ago, we could never have imagined reaching these figures”, admitted Philippe Henry, the new chair of Agence Bio, at a press conference in Paris on June 4. Florent Guhl, the director of Agence Bio, said he believes the growth in French organic vineyard acreage is primarily supplying the domestic market, where demand is high. “There has been almost no increase in organic wine exports for the past two years”, he commented.

 

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