SIVCBD | Acronymn for the Syndicat International des Vignerons en Culture Bio-Dynamique or the International Syndicat of Biodynamic Wine Growers. This was founded in 1995 by fifteen French wine-growers wanting to create an association specific to Biodynamic wine-growing, and with rules–notably for the winemaking side–which offered more flexibility than those set at that time by Association Demeter France, France’s pioneering organisation certifying Biodynamic farming.

Certification logo | Wines made by SIVCBD-certified wineries carry the ‘Biodyvin’ registered trademark or logo.

Rules | In 2019 Oliver Humbrecht MW told me that Biodyvin is forbidding any merchant activity (buying in grapes of wine) taking place in the same building of a SIVCBD winery unless the purchased grapes or wine are certified either organic or Biodynamic, in the latter case either by the SIVCBD, or by Association Demeter France). Conventionally-grown purchased wines must have been made outside the confines of estates that are Biodyvin members.

Certification | From 2002 certification was introduced as mandatory for SIVCBD member wineries, carried out either by Ecocert sas France (the SIVBCD’s preferred certifier), or by other certifiers. From 2008 certification also included the winemaking side as well as all vineyard practices.

Membership | 1995 Founding year. 15 members. | 2002 20 members. | 2018 137 estates of which 130 are in France, 3 in Italy, 2 in Germany, and one each in Portugal and Switzerland comprising a total of 3,500 hectares (8,645 acres). | 2019 148 wine-grower members, mainly from France, plus estates from Germany, Portugal, Italy, and Switzerland with a combined total of over 3,700 hectares of vines. | 2020 (Feb) 160 wine-grower members, mainly from France, plus estates from Germany, Portugal, Italy, and Switzerland with a combined total of over 4,200 hectares of vines.  

Contact | www.biodyvin.com