Announcement of the Organic Wine Sector Report 2021
Today marks the first report to be distributed on the organic wine sector here in Aotearoa, as announced by BioGro NZ. Certifying more than 98% of the organic wine industry, they demonstrate exponential growth over the past two decades, with an increase of 300% over the past 10 years.
The organic wine sector is valued at $ 65 million *, which represents almost 10% of the total organic market and is ranked third as one of the largest organic sectors here in New Zealand.
“This growth is driven by passionate winegrowers and winemakers who are enthusiastic about creating delicious wines and being good stewards of their land,” said Jared White, Chief Audit Executive of BioGro NZ and Member of the Board of Directors of Organic Winegrowers New Zealand.
“These new data help to complete the picture of the certified organic viticulture industry, which we hope can be used for further research and benchmarking as we continue to grow and expand.” .
As noted, organic wineries are heavily centralized in Marlborough, followed by Central Otago, with a particular focus on the production of Pinot Noir followed by Sauvignon Blanc. The report also references the region by variety, providing some fascinating information.
“As a community, it’s inspiring to see organic winemakers sharing their knowledge, research and ideas to help others thrive. We are confident that providing this information will enable the industry to make informed decisions as consumer demand for organic products continues to soar ”.
Organic wine is a trending commodity around the world, and many New Zealand wines are hitting international shelves proudly displaying their organic status. The organic wine market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10.7% * from 2020 to 2027, expanding the already considerable opportunities for organic wine growers. New Zealand wine already has a positive reputation internationally, and organic certification allows these producers to go further by showing their commitment to producing a wine of excellence with low impact on the terroir.
“We have been working with organic winegrowers since our creation in 1983, some of whom are still certified with us today. This network has encouraged the conversion of 235 vineyards to organic certification, where no synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides are used ”.
“Consumers continue to look for products with low environmental impact. We are confident that as demand increases and the significant environmental benefits of organic production are better understood, we will continue to see the number of registrations increase ”.
The full report can be downloaded from the BioGro website – www.biogro.co.nz/biogro-organic-reports
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