MILLESIME BIO 2012: World Organic Farming Wine Fair

Julie ANTOZZI - 13-oct.-2011 08:32:14
Held deep in the heart of Languedoc-Roussillon, France’s leading organic winegrowing region, MILLESIME BIO is a business crossroads putting the spotlight on dialogue and exchanges through a host of conferences and self-serve sampling corners. From now on, the trade fair will be exclusively open to certified organic wines (converted wines are no longer accepted). From January 23rd to 25th, over 600 exhibitors hailing from fifteen countries or so and about 3,200 visitors will be expected in Montpellier. This kind of success confirms the growing passion for organic products.   Strictly reserved for exhibitors certified as organic and coming from all countries and wine-producing regions, and exclusively open to professional buyers, MILLESIME BIO aims at gathering producers from the world over to taste and sample quality wines made from organic farming. Created in 1993 by a handful of winegrowers in Languedoc-Roussillon, MILLESIME BIO brings together every year the world’s leading wine buyers: wholesalers, brokers, wine merchants, sommeliers, catering establishments, importers etc.   The trade fair is the scene of a host of events intended to foster discovery, dialogue and conviviality: self-serve sampling corners, the awarding of diplomas for the “Millésime Bio Challenge" contest, as well as conferences about organic wine and world markets. The “Winegrowers Gala”, featuring an organic cocktail enjoyed to music, and the tasting of wines that received awards at the contest, is also a highlight that illustrates the conviviality found throughout the trade fair.   Last year’s MILLESIME BIO had gathered 560 exhibitors and 3,200 professional visitors, 21.5% of which were foreign.    The "Millésime Bio Challenge" contest: a showcase for excellence A worldwide competition intended to give exposure to the quality of wines made from organic farming, it has been held yearly since 2008 to reward the best organic wines. This year, the jury made of wine professionals will be tasting close to 800 samples. The diplomas will be officially awarded during the January 24th winegrower’s cocktail, where a bar will be especially arranged to help all present taste the winning wines.    Key figures from the French organic wines market: With over 50,000 hectares under organic production mode in France in 2010 against 39,000 hectares in 2009, organic vine growing rose by 28%. The amount of winegrowing farms was up 30% from 3,024 in 2009 to 3,945 in 2010. 3 French regions are among the front runners: Languedoc-Roussillon (16,462 hectares, up 30% over one year), followed by the Provence-Côte d’Azur Region (11,209 hectares, up 25% over one year) and Aquitaine (7,715 hectares, up 41% over one year). On a global scale, France makes a good showing, coming third after Spain and Italy.   For more information:  

Summary of the 18th edition of the Millésime Bio trade fair

Julie ANTOZZI - 06-mars-2011 14:47:09
The 18th edition of the Millésime Bio organic wine trade fair organised by the AIVB-LR (Languedoc-Roussillon Organic Wine Trade Association) was held at the Montpellier Exhibition Centre from January 24th to 26th, 2011. The event gathered 560 exhibitors hailing from 15 countries. The trade fair received financial support from the Languedoc-Roussillon Regional Council and the European Union. It was held at the same time as International Business Forum organised by Sud de France Export (Wine sector). Total attendance at the Millésime Bio 2011 trade fair reached 3,200 visitors against 2,700 visitors in 2010, that is up 18% in 2011. 39 foreign nations were represented, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Dubai, Germany, Spain, the United States and the Scandinavian countries. The trade fair mostly attracted importers (18%), wine retailers (18%), wine wholesalers (10%) and HO-RE-CA (7%). Wine made with grapes from organic farming meets the demand for authentic, quality products obtained from environmentally-friendly practises and using no GMOs, artificial pesticides or chemical fertilisers. It is one of the organic products attracting the most new consumers on the French market and is experiencing growing success in export. The market’s worldwide growth is affecting most wine-consuming countries and uses the full range of distribution circuits (wine retailers, HO-RE-CA, mass distribution, specialised networks).   The increase in the amount of visitors confirms the organic wine market’s momentum and the effectiveness of the synergies that have been set up with the Languedoc-Roussillon Region. Comments made by participating businesses demonstrate their satisfaction: “I find the trade fair is well organised. It seems to be becoming increasingly attractive, for the visitors come from many different countries. I hope the trade fair will continue to grow and that it will be a success next year once again.” Emiliana Vineyards (Chile) “I was pleasantly surprised by Millésime Bio 2011. I have made new international contacts as well as the contacts with our usual customers. I also enjoyed the time I spent with winegrower colleagues from other winemaking regions. Everything at Millésime Bio 2011 was well organised: there was sufficient space between the stalls, and all stalls were identical, free of any advertising banners (…). I think I’ll be back next year.” Strohmeier (Austria) “(…) I am taking this opportunity to tell you about the pleasant surprise we had during these three days of intensive work. It was really an event of great quality!” Pares Balta (Spain) The next Millésime Bio trade fair will be held from January 23rd to 25th, 2012 at the Montpellier Exhibition Centre. Photos of the event are available on the website at  

18th Millesime Bio Wine Show

Julie ANTOZZI - 19-déc.-2010 11:44:44
Located on the French Mediterranean coast, the Languedoc-Roussillon region will be hosting the Millésime Bio trade show’s 18th edition. Exclusively devoted to wine made from organic farming, this professional trade show has become a major event for the sector over the years. On January 24, 25 and 26, 2011 , more than 500 exhibitors hailing from across the world and more than 3,000 professional visitors are expected at the Montpellier Exhibition Centre .
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