Do you like biological wine or not?
In Italy biological wine enters 2 % of homes but in the US things are better and 34% of wine lovers prefer environmentally friendly bottles
In other words the larger market for biological bottles is abroad and most of all in distant nations, while here in Italy it is still a niche product. Not a very favourable circumstance for the small estates which actually constitute the larger slice of Italian biological farms. The photograph of this sector arrives from both WineMonitor and WineNews at the same time, and there are some real surprises. Italy has 57.000 hectares of vineyard for biological cultivations, a surface which has more than doubled with respect to 8 years ago and equivalent to 6,5% of the total national vineyard. With the new European rulings, which we have waited 21 years to get, it is now possible to obtain the biological certification of the wineries and consequently to produce wine as well as grapes that are bio. Finally it will be an end, hopefully, of the imaginative names that are “bio sounding” such as natural pure wine, and other wines without rules regarding production.
What surprises is the gap among the food consumption which is decreasing
rapidly in Italy, which at the beginning of 2013 showed a minus 2,9%, and for biological food which is growing by 7,3% and there are positive results for the wine with the little green leaf. In the meantime at Vinitaly it was announced that the next edition the most prestigious Italian wine fair will have a section reserved for biological wines.
Read for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini