By Valentina Phillips

As consumers become more and more concerned about what they eat and drink, both consumption and production of organic wines are showing impressive growth. The market is constantly demanding organic products and will continue to do so in years to come. By 2022, more than one billion bottles of organic wines are expected to be consumed annually around the world.[1]

In the five years from 2012 to 2017, organic wine consumption across the globe almost doubled, from 349 million bottles to 676 million bottles. Much of that growth was driven by Europe, which is predicted to represent 78% of the global organic wine market by 2020.  Consumers in the Scandinavian countries are the most environmentally aware. In Finland and Denmark nearly 5% of the wines purchased are organic. In Norway, more than 10% of the wines sold in the country are ecological. But the true leader is Sweden, where over 20% of the wine consumed in 2018 was classified as organic.[2] However, high demand for organic wines in Sweden is not just a reflection of the current health trend but much more a result of the government’s promotion of eco-friendly wine consumption.

Recognising the popularity of organic wines, and consumers’ growing willingness to spend more on sustainable drinks, producers are investing in expanding organic vineyards. Between 2007 and 2017, total organic area under vine more than doubled globally. In Spain alone, organic vineyard acreage increased more than 5-fold over the period.

The largest producer countries worldwide are Italy, France and Spain, which collectively make up for 79% of global organic wine production. But in the future, China is expected to become a true competitor.  Development of organic grapes has been showing steady growth in China since 2004, and the country now has 2.9% of its grapes certified as organic, with a significant share of its vineyards in conversion.[3]

In 2018, when the Concours Mondial was held in China, over one third of all Chinese entries in the competition were organic and biodynamic. Although the numbers decreased slightly in 2019, there were still nearly 20% of organic wines among the Chinese entries.

In terms of imports, organic wines have the biggest potential in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, the UK, Switzerland, Austria and the Benelux countries. Germany is the world’s leading importer of organic wine with an annual volume of around 30 million bottles, a large chunk of which comes from Spain and Italy.[4]

The trend in organic wine production is reflected in the amount of organic entries in the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. Over the past five years, the number of organic and bio-dynamic wines in the competition has increased by over 80%. The majority of organic entries in 2019 came from Italy (182), Spain (151), France (121) and China (53). A total 24 countries entered organic wines in 2019.

The seven Grand Gold medalists among organic wines are from France (3), Italy (3) and China (2). The winner of the 2019 International Revelation Organic Wine Award is Fabula Riserva 2015 from Azienda Agricola Montebelli.

Sous les Cyprès 2016

Producer: Domaine Gris des Bauries

Country: France

Wine Region: Vallée du Rhône

Appellation: Côtes du Rhône

Varietals: Grenache 50%, Syrah / Shiraz 50%

Alcohol by volume (%vol): 14.5

Domaine Les Grands Bois Cuvée Maximilien 2017

Producer: Domaine les Grands Bois

Country: France

Wine Region: Vallée du Rhône

Appellation: Cairanne

Varietals: Grenache 50%, Mourvèdre 35%, Syrah / Shiraz 15%

Alcohol by volume (%vol): 15.0

Fabula Riserva 2015

Producer: Azienda Agricola Montebelli

Country: Italy

Wine Region: Toscana

Appellation: Monteregio di Massa Marittima

Varietals: Sangiovese 90%, Montepulciano 10%

Alcohol by volume (%vol): 15.0


Duca di Montalbo 2011

Producer: Azienda Agricola G. Milazzo

Wine Region: Sicilia

Appellation: Sicilia I.G.T.

Varietals: Nero d’Avola 80%, Nerello Cappuccio 20%

Alcohol by volume (%vol): 14.0

Monteci 2012

Producer: Societa Agricola Monteci

Country: Italy

Wine Region: Veneto

Appellation: Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG

Varietals: Corvina 75%, Corvinone 10%, Rondinella 5%

Alcohol by volume (%vol): 16.0

Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Red Wine of Colourful Sunshine 2017

Producer: NingXia Huida Sunshine Ecological Winery

Country: China

Wine Region: NingXia

Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

Alcohol by volume (%vol): 14.2

Holan King Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Producer: Ho-Lan Soul Intenational Wineries Co.

Country: China

Wine Region: NingXia

Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon 80%, Syrah / Shiraz 20%

Alcohol by volume (%vol): 14.0

[1] IWSR Organic Wine Report[2] IWSR Global Database[3] Asia Silk Route Conference, September 2019[4] CBI Market Information Database