We are glad to share with you our mention in the Herald Bulletin!
of organic products.
Ivo Nardi, one of Italy’s leading organic wine producers, makes the Italian sparkling wine
Prosecco and has become one of that nation’s organic farming method leaders.
Nardi’s Perlage label was one of 587 at Millesime Bio organic trade wine fair in Montpellier,
France, on Jan. 23-25. I attended the wine fair as part of a press trip sponsored by AIVB, the
French Languedoc wine region trade association.
The Millesime Bio is in its 19th year. It’s an international trade show allowing wineries to
connect directly to importers from countries around the world. All participating wineries are
certified organic by their national governing bodies to be eligible for participation.
Nardi and his brother, Claudio, have run Perlage since its founding in 1985. Prosecco is the far
northeastern region about an hour from Venice.
The Nardi brothers began to use organic farming techniques in their vineyards from the very
beginning. In 2005, Perlage began working in biodynamic agricultural practices.
A basic understanding of organic versus sulfite-free is necessary for U.S. consumers. The Food
and Drug Administration has ruled, as recently as Dec. 2010, that wines sold in the U.S. can
only be called organic if they are 100 percent sulfite free. Most European standards allow some
use of sulfites to preserve the wine.
Therefore, a bottle of European wine will be labeled “produced with organically grown grapes”
if it’s sold in the United States. And that’s a point that doesn’t set well with European
producers. Still, European organic growers use the absolute minimum sulfites needed.