Organic viticulture has been practiced in Champagne since the 1970s, first by seven pioneering winegrowers: Jacques BEAUFORT (Ambonnay), Jean BLIARD (Hautvillers), Serge FAUST (Vandières), Roger FRANSORET (Mancy), Georges LAVAL (Cumières), Yves RUFFFIN (Avenay Val d'Or), and Pierre THOMAS (Oger).

It has been officially recognized in France since 1981 and a real enthusiasm for this method of cultivation only appears from the 2000s.

The year 2020, however marked by the health crisis and a significant decline in champagne sales, is a record year in terms of conversion to organic farming, a real turning point taken by professionals in the appellation. The interest in this environmental certification, initially driven by the winegrowers, is now confirmed by that of the cooperatives and Champagne Houses.

At the end of 2020, organic champagne production concerns 420 estates and 1,925 hectares of vines, including 1,366 hectares in conversion. The organic vineyard now represents 2.8% of Champagne estates and 5.8% of the Champagne appellation area.

If these figures are still much lower than those of other appellations, they correspond to an increase in surface area of 79% compared to 2019. (As a reminder, 14% of French vineyards are grown in AB in 2019.)

Chiffres 2020 de l'Observatoire Régional de l'Agriculture Biologique.

Organic Viticulture in Champagne in 2020

Sources : ORAB Bio en Grand EST – AGENCE BIO

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Find the complete list of winemakers engaged in organic certification on the website of the Bio Agency: / List of Organic Champagnes Producers members of the ACB