Bordeaux’s St.-Emilion Wine Region Will Require Sustainable Vineyard Farming; Suzanne Mustacich; Wine Spectator


France – Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion

All of Bordeaux’s St.-Emilion wines will be made from sustainable, organic or biodynamic vineyards starting with the 2019 vintage. The local wine council is mandating sustainable farming, and other Bordeaux areas are taking notice.

New provision guarantees grapes from four Right Bank appellations will be farmed using organic, biodynamic or other sustainable methods.

Starting with the 2019 vintage, every bottle of St.-Emilion wine will have been made from grapes grown with sustainable farming methods, such as organic or biodynamic viticulture. The local wine council for four Bordeaux appellations has passed a measure mandating sustainable farming. Any wine not farmed sustainably may only be bottled as generic Bordeaux.

The decision impacts nearly 3.85 million cases of wine made annually within the St.-Emilion, St.-Emilion Grand Cru, Lussac St.-Emilion and Puisseguin St.-Emilion appellations. The bold move has sparked interest from other appellations and builds on St.-Emilion’s existing environmental initiatives.

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