Organic wine category rejected

25 June, 2010

An EU proposal to introduce an official organic wine category has been rejected.

Members of a standing committee couldn’t agree on a definition of organic winemaking, meaning wines made from organically grown grapes will continue to be labelled “wine from grapes from organic cultivation”.

The move has been welcomed by the Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins, which represents the trade in the EU.

The body criticised draft regulations for being “arbitrarily and excessively restrictive”.

“Such regulation would have hindered the smooth development of organic winegrowing in Europe, thereby compromising more than 20 years of investment in organic winegrowing. Yet it brings no true added value in terms of consumers, public health and environment protection,” a spokesman said.

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association supported the decision “because the existing draft is too restrictive”.




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