The federal association ecologically working wineries in Germany based in Oppenheim ( Rheinland-Pfalz ) was founded in 1985 by twenty organic winegrowers from the growing regions Rheinhessen. palatinate. Moselle and to bathe founded. At that time he called himself "Bundesverband Ökologische Weinbau e. V ". ECOVIN is the only German cultivation association with exclusively Organic (ecological) viticulture,
There are regional associations in the individual growing regions, whose 250 member farms cultivate 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 from 100 percent organic cultivation. The wines produced according to these rules correspond to the EU Organic Regulation and can as Organic wines (Organic wines) are declared and marketed.
At the plant protection and fertilization are basically chemical-synthetic sprays (all pesticides ) and fertilizers not allowed. It is fertilized with compost and in the form of green seeds ( 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-pollutant raw materials should be used and closed production cycles should be sought. The winemakers are certified on the basis of the EU organic regulation and according to the even stricter ECOVIN guidelines and checked annually. The association actively supports research in the field of crop protection and grape variety breeding and offers professional training and support in organic viticulture. ECOVIN is a member of the German umbrella organization BÖLW, See also under Organic (ecological) viticulture,