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Hall Millésime Bio: all about organic wines

Everybody recognize the importance of France as a leading producer of wine worldwide. Well, this country also adds to the focus on organic farming and the best reflection of this phenomenon is the production of organic wines. So from 25 to 27 January 2010, the city of Montpellier, France, will held the17th edition of the room Millésime Bio.

The success of BIO 2009 Millésime room not only reflects the tastes of consumers for the quality of its food and for the environment, but also the vitality of the event, the professionalism of the organizers and the adequacy of the Exhibition Center Exhibition of Montpellier as its place of celebration.

Both visitors and exhibitors are supporting the principles of the show organizers:

The show organizers hope to keep the quality of services that have so far endorsed its success:

  • Cordials human relations: eco-lunch offered to visitors.
  • Stands turnkey same characteristics (a simple table, white tablecloth, cups, paper ...).
  • No ranking: not by country or by name or by type of wine, in order to encourage the visitor to discover new wines.

Like every year, in the 2010 edition, the only difference, mark the wine!

Edition 2010: South of France

In the 2010 edition, the Languedoc-Roussillon region is renewing its financial support in order to increase the visibility of regional food products, whose quality and organic origin represent a real added value. And all this, so that this room will become the meeting point for industry professionals worldwide. Since 2007, the Region has gone to plan wine around € 12.3 million

First agricultural specialty in Languedoc-Roussillon, the wine brand identity strongly in this region and plays a key role in the management of its territory. First wine-growing region in the world with an output of 13 million hectoliters in 2008, about 275,000 hectares in vines, 25,000 grape growers, 270 wine cooperatives and over 3,700 private wineries.

By restructuring the so-called "Wine Plan" adopted by the Regional Council in July 2007, Languedoc-Roussillon want to support this sector, which was in many difficulties, in its profound transformation necessary for the preservation. That is why Languedoc-Roussillon has engaged in an ambitious program to make known, and therefore better regional wines sell in any market, whether regional, national or international, thanks to this appeal. "Sud de France" applies also to all food products of equal quality of Languedoc-Roussillon, and of course tourism.

Millésime Bio: a must for practitioners of organic wines

For some years, internationalising Millésime Bio is patent. The 2009 edition, largely confirmed this development, by hosting numerous exhibitors and buyers in Europe, North America and Asia: 27% more exhibitors and 50% more visitors in 2009/2008!

In 2010 the city of Montpellier will be again for a few days the "global epicenter of organic wine", with the presence of about 400 exhibitors (growers and marketers, of which a ¼ is foreigners).

This diversity of countries and companies make Millésime Bio represented at an event unavoidable for those buyers want to know the international offer eco-wines.

Agenda 2010

Monday 25 (from 10h00 to 19h00), Saturday 26, (from 9h00 to 19h00), and Wednesday 27 January (9.30 am to 17.00 pm): tastings at the various booths, meetings with growers and marketers of organic market.

Monday, January 25th, 2010
Opening of the hall in the presence of representatives of the Council
Regional, and others.

20h30: Evening of Wine growers, awards ceremony for the Bio Millésime Challenge Competition 2010.

Tuesday, January 26th and Wednesday, January 27th, 2010: Conferences

The organizers, The AIVB-LR

AIVB-LR Interprofessional Association of Organic Wines of Languedoc-Roussillon is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1991 and grouping, currently holds 100 individuals, 4 wineries committed to cooperative farming, and as 11 marketing companies (specialized in packaging and distribution of organic wines only, or mixed).

AIVB-LR Objectives:

  • Promotion of Communication of wines from organic farming.
  • Technical Council partners on viticulture, wine making, regulation and quality.
  • Representation and advocacy of its members and the name AE (Agriculture
  • Organic) to the authorities.

Events organized by the AIVB-LR:

Millésime Bio 

The LR AIVB-founded the Bio Millésime room in 1993.
Although it initially only exposed some producers in the Languedoc-Roussillon, this room has progressively achieved an international dimension.
In 2010, will house about 400 exhibitors (growers and marketers), of which a ¼ cent are foreigners.

Bio Millésime Contest Challenge 

During Millésime Bio 2008 saw the launch of the competition "Millésime Bio Challenge", for organic wines from every denomination of origin and / or global production region. Since its 2nd edition in 2009, Challenge has Millésime Bio vocation as a great international competition: the jury about 500 samples tasted!.

Bio Competition

The AIVB-LR also organizes every spring, the regional contest "Signature Bio", reserved for organic wines in the French region of Languedoc-Roussillon.
The AIVB-LR is integrated in the Regional Federation of Organic Agriculture Languedoc-Roussillon (Frabo-LR).

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The French region of Languedoc-Roussillon supports organic farming

Languedoc-Roussillon can boast of having become the 1st French region of organic wine producer with 4429 ha., And 3,908 ha. in conversion, i.e. approximately 3.2% of land under vines. Thus, many farmers are in a period of transition to organic farming, particularly in viticulture, which currently has 542 farms. With growth of 32% per year, the dynamism of this sector is linked to the initiatives of regional firms and import-export, are achieved significant market shares both in France and abroad, and thus allowing for a wide range of organic wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon.

Organic farming represents an asset for this region for sustainable development planning.

In the years 2007 and 2008, Languedoc-Roussillon is invested in agriculture of about 1.2 M € per year. In 2009, the region has brought even further financial commitment through the appellate "Sud de France" products "Organic Farming". Languedoc-Roussillon makes a solid and voluntary action that contributes to the strategy for biodiversity.
The region also displays a comprehensive program of development of organic farming including the organization of producers, annual certification of farms and the accompaniment of projects of farmers and enterprises. On the other hand, the region promotes other programs of research and experimentation, innovative activities, for example, the development of organic farming in those areas where water quality is a major challenge, and mass demonstrations to promote organic products.

Today, Organic Farming in Languedoc-Roussillon represents 5% of the agricultural area with diversified production vineyards and wine export, lettuce, green peaches and nectarines, thereby providing a leading position in France.
Remunerative market, organic wines enjoyed the European Ecolabel AE, and subjected to constant demand from consumers, always concerned about the quality of the diet. The Languedoc-Roussillon features ample and rich landscapes that favor the development of an environmentally friendly viticulture and biodiversity, profitable for producers, and above all, supported by consumers.

Millesime Bio Challenge: the international competition

Bio Millésime Challenge is an international competition of the World Hall Wines of the Organic Farming Millésime Bio. Organized by the AIVB-LR, is held every year in November. Organic wines from any country may participate, produced in accordance with European regulations for organic farming in force, and from the second year of conversion. Certification AE (Organic Agriculture) of each sample participant is tested rigorously.

The third edition of Bio Millésime Challenge competition took place in mid November in the cellar Cellier du Mas de Saporta (Lattes, 34,875, France) chaired by Viviane Thibault (wine buyer - Biocoop).

Objectives of competition:

  • To publicize the quality of wines originating from organic farming both professionals and the general public.
  • Encouraging growers to seek permanent quality. The contest is to identify the best wines among the exhibitors and products with better value for money.

The concept:

Every year, hundreds of samples fall in competition. The wines are selected by color (red, pink, white, dessert, sparkling), by country and by major production regions. The jury is chaired by a reputable technician. Jurors also are wine professionals (sommeliers, brokers, traders, importers ...), as well as winemakers.
The samples are submitted anonymously and the tasting is done "blind". The jury for the typical characteristics of the wine but rather that is relevant from the standpoint of organoleptic. Jury's Special Mention was awarded to the best wine among those who were awarded gold medals.


Get a medal in the Bio Millésime Challenge contest is a commercial asset face value for buyers, winemakers, marketers, importers ... and that this contest has:

  • Reputation regional, national and international levels.
  • Total impartiality, as the tastings are conducted "blind".
  • Management and rapid dissemination of results.

What is an "eco-wine"?

The wine from Organic Farming: an authentic product, subject to strict criteria.
Terms like "wine from vineyards to organic farming" because by the time the legislation only refers to the method of producing vines. In July 2010 this policy should change. In fact, the European Commission is currently studying different organic wine rules, based on the work of the expert group Orwin program.
In Europe, production of wine Organic Farming is guaranteed by European regulations (EEC 2092/91) of 24 June 1991, which requires:

  • Report the activity to the public administration (in France, the Agence Bio);
  • Cultivating vineyards without synthetic chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides);
  • Implement the rules of organic farming for 3 years before we can indicate
  • labeled as "wine made from vines of Organic Farming;
  • Possess a certificate from the authorized body. The control rate of organic wine is now one of the highest of all agricultural production systems. Each year, the certification bodies involved in both mandatory annual check, as another random, without notice.
  • In France, from 1 July 2005, organic wine bottles look on the label the logo "AB" (Agriculture Biologique) and controlled by the certifying body.

Organic Wine: a genuine product

Growers valued ecological interactions between the vines, soil and climate, by using environmentally friendly methods.

The input of organic matter to soil fertility and contributing to the structural stability of the ground, to combat erosion and runoff, as well as increased rooting of the vines.

The absence of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers produced from fossil fuels greatly reduces the risk of contamination and allows this production much more energy saving.

Winemaking techniques seek minimal use of oenological products in order to stay as faithful as possible to the vines. Stamps of denomination of European origin and French products from organic farming.

Organic Wine: a quality product

Organic wine is a wine of quality as is shown by the many medals won by the organic growers in conventional wine competitions.

Organic Wine: an accessible product

Price differences between conventional and organic products have been reduced to great excitement of consumers. Today it is possible to find organic wines in different circuits (wineries, specialty shops, department stores) at very reasonable prices.

In addition, almost all types of wine (white, red, rosé, sparkling, naturally sweet) and all ranges (AOC designation of origin, came from the earth are ....), VDP products as organic seal .

Agriculture and ecological consumption: global trends

In France

According to the latest Barometer 2009 of the Agence Bio, turnover in 2008 of organic food market in France reached € 2,600 million (+62% since 2005). This market has experienced a structural annual increase of around 10% between 1999 and 2005, even more pronounced since 2006, without distinguishing sectors.
To meet this demand, more and more French farmers who decide to convert their holdings into organic products: +36.4% of surfaces in 2008/2007 transformation to 13,300 producers (+11%), ie 2.6% of French farms.

Organic viticulture

Represents 17% of farms, certified or in conversion. The organic vineyard is continuing its strong progression: +25.2% in 2008/2007, over 50% at 2 years, which resulted in 2008 more than 3% of French wine-growing areas.
According to Agence Bio, eco-wine represented 10% of sales of organic products in 2008. It is the organic product that is experiencing the highest rate of uptake: 29% of consumers are for less than a year.
In 2008 the turnover of the organic wine industry in France (excluding exports) was
estimated at 254 million euro.

The implementation of the government plan "Agriculture Biologique”: Horizon 2012 (Organic Agriculture: Horizon 2012), which sets a target of 6% of agricultural land devoted to EC (now a little over 3%) should lead to an increase Fast surface and volume of business.


According to IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements), without distinguishing branches, AE (Organic farming) had at the end of 2007 a total of 32.3 million ha., Namely that the area has tripled worldwide certified between 1999 and 2007 and interfacing with 1,219,000 farms. Its global turnover has also tripled in that same period, reaching around 32,000 million euro.
97% of organic products consumed in Europe and North America. In Europe, major markets are in Germany, Italy, France and the UK.

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3 Reviews about Hall Millésime Bio: all about organic wines
on 23/04/2015
I bet that was such an interesting event! I actually went to a bioorganic farm in California that made wine, and they grew everything in the entire process, and even used animals to "mow" their pastures. Everything thing came around full circle, and it was very interesting to see.
on 01/06/2014
is there anyway to have tickets to this? or there is another event that is in europe, I would like to visit it!
on 08/05/2013
Good information, I want to assist to one of those fairs and see all the products that bio makers can produce, well it?s good to know all the results that these events have worldwide and the implementation of the courses is something very useful for all the human beings

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