abstract and translation by Egle Capilupi – On 8th March 2012 the European Union published the Commission execution rules n.203/2012 concerning the organic wine production procedures on its Official Journal.
By observing these rules, the producers are authorized to use the wording “organic wine” and the relevant European logo, which will be automatically accepted in the USA as well.
Here are the basic points distinguishing the organic wine from the traditional one :
The organic wine is obtained only from grapes cultivated using organic methods;
In the cellar, procedures like partial cold concentration of the must, de-sulphurization, electrodyalisis for tartaric stabilization, reduction of the alcohol content and the use of cation exchanger to lower the calcium and potassium content, are not allowed.
Some procedures like pasteurization are not permitted to exceed 70°C . and filtration is made with an opening diameter above 0,2 micron.
Concerning the use of oenologic products, only the natural ones can be used, including selected yeasts, favouring the organic ones.
The use of sulphur is reduced to about 20, 30% of the quantity used for traditional wines.
These are very severe restrictions compared to the past, in order to obtain more “natural wines”.
Concerning our Casa Belfi wines, these paremeters are totally respected. In fact, the sulphur content is even much lower and the pesticides residuals are equal to zero.
This has been confirmed by “VinNatur”, an association of winemakers from all around the world who want to defend the integrity of their territory.