Members could not agree on organic wine rules

Members could not agree on organic wine rules

The European Commission has dropped plans to create EU rules and standards for organic wine.

Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos said yesterday (17 June) that members of the EU standing committee on organic foodstuffs have failed to agree on a definition of organic winemaking, following months of discussions.

“It is clear that conditions for such new rules are not right in a majority of member states,” Ciolos said.

Brussels would not water down the standards to reach a deal, Ciolos added. “I am not willing to compromise on organic standards because it sends the wrong signal to consumers on the importance we attach to quality,”he said.

The current system where wines made from organically-grown grapes are labelled 'wine from grapes from organic cultivation' will continue.