The Federal Association ecologically working wineries in Germany based in Oppenheim ( Rheinland-Pfalz ) was founded in 1985 by twenty organic winegrowers from the growing areas Rheinhessen. palatinate. Moselle and to bathe founded. At that time he called himself "Federal Association of Organic Viticulture e. V ". ECOVIN is the only German cultivation association exclusively Organic (organic) viticulture,
In the individual growing regions, there are regional associations whose 250 member farms manage around 1,900 hectares of vineyards. This makes ECOVIN the largest association specializing in viticulture not only in Germany but also worldwide. All products like grapes. grape juice. Wine and sparkling wine come to one hundred percent from organic farming. The wines produced according to these rules correspond to the EU Organic Regulation and can as Organic wines (Ökowine) be declared and marketed.
At the plant protection and fertilization are basically chemical-synthetic sprays (all pesticides ) and fertilizers are not allowed. It is fertilized with compost and in the form of grass seed ( greening ). A Genetic Engineering or genetically modified plants are rejected. Instead of chemical pest control beneficials used and thus the biodiversity (Biodiversity) of plants and animals. In addition, low-emission raw materials should be used and closed production cycles should be sought. The winegrowers are certified on the basis of the EU Organic Regulation and the even stricter ECOVIN guidelines and inspected annually. The association actively supports research into crop protection and varietal breeding and offers professional training and support in eco-farming. ECOVIN is a member of the German umbrella organization BÖLW, See also under Organic (organic) viticulture,