French wines with pesticides, consumers’ advocacy organization says

According to a recent research of the French no-profit consumer’s association UFC-Que Choisir almost all wines produced in France contain pesticides traces. Even though this sounds alarming, it is not something new: in all wine productions – even in ecological ones - pesticides are used and in all wine bottles we can find these chemical substances. Levels of pesticides, fungicides and insecticides remain under the legal ceilings dictated by the EU, but it must be underlined that these refer to grapes and not to wine bottles (for which there is no proper legislation).  

There have been analyzed 92 French wines and in all of them a percentage of pesticide has been spotted: unsurprisingly, grapes cultivated according to eco-friendly principles bear wines less contaminated, but they are not totally pesticide-free, as it may be supposed.

The research pointed out the lack in legislation for wine bottles, as the European limits affect the grapes only. Of course, if the row materials have pesticides at a legal standard it seems unthinkable the final product to have chemical substances’ traces at an illegal level.

Another problem is that these wines contain many different types of pesticides: the worst case, a Bordeaux dated 2010, turned out having 14 different chemicals!

An interesting aspect is the distinction in pesticides contents due to the different geographical area: given that vineyards in rainy regions need more insecticides and fungicides, wines produced in rainy regions such as the Rhone Valley are less healthy than those produced in more warm and dry regions such as Provence.

Advocacy organizations recommend consumers to buy ecological wines, because of their minor content in toxic substances.