If you are thinking about expanding your organic menu at home, there is one thing you should give consideration to and that is organic wine. Organic wine actually dates back to the 1940s, with many growers shying away from using pesticides for fear that it would impact the taste of the wine. In the 1980s, the concept of organic wine gained more and more respect, with the wines being recognized as very good quality at a fair price. Organic wine growers and producers began to realize around this time and into the 1990s, that going organic actually improved the soil of around the vines, thanks to the absence of additives or chemicals being used. Europe latched on to this and began to offer subsidies for wine growers who were organic.
Today, organic wine is increasingly popular and widely found throughout the world.
Organic wine is created from grapes that have not been exposed to any pesticides or chemical fertilizers. In addition, no sulphur dioxide is used in the process of the winemaking itself. There are also several organic standards that now exist in many countries, including the United States, to ensure that quality is met for a wine to be considered organic. In the United States for example, there is a distinction on the label between wine that is made from organically-grown grapes but which uses sulphur dioxide in the winemaking process, and true organic wine that comes from organic grapes, and does not use sulphur dioxide in the process of making the wine.
If you are looking to get organic wine, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Organic wine will not use fertilizers, pesticides or any sort of chemical. As a result, more manual labour is used to harvest the grapes, rather than relying on machines. This means that not only is organic wine better for the soil, but it is better for the air with less emissions being released.
If a company says they are now organic , one year after not being organic, then they are not truly organic. It takes three to five years for a vineyard to be considered truly organic.
Sometimes wineries choose to be organic, but don’t actually go for the certification. There are a lot of papers and regulations they need to go through in order to be considered organic, and it can waste a lot of time and money. As a result, they just choose to use organic practices, but not have the labelling of being organic. Often, it is a good idea to talk to the owners of the vineyard directly to find out if they are organic or not.
Choosing a good group of wineries for organic wine is easy when you are able to do your research. Organic wine is not only better for you, but it is good for the environment and it helps the vineyard stay healthy with soil that is natural and not full of pesticides.
Written by: Yehudith Girshberg