SUSTAINABLE CERTIFICATIONS

There are a growing number of organizations that regulate and certify vineyards for range of environmentally sustainable practices. There is no agreement on what is the 'best' or 'most climate-friendly' certification.

Organic and Biodynamic certifications are among the most established and regulated. I will be adding others to this list as time permits. Any suggestions? Please send to wineandclimate@gmail.com 

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Agence Bio, or  Agence Française pour le Développement et la Promotion de l'Agriculture Biologiqueis,  is a French public interest group that promotes organic farming.  Formed in 2001, The Agence Bio maintains the directory of organic farms and aids farms in the transition from conventional to organic farming practices. 

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Members of the Syndicat International des Vignerons en Culture Bio-Dynamique (SIVCBD) follow biodynamic techniques and philosophy. As biodynamic practices meet the requirements for organic production, BIODYVIN certified vineyards are also certified Agriculture Biologique by the Agence Bio.

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ECOCERT is a France based organic certification company that now operates in over 80 countries. Many certification organizations, such as BIODYVIN, use them to test their members' vineyards. Their logo is often displayed on vineyard websites. 

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Vineyards in European Union member countries that are certified organic by the national certifying body typically meet EU standards for organic and may display the EU organic logo. 

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Germany based Demeter International is the oldest certification body for biodynamic agriculture. Demeter International issues certifications globally. In some countries such as the United States and United Kingdom, this is done through affiliated organization such as Demeter USA. 

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The US affiliate of Demeter International. Demeter USA certifies both biodynamic wineries and vineyards.

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is a holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food, and nutrition. Biodynamic agriculture is based on the concept of the farm as an autonomous and living organism and structure. It is commonly seen as a quest for a balance between the production system and its environment, meaning the whole Earth. Some biodynamic practices are considered as biodynamic pillars, such as lunar and cultural calendar synchronisation, the use of preparations (for the crops and/or the compost) made from medicinal plants, cow dung and quartz.

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is a holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food, and nutrition. Biodynamic agriculture is based on the concept of the farm as an autonomous and living organism and structure. It is commonly seen as a quest for a balance between the production system and its environment, meaning the whole Earth. Some biodynamic practices are considered as biodynamic pillars, such as lunar and cultural calendar synchronisation, the use of preparations (for the crops and/or the compost) made from medicinal plants, cow dung and quartz.

USDA ORGANIC 

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DEFINITIONS

BIODYNAMICS

 is a holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food, and nutrition. Biodynamic agriculture is based on the concept of the farm as an autonomous and living organism and structure. It is commonly seen as a quest for a balance between the production system and its environment, meaning the whole Earth. Some biodynamic practices are considered as biodynamic pillars, such as lunar and cultural calendar synchronisation, the use of preparations (for the crops and/or the compost) made from medicinal plants, cow dung and quartz.

This style of winemaking is mostly organic. Sustainable wineries likely use a number of organic and eco-friendly processes such as eco-farming, but may not be certified as organic.

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