The number of organic winemakers in France continues to increase although the increase has been somewhat slower after 2012, at least in Burgundy. The reason is perhaps the last years’ severe weather. But just as likely an explanation is that the conversion rate has now entered a more normal pace. In Burgundy there are today, according to La Vigne, 269 properties with a total of 2,500 hectares that are either certified organic or in conversion.
This means that 8 % of Burgundy’s total area under vines is grown organically. Despite the sometimes severe weather here is very rare that a certified property gives up and returns to conventional farming. Slightly more common, but still rare, is that an estate under conversion gives up. The conversion process takes three years.
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