VINEXPO / FRANCE: Rise in organic vineyards
The number of organic winemakers in France grew by 20% in 2008, according to newly released figures.
Around 2,300 wineries were registered as having organic vineyards in 2008, according to France's organic food and drink body, Agence Bio.
Languedoc-Roussillon continued to be the wine region with the most organic vines, reporting more than 8,000 certified vineyards.
"The qualitative gap between organic and non-organic wines is now next to negligible," said Christophe Palmowski, general manager of Vignerons Catalans, in the Vinexpo in-house news bulletin during this week's show in Bordeaux.
However, cost of production remains a deterrent, according to Palmowski, who helped to create the Fruite Catalan wine brand.
"Should we manage to balance offer and demand, consumers will not want to pay the extra 20% to 30%, and this will be a problem as organic production is more expensive," he said.
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