The Organic Winegrowers Association was founded in 2001 by the French cult winemaker Nicolas Joly
, Owner of the Loire winery Château de la Roche-aux-Moines
(Savennières) founded. Wineries that subscribe to a natural, environmentally friendly winegrowing are eligible for membership ecological and or biodynamic
Principles and have been certified to do so for at least three years. Common foundation is the Quality Charter, which was established by the founding members and the board, such as Nicolas Joly, Anne-Claude Leflaive and Olivier Humbrecht. There are already more than 150 member companies from 13 countries (as of 2011).