Grapevine & Wine 05/07/2010

European Union backs up about organic wine

The project was withdrawn by the Commission since it was not possible to find a compromise able to meet the standards of organic farming

The European Union withdraws its project about a bill on organic wine. This happened unexpectedly at the Committee for organic farming regulation, assembled in Brussels for voting the document.

According to Roger White, spokesperson of the EU Commissar for Agriculture, Dacian Ciolos, “the project about organic wine was withdrawn since it was not possible to find a compromise able to meet the standards of organic farming in comparison to the one that hold for normal wine”.
During a recent council of the EU Agriculture Ministers, Ciolos said that “an organic wine has to be a true organic wine” and that it was not disposed to make any compromise about this.

The EU bill would provide for a sulfite concentration of 100mg per liter for red wine and 150mg per liter for white wines, i.e. 50mg less than the limits that hold for normal wines for both the products. Many counties, particularly the Northern countries plus France and Portugal, protested strongly against so restrictive limitations.

“We lost the occasion for a first regulation of the enologic practices for organic wines. In Italy, the quality of wines produced from organic grapes is increasing. At the same time, it is raising the consciousness of the farmers and politicians that the use of chemical products on vineyards must be reduced and it is growing the customers’ trend to choose for wines derived from eco-friendly cultures”. These the words of the Italian Association of the Wine Cities that asks the Italian Minister for Agriculture, Giancarlo Galan, to take-charge of a similar project in Italy, by calling together all the stakeholders, and to push for a new bill in Brussels.

di T N