On February 8, 2012, the EU organic farming committee passed new rules regarding the labeling of organic or “biologique” wines. The rules become effective as of the 2012 grape harvest.
Organic wine producers will be required to label their wine as being organic and labels must be marked with the EU’s organic logo as well as the code number of the certifier, but must continue to follow existing rules regarding wine labeling.
Rules for wine obtained using organic raisins already exist, they do not cover wine making practices, covering the entire production process, from raisin to wine.
Sorbic acid and desulfurication will not be allowed. “The level of sulfites in organic wine must be at least 30-50 mg per liter lower than their conventional equivalent and the general wine-making rules defined in the Wine CMO regulation will also apply. As well as these wine-making practices, ‘organic wine’ must of course also be produced using organic grapes,” says the European Commission.
Wine is the only sector to be covered by EU rules regarding organic agriculture.