The new wine craze lately has been focused on organic wines. More and more people are eating organic, which makes them want to drink organic also. Why shouldn’t it? So, I decided to do a little research and share some interesting facts about the vino.
• The farming process for organic grapes excludes the use of artificial chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides.
• There are an estimated 1500 to 2000 organic wine producers globally, with more than 885 of them in France alone.
• Because no preservatives are added to organic wines, they should be consumed within a few years after bottling.
• Some organic wine producers take additional steps in the organic winemaking process and apply sustainable farming practices, such as adding plants that attract insects beneficial to keeping the vines healthy.
• Biodynamics© takes the organic grape-growing process a bit further by getting a vineyard to be largely self-sustaining by utilizing waste products and transferring them from one area to another for fuel.
• According to National Organic Program (NOP) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), there are four ways to label wine as “organic”:
1. 100% Organic
3. Made with Organic Ingredients
4. Some Organic Ingredients
• In order for a wine to be certified “organic”, it must be made with organically grown grapes and contain no added sulfites.
• According to the law, all organic claims must be stated on the label. Be sure to read the label thoroughly before purchasing an organic wine.
Below are a few recommended organic wine producers:
• Benziger Winery (California)
• Grgich Hills (California)
• Bonterra Vineyards (California)
• Frog's Leap (California)
• Tablas Creek (California)
• The Organic Wine Company - Key importer of Organic French Wines
• Frey Vineyards (California)
• Yarden Chardonnay Odem Organic (Israel)
• Summerhill Pyramid Winery (Canada)
• Robinvale Organic Wines (Australia)
• Richmond Plains (New Zealand)
• Kawarau Estate (New Zealand)
• Temple Bruer Winery (Australia)
• Nuova Cappelletta (Italy)
• Bodega Hermanos Delgado (Spain)
• Badger Mountain Vineyard (Washington)
• Snoqualmie Wines also has an organic line of remarkable wines
There will be more blogs about organic wines coming soon. Stay tuned. Cheers!