It is no surprise that organic wines are growing in popularity today. Take one of the world’s most popular beverages and combine it with a leading global green imperative and what do you get? That’s right; massive, growing demand for organic wine. Organic wine means that the wine (French wines honor organic in a huge way too) is made from grapes that are grown organically. Often, there is more to it however.
Vineyards can be cared for and harvested in sync with the earth (and moon). This is referred to as the biodynamic practice of growing wine grapes. And little, if any sulfates, can be used during the wine making process. Finally, how does an organic wine hold up during a wine review? Think of a grape that is not chemically dependent; cultivated without use of synthetic fungicides, herbicides or fertilizers, from vines that grow in living soil, full of worms and grape-loving bacteria. You get an absolutely delicious wine, naturally!
So, what should you look for when you buy organic wine?
1) Wine made from organic grapes – The grapes are grown in the same manner as other types of organic produce – natural fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides – under practices adopted by the US Department of Agriculture. The packaging will reflect this. You may want to do some reading on the vineyard itself for additional background on their organic, eco-friendly wine making processes.
Where to buy? Try the Organic Wine Company (they have a huge and impressive selection of organic wines). You can buy wine online or place orders by phone.
Read up on this “green blogger’s” favorite eco-friendly wine makers for additional options.
2) Biodynamic wine – Grapes grown through biodynamic practices are ultra-organic; the goal is to not only use natural materials, but to synchronize the growing process with nature’s rhythms. Biodynamic growers will, for instance, plant and harvest based on the phases of the moon while also following traditional organic practices. Some go so far as to plow vineyards by horse (picture of horse taken by Domain Leflaive of Burgundy).