Organic vineyards are on the rise in Italy

Italy continues to experience slow but constant growth in the vineyard surface areas cultivated with organic agricultural methods. In 2012, based on information from the National Information System for Organic Agriculture (SINAB), Italy has reached a level of 57,347 hectares, up 9% compared to 2011. The southern part of the country and the islands, with 34,900 hectares under vines, represents 61% of the organic vineyards in Italy. In particular Sicily, with 16,100 hectares, counts for 28% and Puglia, with almost 10,200 represents 18%. In third place is the Central-North region of Toscana, with 5,900 hectares and 10% share. The rise in organic grape growing last year was due to the emergence of the new product certification category of Organic Wine. European Union Rule 203 in March 2012 defining oenological products and processes authorized for vinification, has extended the organic certification from the raw material (grapes) to the processed product, permitting now even the wine to bear the characteristic organic logo. 

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