LABELS: HOW TO FIND YOUR WAY AROUND!
I would speak, for this article, only of the most recognized labels but there are many other labels for which I will let you be the only judge. For more information, read my article on organic wine!
TERRA VITIS : This is the most permissive label. The members undertake to reduce the quantity of chemical inputs both in the vineyard and in the wine. However, they have the possibility to treat the vine in case of diseases and/or difficulties.
AB (Organic Agriculture): The label was used until 2012 and guaranteed that the grapes were organic. It is now replaced by the European label: VIN BIO.
VIN BIO: This European label exists since 2012 and completes the AB logo. It allows to label the wine in addition to the grape and the vine. However, in Hungary and southern Portugal, it is difficult to federate all these climates around a common label. As a result, this label remains very permissive.
DEMETER: This is by far my favorite with the next one. This biodynamic label controls and tests all the wines of its label. It is therefore a label that is equally committed to its respect for the environment and the quality of its wines.
BIODYVIN: Same as for Demeter. The difference is that this one is a little more restrictive. But the Demeter and Biodyvin labels follow the same guidelines.
NATURE AND PROGRESS: I really like their own definition so I give it to you as it is:
Founded in 1964 as a reaction to the industrialisation of agriculture, Nature & Progrès is still campaigning today for the development of organic farming – not in the sense of the European regulation but as a real social alternative – for an economy on a human scale and for a participatory and horizontal societal dynamic. The Nature & Progrès associative project is developed in its charter.
Also to be noted: S.A.I.N.S (Sans Aucun Intrant Ni Sulfite), AVN (Association des Vins Naturels), H.V.E (Haute Valeur Environnementale) wines.