Spain number 1 in world organic wine production rankings

by Lorraine Williamson
artisanal wines

The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has commissioned an extensive analysis of the organic farming sector in Spain. It appears that the demand for organic products is growing. Although while Spaniards are buying more organic produce, they still drink little organic wine.

The published report on organic farming emphasises that the sector is experiencing intensive growth. A trend that continues, driven by a rising demand for organic products.

Wine, cereals, olives, fruit

When it comes to organic winegrowing, Spain occupies the first place in the world ranking, accounting for 26.88% of world production. Spain also leads the world in the production of organic cereals, olives and fruit.

Growth of nearly 7%

Specifically, with over 113,000 hectares, organic viticulture accounted for 5.15% of the total organic production in Spain in 2019, representing a growth of 6.94% compared to the previous year. Only in fruit and horticultural products was the growth even higher.

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Grapes number three on the list

Looking at the organic fruit and vegetable production, grapes come in third place (both grapes for wine and grapes for consumption) with a yield of 444,000 tonnes. Nevertheless, organic wine sales only account for 1.5% of total organic purchases in Spain, which means that wine is the least requested organic product by Spanish consumers.

Domestic and foreign market

Spanish consumers’ spending on organic products amounted to some €2,363billion in 2019; an increase of 8.4% over 2019 and about 2.24% of total food consumption in Spain.

Tenth place

Worldwide, Spain ranks tenth in the production of organic products, measured by the total value of organic sales. Total exports of organic products were €995million (an increase of 5.1%), of which organic wine represented 5.5%.

One of the conclusions of the study is that wine, together with olive oil and citrus fruits, is one of the organic products that occupy an important strategic position in the world market.

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