Millésime Bio shows the way

Millésime Bio is the largest organic-wine trade show in the world. In 2012 exhibition a forecast was launched that during the year there will be new legislation defining organic wines. In 2013 Millésime Bio will verify and show that dream came true when introducing real organic wines.

Millésime Bio was created 1993, and in 2013 it will celebrate its 20th anniversary. The trade show takes place in southern France in Montpellier, at the heart of country’s largest organic-winegrowing region. Last time there were 587 exhibitors from 13 countries. The event is totally focused on organic wines, which all are completely green and organic. In addition all stands for the winegrowers are identical. There are only tables with white tablecloths, cups, spittoons, ice etc. So visitors can taste and try the wines objectively without any additional marketing traits. Wines will speak for themselves.

The new organic wine-making legislation defines technical rules for organic wines.  Not only grapes are organic, but now rules involve also actions in the cellar. They include for instance 30‒50 % less sulphur than conventional winemaking and no use of additives. This means improved transparency, a full traceability processes and better consumer recognition.

Millésime Bio organic wine fair have focus on wines. It is impartial, but not dull.

Visitors can familiarize in peace with the wines in wine tasting area.

New organic wine logo will represent better the concept and entity of true organic wines.
Sustainability is the key
Green values are one of the leading principles in wineproduction. Sustainability is supposed to come true all the time when making wines from vineyards to the customers.

Organic wines are made from the grapes those have been cultivated in a way that strains the environment as little as possible. The soil will have nutrients from organic materials which activate the growth of the vines and helps towards diseases and pests. Additional or defensive chemical materials are not in use and sulphites as a preserve are used as little as possible. Environmental stress and foot prints are under discussion also with the energy issues, water, packaging and transportation. Solar panels, biomass plants, usage of greywaters, plastic and light bottles represent the actions that take place when talking about sustainability in wine business.

Solar panels are one way of sustainability when talking about energy issues within wine sector. 

Biodynamic cultivation is part of organic farming in which the welfare between nature and man are made holistically. The actions in vineyard with the nature are carried out harmoniously and balanced. The growers feel that movements of the planets, fluctuations of the seasons and time will have effect on the growth of the vines. The measures are carried out with the rhytmn of biodynamic calendar. For instance new vines are planted during the rising moon. Traditional methods, like compost and usage of horses when ploughing are in use.

Organic and biodynamic winegrowing involves traditional methods in wineyards like ploughing with horse.

Fair Trade system is clearly combined with the sustainability. It tries to leave out the poverty and stabilaize the circumstances of family growers in developing countries. With the system good working conditions and minimum wages are garanteed at least. Child labor is not allowed to be in use, both social and educational actions are carried out in many cases. Environmental criterias and organic farming are carried in wineyards. Certified sign makes it guaranteed that the product has been manufactured during the criterion of Fair Trade.

Natural wines brings echoes from past today. In natural wine, in itself, nothing is added and nothing is taken away from the grapes. Wines are made only with the methods which come from nature. Common to the natural winemaker are awareness and ambition to work as close contact with nature as possible. So that origin, grape and terroir are present. No sulphites are added no artificial yeast is used. Wine producers who make natural wine are commonly interested in the purity of their wines.

Text and photos: Heikki Remes

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