Sustainable practices and wine quality: what is the value of certification?
Kedge Business School
More and more wineries are using third-party eco-certification, such as organic or biodynamic certification, to communicate their sustainable practices. At the same time some wineries are adopting sustainable practices without third party certification. In France for example, some wineries self-proclaim themselves “Lutte Raisonnée”, a flexible approach to sustainability devoid of the rigidity of third party certification. The presence of these different sustainable practices raises the question of their comparative value. While previous research estimates that third party eco-certification leads to increased quality as evaluated by experts, it is unknown whether non-certified sustainable practices are also associated with quality improvements. Evaluating the impact of non-certified sustainability practices on quality is challenging due to the difficulty of identifying such practices. In this paper, we use French data on experts’ quality ratings to compare the ratings of self-proclaimed sustainable wines to third party eco-certified wines and conventional wines. A total of 141,747 wines is analyzed. Preliminary findings indicate that self-proclaimed sustainable wines are not significantly different than conventional wines, while eco-certified wines are of higher quality than conventional wines.
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