ALSACE in eastern France is one of the world’s true hotspots for organic, Biodynamic and natural wine-growing, data for which are immediately below. The region’s Biodynamic, natural, organic and conventional wineries are listed under Alsace’s two departments of Haut-Rhin and Bas-Rhin.

ALSACE’S VINEYARD SURFACE AREA–ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC

In 2017 Alsace had X hectares (X acres) of productive vineyard (Source: CIVA.) Of this, 2,551 hectares had full organic certification or were in conversion. Of this, 880 hectares were also certified Biodynamic by either Demeter (50 estates) or the SIVCBD (18 estates), with 8 estate having both Demeter and SIVCBD (‘Biodyvin’) certification. 

In 2016 Alsace had X hectares (X acres) of productive vineyard (Source: CIVA.) Of this 2,173 hectares (5,215 acres) had full organic or Biodynamic certification and 223 hectares (551 acres) were in conversion (Source: OPABA 2017). The 2,396 hectares (5,918 acres) total represented % of the Alsace vineyard.

In 2015 Alsace had 15,600 hectares (38,532 acres) of productive vineyard (Source: CIVA.) Of this 2,078 hectares (5,132 acres) had full organic or Biodynamic certification and 281 hectares (694 acres) were in conversion (Source: OPABA 2017). The 2,359 hectares (5,918 acres) total represented 15.1% of the Alsace vineyard.

In 2014 Alsace had 15,545 hectares (38,396 acres) of productive vineyard (Source: CIVA.) Of this 1,979 hectares (4,888 acres) had full organic or Biodynamic certification and 307 hectares (758 acres) were in conversion (Source: OPABA 2017). The 2,286 hectares (5,646 acres) total represented 14.7% of the Alsace vineyard.

In 2013 Alsace had 15,527 hectares (38,351 acres) of productive vineyard (Source: CIVA.) Of this 1,759 hectares (4,334 acres) had full organic or Biodynamic certification and 447 hectares (1,104 acres) were in conversion (Source: OPABA 2017). The 2,206 hectares (5,448 acres) total represented 14.2% of the Alsace vineyard.

In 2012 Alsace had 15,503 hectares (38,292 acres) of productive vineyard (Source: CIVA.) Of this 1,541 hectares (3,806 acres) had full organic or Biodynamic certification and 585 hectares (1,445 acres) were in conversion (Source: OPABA 2017). The 2,126 hectares (5,251 acres) total represented 13.7% of the Alsace vineyard.

In 2011 Alsace had 15,557 hectares (38,425 acres) of productive vineyard (Source: CIVA.) Of this 1,295 hectares (3,198 acres) had full organic or Biodynamic certification and 767 hectares (1,894 acres) were in conversion  (Source: OPABA 2017). The 2,062 hectares (5,093 acres) total represented 13.2% of the Alsace vineyard.

In 2010 Alsace had 15,548 hectares (38,403 acres) of productive vineyard. (Source: CIVA.) Of this 1,031 hectares (2,546 acres) had full organic or Biodynamic certification and 695 hectares (1,716 acres) were in conversion (Source: OPABA 2017). The 1,726 hectares (4,263 acres) total represented 11.1% of the Alsace vineyard.

In 2009 Alsace had 15,570 hectares (38,458 acres) of productive vineyard (Source: CIVA.) Of this 809 hectares (1,998 acres) had full organic or Biodynamic certification and 622 hectares (1,536 acres) were in conversion (Source: OPABA 2017). The 1,431 hectares (3,534 acres) total represented 9.2% of the Alsace vineyard.

In 2008 Alsace had 15,535 hectares (38,371 acres) of productive vineyard. (Source: CIVA.) Of this 780 hectares (1,926 acres) had full organic or Biodynamic certification and 481 hectares (1,188 acres) were in conversion (Source: OPABA 2017). The 1,261 hectares (3,114 acres) total represented 8.1% of the Alsace vineyard.

In 2007 Alsace had 15,448 hectares (38,156 acres) of productive vineyard (Source: CIVA.) Of this 665 hectares (1,642 acres) had full organic or Biodynamic certification and 353 hectares (872 acres) were in conversion (Source: OPABA 2017). The 1,018 hectares (2,514 acres) total represented 6.5% of the Alsace vineyard. 

In 2006 Alsace had 15,298 hectares (37,786 acres) of productive vineyard (Source: CIVA.) Of this 559 hectares (1,381 acres) had full organic or Biodynamic certification and 207 hectares (511 acres) were in conversion. The 829 hectares (2,047 acres) total represented 5.4% of the Alsace vineyard (Source: OPABA 2017).

In 2005 Alsace had 15,305 hectares (37,803 acres) of productive vineyard (Source: CIVA.) 

In 2004 Alsace had 15,230 hectares (37,618 acres) of productive vineyard (Source: CIVA.) 

In 2003 Alsace had 15,082 hectares (37,252 acres) of productive vineyard (Source: CIVA.) 

In 2002 Alsace had 14,956 hectares (36,941 acres) of productive vineyard (Source: CIVA.) 

In 2001 Alsace had 14,748 hectares (36,427 acres) of productive vineyard (Source: CIVA.)

In 1997 there were ‘7,000 growers in Alsace of which 2,000 own over two hectares [4.9 acres] and slightly over 1,000 growers bottle their own production. Of these, 220 are responsible for 85% of the volume. Average vineyard holdings are under one hectare (2.47 acres),’ (abridged from Joan Schatzberg, June 1997).

BIBLIOGRAPHY

CIVA, Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace.

Joan Schatzberg, ‘Movers & Shakers’, Wine & Spirit International, June 1997

OPABA, Observatoire Régional de l’Agriculture Biologique en Alsace, Chiffres 2016, Edition 2017.