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 2016 Alsace had X hectares (X acres) of productive vineyard.1Source: Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace. Of this 2,173 hectares (5,215 acres) had full organic or Biodynamic certification and 223 hectares (551 acres) were in conversion.2Observatoire Régional de l’Agriculture Biologique en Alsace, Chiffres 2016, Edition 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.3Source: Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace. Of this 2,078 hectares (5,132 acres) had full organic or Biodynamic certification and 281 hectares (694 acres) were in conversion.4Observatoire Régional de l’Agriculture Biologique en Alsace, Chiffres 2016, Edition 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.5Source: Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace. Of this 1,979 hectares (4,888 acres) had full organic or Biodynamic certification and 307 hectares (758 acres) were in conversion.6Observatoire Régional de l’Agriculture Biologique en Alsace, Chiffres 2016, Edition 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.7Source: Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace. Of this 1,759 hectares (4,334 acres) had full organic or Biodynamic certification and 447 hectares (1,104 acres) were in conversion.8Observatoire Régional de l’Agriculture Biologique en Alsace, Chiffres 2016, Edition 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.9Source: Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace. Of this 1,541 hectares (3,806 acres) had full organic or Biodynamic certification and 585 hectares (1,445 acres) were in conversion.10Observatoire Régional de l’Agriculture Biologique en Alsace, Chiffres 2016, Edition 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.11Source: Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace. Of this 1,295 hectares (3,198 acres) had full organic or Biodynamic certification and 767 hectares (1,894 acres) were in conversion.12Observatoire Régional de l’Agriculture Biologique en Alsace, Chiffres 2016, Edition 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.13Source: Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace. Of this 1,031 hectares (2,546 acres) had full organic or Biodynamic certification and 695 hectares (1,716 acres) were in conversion.14Observatoire Régional de l’Agriculture Biologique en Alsace, Chiffres 2016, Edition 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.15Source: Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace. Of this 809 hectares (1,998 acres) had full organic or Biodynamic certification and 622 hectares (1,536 acres) were in conversion.16Observatoire Régional de l’Agriculture Biologique en Alsace, Chiffres 2016, Edition 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.17Source: Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace. Of this 780 hectares (1,926 acres) had full organic or Biodynamic certification and 481 hectares (1,188 acres) were in conversion.18Observatoire Régional de l’Agriculture Biologique en Alsace, Chiffres 2016, Edition 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.19Source: Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace. Of this 665 hectares (1,642 acres) had full organic or Biodynamic certification and 353 hectares (872 acres) were in conversion.20Observatoire Régional de l’Agriculture Biologique en Alsace, Chiffres 2016, Edition 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.21Source: Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace. Of this 559 hectares (1,381 acres) had full organic or Biodynamic certification and 207 hectares (511 acres) were in conversion.22Observatoire Régional de l’Agriculture Biologique en Alsace, Chiffres 2016, Edition 2017. The 829 hectares (2,047 acres) total represented 5.4% of the Alsace vineyard.

In 2005 Alsace had 15,305 hectares (37,803 acres) of productive vineyard.23Source: Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace. In 2004 Alsace had 15,230 hectares (37,618 acres) of productive vineyard.24Source: Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace. In 2003 Alsace had 15,082 hectares (37,252 acres) of productive vineyard.25Source: Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace. In 2002 Alsace had 14,956 hectares (36,941 acres) of productive vineyard.26Source: Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace. In 2001 Alsace had 14,748 hectares (36,427 acres) of productive vineyard.27Source: Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace.

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).’28Abridged from ‘Movers & Shakers’ by Joan Schatzberg, Wine & Spirit International, June 1997.