It is often debated whether it makes economic sense to work organically and if it is possible to raise the prices of the wines if you switch to sustainable or organic agriculture. Now we have it in black and white, yes, it does pay off, according to a new report. At least for bulk wines of IGP Pays d ‘Oc, the largest IGP in Languedoc. The figures, which apply to the 2018 vintage, are interesting.
Conventional wines of the vintage 2018 are sold for 90 euros/hectolitre (average price for all “colours”). The price goes up to 96 euros/hl if the wine has an HVE label (a sustainability certification), to 103 euros for the Terra Vitis label (another more well-known sustainability label), and to 174 euros for organically certified wines. Wines that are under conversion to organic also fare well. You obtain 132 euro/hl if you are in the second year of conversion and 154 euro if you are in the third (and last) year.
Read more about the report here: vitisphere