New Zealand’s first Organic Wine Week is from 17 to 23 September
The Organic wine industry is booming fast since the last 15 years now. Bringing a new approach to the vineyard without chemicals pesticides or fertilizers, and by using a minimum intervention to produce a wine as close as possible to nature and earth
WHY ORGANIC WINE? Organic growers aim to produce wines that are true to the earth, and to take care of the land we all share. No synthetic chemical fertilisers, pesticides, or herbicides are used. Instead, organic producers are careful cocreators with nature. We build healthy vines by building healthy soils, and by nurturing a diverse, rich community of plants, soil, insects and microorganisms.
Organic wine production is strong in New Zealand. As of vintage 2015, 12% of all NZ growers had an organic vineyard, and approximately 6% of all NZ vineyard land was certified organic.This figure is one of the highest in a wine producing country. Other countries with a strong focus on organic wine production (and high statistics of certified organic wines) are Austria, France and Italy.
35% of Europeans drink organic wines with 51.2% in Sweden.
In UK, sales of organic beers, wines and spirits rose by 14.3 per cent in 2016. Some supermarket have adapted to include brands like ‘Aldi’ which launched its first ‘green wines’ collection in early April 2018.
Germany and Northern Europe have traditionally led the European consumption. In spring 2016, in Sweden Systembolaget reached the strategic 10% goal of having their assortment certified organic, beating it’s initial target by 4 yeards. This shows how strong the organic trend is and that it already exceeds expectations.
France has been also a consumer, in 2016 the organic wine market increased by 18.2 % compared to 2015.
The USA and Canada have recently become more important markets. US Consumption of organic wines has increased, growing at rates between 10% and 20% per year in volume between 2013 and 2016, according to Nielsen. Even if it is still a niche market representing 2% by value.
In Asia, Japan is a leading market but new markets are growing such as in Singapore or South Korea. Organic wine grape production in Australia has also increased with a seemingly niche export market of organic wines showing excellent results.
This is a trend in wine that is showing impressive signs of growth as consumers are realising the benefits in terms of taste and environmental ethics.
At Global Shelf we are proud to bring you the Richmond Plains range which are both certified Organic and Biodynamic. Taste the difference yourself today!
We also encourage you to shop at Farmers’ Markets; they are an example of the increasing bio-regionalism taking hold around the world as consumers seek to connect with producers of fresh food and a means of reducing our impact on the environment.