Natural wine organisation celebrates its first anniversary

Thursday October 08 2020 by Vitisphere

 “Fifty labels is still not much”, concedes chairman Jacques Carroget (center). “Fifty labels is still not much”, concedes chairman Jacques Carroget (center). - Photo credit : Alexandre Abellan (Vitisphere)

Jacques Carroget, chairman of the natural wine producers’ organisation sums up the past year in one word: “Encouraging”. A year ago, the newly-minted group was focusing on a legal document to codify the concept of natural wine, and avoid it being wrongfully used. Apart from a charter established in 2005 by the Natural Wine Association, there was no legal framework for producing natural wine. At the beginning of 2020, a charter was endorsed by the producers’ organisation, then in the spring by trading standards, providing irrefutable official recognition of ‘natural method wine’; the term ‘natural’ is highly regulated and was rejected by the authorities.

One year later and the organisation has some 300 members, including around 120 producers, a hundred or so members of the industry (trading firms, wine merchants, restaurateurs, journalists, authors...), and a few consumers.

It's not enough, but it's a start. We need to quickly reach 250 producers”, claims Carroget. The same goes for certified wines. The organisation’s website lists around fifty that can display the official logo on their labels. Two categories have been introduced by the organisation: natural method wines without added sulphites and natural method wines with sulphites added at the bottling stage (but less than 30mg/L total).

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