Assembly of European Horticultural Regions

Console : Organic wine in Rueda case study

AREFLH is a partner of the CONSOLE project – “CONtract SOLutions for Effective and lasting delivery console logoof agri-environmental-climate public goods by EU agriculture and forestry". It  is a project that focuses on promoting innovation in this specific field.

As part of this project, AREFLH present you  a case study that features on the CONSOLE website : Organic wine in Rueda, Spain.

One contract about provision of organic grapes; the initiative is connected to specific labels, advertised to the domestic and export markets, to enhance the image of the company. The overall target is to expand organic wine production in an emblematic area that influences greatly the Spanish wine market.

 It is a value-chain related contract solution, where only grapes produced ecologically are bought by the winery Herederos del Marqués de Riscal, S.A (from now on, Riscal), to produce two selected varieties: MARQUÉS DE RISCAL ORGANIC and MARQUÉS DE RISCAL SAUVIGNON BLANC ORGANIC.

In the Rueda case study, grape producers are not associated, however, they are integrated into the value chain by complying to the winery standards and have periodic controls on quality and residues, and have a strict protocol of organic production of high standards. 


Objectives of this case study:

 The contract between the grape producers and the winery (Riscal) leads to a higher  provision of the following public goods:

  • Landscape and scenery (preservation of wineries)
  • Protection of endangered species of birds
  • Rural viability and vitality (secure economic viability of the grape wine producers in Rueda region through the sale of grapes with a higher price that the non-organic producers)
  • Secure high production standards according to consumer preferences.


Problem description:

The Rueda case study is located in the Duero River basin in the northern-central part of Spain, where it occupies an area of 280,000 ha and currently grape wine is grown in almost 15,000 ha. Rueda belongs to the Mediterranean Continental pedoclimatic zone. The Rueda region is one of the wine regions in Spain that is more profitable, but at the same time needs a lot of man work, so organic production is a clear alternative. Wine production in the area in Rueda, is challenged by four main threats: water scarcity, decrease in financial support from the CAP, frost and future climate projections. The sustainability of wine production in the area is dependent on organic production that is becoming more attractive to consumers and with very high demand for export. The Rueda region offers a great possibility for organic production since the limited summer rainfall guarantees low incidence of diseases, especially mildew, therefore if the crop is adequately managed, does not require pesticides. Riscal is leading company for innovation for organic production in technology and commercially. The producers also plant trees in the edges of the fields to comply with the greening measures of the CAP.

For more information read the complete case study



H2020 logo 500pxThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under the grant agreement: No.817949. 




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