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Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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Diverse, high-quality, environmentally sound production

In Nouvelle Aquitaine, the region of France with the most agricultural land, 80% of farms will be certified either organic or High Environmental Value (HVE) by 2030.

Known around the world for its wines – which include renowned appellations like Margaux, Saint-Émilion and Pomerol – the Nouvelle Aquitaine region also produces and exports a range of other products, such as Limousin beef and veal, Charentes-Poitou butter, and duck foie gras from southwestern France. 

The Region’s agricultural sector is known for the quality of its products, which have a total of 296 official quality and geographic-origin labels (AOP, label rouge, etc.). 

With nearly 7,000 certified farms (7.4% of its agricultural surface area), Nouvelle Aquitaine is France’s second largest region for organic farming. This environmental transition is the fruit of a concerted political effort. In 2019, Nouvelle Aquitaine’s Regional Council signed the Neo Terra charter, a roadmap for the agricultural sector’s ecological transition.  The Region established an ambitious goal:  80% of all farms – of all sorts – should be certified either organic or High Environmental Value (HVE) by 2030. That transition is already well under way for wine-growing. Sixty-five per cent of Bordeaux AOC wine-growing land – France’s largest wine-growing surface – is already certified by one of several different environmental labels (Bio, Terra Vitis, Biodyvin, etc.).

The Region, which has been exporting to South America and Africa since late 2019, is also very active in China, with licensed distribution networks called “Maisons Sud-Ouest France,” (Southwestern-France Houses), co-developed with the Occitanie region in 2013. 

The current focus is on training and assisting small- and medium-sized French food and agricultural businesses in navigating the export process, essentially for Asia. To that end, the Nouvelle Aquitaine Food Agency offers the help of a dedicated engineer to assist them in obtaining all required authorizations and certifications.

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