Organic vines next to conventional vines in southern France.

Organic vines next to conventional vines in southern France.

Wine producers in the European Union (EU) will be able to use the term “organic wine” on labels for the first time, starting from this year’s harvest, according to new rules.

The new EU rules were agreed today (8 February) by the EU Standing Committee on Organic Farming (SCOF). Until now, EU rules only covered “wine made from organic grapes”, but not the whole production process, due to disagreements on an organic standard for winemaking.

The new rules will help improve transparency and consumer recognition by clarifying the “clear difference between conventional and organic wine”, said Dacian Ciolos, EU agriculture commissioner. He added that "consumers can be sure that any [EU] ‘organic wine’ will have been produced using stricter production rules".