ITALY ranks with Spain and France as one of the world’s three most important sources of organic wine.

ITALY REGIONS

Abruzzo. / Alto Adige. / Aosta. / Apulia (Puglia). Basilicata. / Calabria. / Campania. / Emilia-Romagna. / Friuli-Venezia Giulia. / Lazio (Latium). / Lombardia (Lombardy). / Liguria. / Marche. / Molise. / Sardegna (Sardinia). / Sicilia (Sicily). / Piemonte (Piedmont). / Toscana (Tuscany). / Trentino. / Umbria. / Veneto.

ITALY ORGANICS & BIODYNAMICS

AIAB. / AMAB. / Demeter Italia

ITALY ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC WINE DATA

2018 In October 2018 Demeter Italia certified around 400 hectares (990 acres) of vineyards, over half of which was controlled by members of the Orsogna co-op in Abruzzo. Other significant Italian wine producers were Lageder (Alto Adige) with 40 hectares and Nuova Cappellata (Piemonte) with around 35 hectares.

2017 In December 2017 Demeter Italia certified around 300 hectares (741 acres) of vineyards as Biodynamic from around 70 producers, of which around 50 estate bottled and 20 consigned their grapes to co-operatives.

2016 In 2016 Italy had 66,133 hectares (163,348 acres) of certified organic vines plus another 37,412 hectares (92,408 acres) in conversion making a total of 103,545 hectares (255,756 acres) overall. My calculation is that in 2016 over 11% of the Italian vineyard was certified organic or Biodynamic. The leading Italian regions for organic wine-growing were Sicily (Sicilia), Calabria, and Tuscany (Toscana).

2015 In 2015 Italy had 53,901 hectares (133,135 acres) of certified organic vines plus another 29,741 hectares (73,460 acres) in conversion making a total of 83,642 hectares (206,596 acres) overall according to SINAB, Italy’s office for agricultural statistics.

2014 In 2014 Italy had 46,901 hectares (115,845 acres) of certified organic vines plus another 25,460 hectares (62,886 acres) in conversion making a total of 72,361 hectares (178,731 acres) overall according to SINAB, Italy’s office for agricultural statistics.

2013 In 2013 Italy had 44,174 hectares (109,110 acres) of certified organic vines plus another 23,763 hectares (58,695 acres) in conversion making a total of 67,937 hectares (167,804 acres) overall according to SINAB, Italy’s office for agricultural statistics (‘Bio in chiffre’ September 2014, p10). This represented a rise of 18.5% on the previous year. 

The regional breakdown was was follows: Sicily 25,153 hectares (38% of the national total), Puglia 10,604 hectares (14%), Sardinia 1,269 hectares, Calabria 2,355 hectares, Tuscany 8,748 hectares (13% of the national total), Latium 1.519 hectares, Emilia Romagna 2,574 hectares, Marche 3,787 hectares, Basilicata 708 hectares, Piemonte 1,254 hectares, Campania 706 hectares, Umbria 740 hectares, Abruzzo 3,385 hectares, Lombardy 1,197 hectares, Veneto 2,405 hectares, Trentino-Alto Adige 477 hectares, Molise 291 hectares, Friuli Venezia Giulia 709 hectares, Liguria 37 hectares, and 19 hectares Valle d’Aosta hectares. 

2012 In 2012 Italy had 36,937 hectares (91,235 acres) of certified organic vines plus another 20,410 hectares (50,412 acres) in conversion making a total of 57,347 hectares (141,647 acres) overall according to SINAB, Italy’s office for agricultural statistics.

2011 In 2011 Italy had 34,077 hectares (84,170 acres) of certified organic vines plus another 18,735 hectares (46,275 acres) in conversion making a total of 52,812 hectares (130,455 acres) overall according to SINAB, Italy’s office for agricultural statistics.

2010 In 2010 Italy had 32,733 hectares (80,850 acres) of certified organic vines plus another 9,566 hectares (23,628 acres) in conversion making a total of 42,999 hectares (104,479 acres) overall according to SINAB, Italy’s office for agricultural statistics.

ITALY HISTORIC EVENTS

4000BC-earliest traces of wine-growing in Italy. / 1702 Napoleon invades Italy. /  

ITALY EDUCATIONAL & TRADE BODIES

Federvini. / FIVI. / Italian Trade Agency (ICE). / Unione Italiana Vini. / VinItaly International Academy. / 

ITALY WINE FAIRS

VinItaly. /

BIBLIOGRAPHY

‘Bio in Chiffre 2014’, Sistema d’Informazione nazionale sull’agricoltura biologica.