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The 2012 vintage is the first for which the "European Implementing Regulation on Organic Wine" (203/2012), or EU Organic Wine Regulation for short, applies. This so-called cellar directive defines how a wine must be produced in order to be marketed as organic wine and to bear the EU organic label. Before that, there were only legal regulations for organic viticulture, but not for wine production according to organic criteria. Wine from organic cultivation could only be marketed as "wine from organically produced grapes", the designation "organic wine" or "eco-wine" was not permitted and did not even exist legally. What the cellar directive says exactly is summarised in our magazine article "Implementation of the EU Organic Wine Regulation".

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