Certified organic grape and wine production in Australia first appeared in the 1980™s with wineries such as Botobolar (Mudgee, NSW) and Robinvale (Sunraysia, Victoria) and is distributed across the country from Margaret River (southern WA) to the Hastings Valley (mid-coast NSW).
Excellent quality wines are being produced according to organic standards by many producers including;
- Carlei (Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)
- Temple Brewer (Langhorne Creek, SA)
- Settlers Ridge (Margaret River)
- and Penfolds
Smaller quality producers appearing including;
- Serventy (Margaret River)
- Jeanneret (Clare)
- and Martins Hill (Mudgee).
The export market for organic wine is growing rapidly. Australian organic wine is sold in UK, USA, Japan and Sweden, with smaller but developing markets in other Germany and Asia.
Not all producers of organic grapes and wine are certified, but certification is required for an organic claim on export produce and the domestic market for organic product expects see certification marks.
The Australian certification agencies that have grape and wine producers are:
- the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia Ltd (NASAA)
- the Australian Certified Organic (ACO)
- the Biodynamic Research Institute of Australia (BDRI), which administers the Demeter symbol in Australia.