Until August 1st, 2012, in the world of wine, organic certification only applied to the agricultural method used for the production of grapes.
The wines produced through these agricultural methods were labeled as:
- « Wine from Organic Agriculture »
- « Wine made from Organically Grown Grapes »
Since August 1st, 2012, the EU Regulations 203/2012 defines what an “Organic Wine” should be, by establishing a list of prohibited or restricted oenological processes and a positive list of authorised additives.
In other words, an "Organic Wine" is both derived from grapes grown according to the principles of Organic Farming, and follows the rules on the specific oenological practices concerning "Organic Wines.
Thus, at Domaine Schmitt & Carrer, you will find wines from grapes being converted to organic farming (without any mention on the label), wines “from Organic Agriculture" and in a few weeks’ time, "Organic Wines "(for the 2012 vintage).