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Richmond Plains wins at Sydney International Wine Competition.

01 MAR  2012

Richmond Plains has won the Trophy for the best Sauvignon Blanc at the 2012 Sydney International Wine Competition.

Richmond Plains Sauvignon Blanc 2011 from Nelson was awarded the Trophy ahead of other top gold medal winning wines from around the world. This is also the first New Zealand organic and biodynamic wine to be awarded this major honour at this show.

"We were very excited to be awarded a Gold Medal and to be selected as one of the top 100 entrants to this show (which is limited to 2000 entries from around the world) as well as being awarded a Blue Gold for excellence in food and wine matching. Wining the Trophy is certainly the icing on the cake" said owner Lars Jensen.

The Sydney Show differs from many as it not only awards the best tasting wines, they are also judged to find out which wines best match food. The Blue Gold is awarded for food matching. The Richmond Plains Sauvignon Blanc was paired with Celebrity Chef Michael Manner's goats curd tartlet with asparagus and herbs.

This is the second International Trophy in a row for consecutive Sauvignon Blanc vintages awarded to Richmond Plains. Its 2010 Sauvignon Blanc was awarded the Trophy for Best of Show Organic & Biodynamic wine at the Hong Kong International Wine Challenge in 2011.

"We are thrilled to win this trophy for our wine and it is wonderful recognition for all the hard work the team puts into making our wine" said winemaker Steve Gill. "We strive hard to work With Nature in our organic and biodynamic vineyards to produce balanced wines that not only taste great but are good for you and the environment"

Established in 1991 and exclusively organic since inception, this small family vineyard in Nelson is an organic and biodynamic specialist - the first New Zealand winery to achieve both certifications. Richmond Plains produced New Zealand's first ever Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Blanc de Noir from certified organic and biodynamic grapes.

FIVE, Organic Wine Fair Pamplona

29 FEB  2012

FIVE, the 3rd International Organic Wine Fair, will take place in April in Pamplona Wine importers from 13 countries, some of which are traditional consumers of organic wines, have confirmed their presence. Among the wide selection for tasting, there are wines produced from old vines, seldom seen on the open market. Buyers from emerging nations, such as Brazil and Mexico, are expected to attend.

FIVE is celebrating its 3rd International Organic Wine Fair, which promises to be one of the major vinicultural events of the coming spring. On the 17th and 18th of April wineries from Spain, Portugal and Southwest France will present their organic wines to specialists and professionals from the trade. The event, which aims to be the showcase for organic wines in the Iberian peninsula, will present top-quality wines, some of them produced from native vines seldom used in the commercial production of wine. Highlighting its international flavour, the fair aims to increase the number of participating countries, both buyers and visitors. In this year's fair, not only will there be importers present from 13 traditional countries, it is also hoped to attract buyers from emerging countries such as Brazil and Mexico. Last year some fifty organic wineries from Spain, Portugal and Southwest France used FIVE to exhibit their products to buyers from almost 20 countries. The fair also boasted a large selection of buyers from Spain.

FIVE is a professional fair, aimed at the different sectors of the wine trade. It is organised by organic wineries which are members of AEN (Association of Organic Agricultural Businesses of Navarre - Spain). The fair aims to be a showcase for regional wines, from an area with a great wine-producing tradition and a wealth of varieties and production techniques. On previous occasions visitors have encountered wines of character with differentiated tastes and fragrances. Some are produced from native vines not usually used in commercial production, others are biodynamic and organic wines. On organic wine-production in Spain The production of organic wine in Spain has shown signs of constant growth. The number of organic wineries has increased considerably: 408 from 2009, to 456 last year. Catalonia is the region which has seen the biggest increase in production, going from 86 to 108 organic wineries in the same period. The quality of these wines has also been a feature; many have won prizes in conventional wine-tasting competitions, as is the case of Lezaun and Aroa wineries (both from Navarre).

This 3rd FIVE fair is committed to promoting the best of organic wine in both the international and national markets. The fair will take place on April 17th and 18th in the Puerta del Camino Hotel in Pamplona and will join up once again with the National Organic Wines Competition in Estella. On the second day, the fair will hold a winetasting open to the public. The wines will be accompanied by traditional snacks, also organic, known as "tapas".

BIOFACH : Most awards for Spain

20 FEB  2012

Spain has emerged as the leader in the world's largest organic wine competition, winning 50 medals, followed by Germany and France. About 600 wines were entered in the 3rd annual Mundus Vini BioFach International Organic Wine Award, which were sampled over a two-day blind tasting session by a jury of international wine experts.

While Spain won 50 medals in total, Germany followed close behind with 47, followed by France which won 39 medals, and Italy which won 38.

Meanwhile, Australia also pulled off a strong performance, as two Aussie Shiraz labels were awarded the "Special Gold" award, for being the most impressive among judges.

Rollingdale best organic winery

28 JAN  2012

A West Kelowna winery has been chosen as the best organic winery in 2010 over several prominent U.S. organic operations.

Rollingdale Winery was selected as the best organic winery in 2010 by users of the American website Organic Wine Review. Rollingdale proprietor Steve Dale said the winery is one of only two operations in British Columbia recognized as fully organic, the other being Summerhill Pyramid Winery.

The Organic Wine Review site looks at organic wines from around the world, and several high scores are required for a winery to even be nominated. Rollingdale carried the honour over three California wineries and Sokol Blosser of Oregon.

"There's some big name competition," noted Dale. The West Kelowna winery also drew runner-up recognition for its 2007 Pinot Noir Icewine as one of the best organic wines last year. Dale said while Rollingdale produced ice wine their first five years in existence, they have held off on producing the winter-harvested vintages over the last couple of years. Despite this, Dale added Rollingdale has received their highest reviews on their icewines in particular.

Return To Terroir 2012 in NYC

19 JAN  2012

Return To Terroir will take place in NYC on February 27th, at the Altman Building from 11-5PM. 70 wineries will be attendance and Nicolas Joly will give a presentation "The Urgent Need For Biodynamics" at 1pm.

The event is for trade and press only, though there will be dinners and tastings around the city open to the public. We'll let you know those when they are announced.

De Martino "Winery of the Year"

18 JAN  2012

De Martino was chosen as "Winery of the Year" at the 9th Annual Wines of Chile Awards held on November 17th at Casas de Lo Matta in Santiago, Chile. Unique methods of wine production coupled with their commitment to decreasing their carbon footprint were determining factors in selecting De Martino for this important award. "We have always sought the highest standard of quality for our wines, but have never compromised our deep respect for the vineyards and their surrounding environments," commented Marco Antonio De Martino, Commercial Manager at the winery.

One of the largest organic wine producers in Chile, De Martino was the first certified carbon-neutral winery in South America. Their commitment to preserving their land includes measuring their water usage to reduce their environmental impact and producing wines that accurately represent Chile's uniqueness.

Chief Winemaker, Marcelo Retamal, is constantly searching for new and exciting terroirs. "Being recognized as "Winery of the Year" is a great incentive for all of us at De Martino, as it motivates us to continue our quest for innovation and, above all, to produce wines which accurately represent their place of origin," stated Retamal. As a result of their continuous experimentation, they have become specialists in the cultivation of high altitude vineyards in the Andes mountain range, such as those in the Choapa and Elqui Valleys. It has also challenged itself to restore old vineyards in the Maule Valley.

Family-owned since it was founded in 1934, De Martino has been a pioneer in South American winemaking, being the first to accomplish many feats. From its certification as carbon-neutral to bottling Carmenere in its purity. They continue to strive for more without sacrificing their principles.

Whole Foods and Organic Wine

10 JAN  2012

AUSTIN, Texas - Whole Foods Market here has expanded its organic wine offerings and become the first national retailer to carry USDA-certified organic NSA (no sulfites added) wines from Italy and Spain.

The imports come from Bodegas Iranzo, Spain's oldest estate-bottle winery, and La Cantina Pizzolato, Italy's top-selling organic winery. Varieties include Spartico Organic Tempranillo and La Cantina Pizzolato Organic Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Rosso Convento. All are priced under $13.

"We see more and more interest in these wines from wine enthusiasts who believe NSA wines provide the most pure expression of the grape and from those who have sulfite sensitivities and allergies," said Geof Ryan, national wine buyer for Whole Foods, in a statement.

Approximately 10 to 20 wines per Whole Foods location are organic NSA wines. The retailer sources domestic varieties from Roule Rouge in Northern California, and Frey Vineyards in Mendocino County, Calif., which produces such wines as an organic red, white and rose as well as true varietals like organic chardonnay and petite syrah.

Millesime Bio 2012

4 JAN  2012

The 19th edition of Millesime Bio will take place at the Exhibition Centre of Montpellier in France from 23 to 25 January 2012. It is a professional, international trade fair solely exhibiting wines made from organically grown grapes, which was created in 1993 and has since then been organised by the Languedoc-Roussillon Inter-professional Association of Organic Wines (AIVB-LR).

Simple turnkey stands are all identical - the difference is the wine. The fair will also feature self-service wine-tasting areas (Enoteca and Challenge Millesime Bio award-winning wines) as well as internet cafes and meeting areas. Conferences on the organic wine market will also take place, and quality food made from organic produce will be served.

560 exhibitors displayed their wine to 3,200 visitors in 2011. Wine buyers came from 39 countries, including Northern Europe, the USA, Canada and Japan. Importers, wine retailers, wholesalers, restaurants owners were among them.

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