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Organic Wines

In response to decades of destruction of soil and the elimination of the vast microbiology of the vineyard, many viticulturalists are turning toward new ways to return to nature in their winemaking....Read More

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Chateau de Breze : Cremant de Loire
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Chateau La Lagune 2019
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Alter Ego de Palmer 2019
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Chateau La Lagune 2020
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Ch√Ęteau Peyfaures : Petit Peyfaures 2016
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Chateau Peyfaures 2007
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Domaine Prieure Roch : Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er cru "Vieilles Vignes" 2019
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Montevertine : Le Pergole Torte 2019
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Clos de la Briderie : Purete de Silex
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Chateau de La Dauphine 2015
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Paolo Bea : Pagliaro 2017
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Oddero : Langhe Riesling 2018
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Domaine Chappaz : Grain Arvine de Fully 2020
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Montevertine : Le Pergole Torte 2018
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Domaine Prieure Roch : Blanc 2019
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Domaine Chappaz : Grain Pinot Charrat 2018
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Domaine Prieure Roch : Ladoix Village "Le Clou" 2019
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Fanny Sabre : Pommard 1er cru 2016
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Domaine de la Grosse Pierre : Aux Craz 2019
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Ch√Ęteau Peyfaures : Dame de Coeur du Chateau Peyfaures 2007
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Weingut Brundlmayer : Riesling Langenloiser Steinmassl 2019
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Domaine Denis Mortet : Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru 2019
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Domaine de Beaurenard : Rasteau 2019
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Domaine du Cellier aux Moines : Givry 1er cru "Clos du Cellier aux Moines - Les Dessus" 2019
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Domaine Henri Costal : Chablis Village "Les Truffieres" 2019
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Dujac : Clos de la Roche Grand cru Domaine 2021
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Castello di Volpaia : Chianti Classico Riserva 2018
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Domaine Denis Mortet : Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru "Les Champeaux" 2020
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Olga Raffault : Les Picasses 2016
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Alain Graillot : Crozes-Hermitage 2020
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White Walnut Estate : North Blocks Chardonnay 2019
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Bernabeleva : Navaherreros Garnacha de Bernabeleva 2019
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Paolo Bea : Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito 2010
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Josko Gravner : Ribolla 2013
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Paolo Bea : Rosso de Veo 2017
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Chandon de Briailles : Corton Grand cru "Marechaudes" 2019
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Grgich Hills Estate : Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
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Weingut Brundlmayer : Riesling Ried Zöbinger Heiligenstein Alte Reben Erste Lage 2020
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White Walnut Estate : Worden Hill Road Pinot Noir 2020
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Domaine Guillaume Gilles : Cornas 2018
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Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona : Pianrosso Riserva 2016
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Occhipinti : SP68 Bianco 2021
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Leroy : Vosne-Romanee 1er cru "Aux Brulees" Domaine 2014
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Hubert Lignier : Morey-Saint-Denis 1er cru "Les Chaffots" 2018
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COS : Pithos Rosso 2018
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Organic Wines | Minimizing the Use of Harmful Synthetic Chemicals

A quick glance at the statistics on organic wine imports and sales makes clear that this fast-growing trend is here to stay. We have no doubt all seen "Organic" sections popping up in our local wine shops and bars. But what exactly is organic wine and how did it become so popular? Is it better for you? Where is it produced and by what guidelines? Let's take a closer look!

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What makes a wine organic?

Wines are organic when they are produced from grapes grown using a certain set of conditions, without the use of artificial or synthetic chemicals that could harm the environment. While each geographical region has its own set of conditions, they all tend to have in common the rejection of synthetic herbicides and pesticides. Instead, in order to prevent the spread of weeds and insects in the vineyard, organic producers find inventive ways to work with nature. Sheep or goats may be allowed, for example, to graze between the vine rows to reduce the spread of weeds. Certain cover crops may be introduced in order to shelter beneficial insect species that prey on problem species. By converting the vineyard into a self-regulating ecosystem, organic producers eliminate the need for artificial chemicals that would otherwise damage the environment.

 

François Poincet organic wines
© François Poincet

 

Certain standards for organic vary from one region to another. A major difference between organic wines from the USA and those from Europe, for example, has to do with the use of sulfites in the winemaking process. In order to be certified organic in the USA, a wine may not contain any added sulfites, often resulting in a shorter shelf life. Wines from the USA may be labelled "Made with Organic Grapes" when they are produced from grapes grown according to organic regulations but they contain up to 100 ppm added sulfites. Organic wines from the EU, on the other hand, may contain up to 100 ppm added sulfites in red wines (compared to 150 ppm in non-organic reds) and 150 ppm in whites (compared to 200 ppm in conventional whites). Similarly, Canada also allows 100 ppm sulfites in its organic wines. Thus American organic and "Made with Organic Grapes" wines can be sold in Europe as organic, while European organic wines can only receive the "Made with Organic Grapes" seal in the USA. This distinction comes from a fundamental difference in the definition of "organic" between the two continents.

Who decides whether a wine is organic?

In order for a wine to legally be marketed as organic, it must first be certified. This is done by a third-party organization which carries out annual audits on candidate vineyards to make sure they are complying with the standards set forth in the region where the vineyard is located. ECOCERT, founded in France in 1991, is one of the first international organic certification organizations; now conducting inspections in more than 80 countries. Another important one is Demeter International, which is also the largest certification organization for biodynamic agriculture. The USDA is perhaps the most important such regulatory bodies in the United States, focusing on both the growing of grapes and the conversion into wine.

 

Chateau de la Dauphine organic wines
© Chateau de la Dauphine

 

How did the Organic trend become popular?

The organic movement first began in the beginning of the 20th century as an alternative to the large-scale agricultural practices brought on by industrialization. The latter included the use of synthetic nitrogen-based fertilizers and pesticides, which were later proven to be pollutants and harmful to both the environment and human health. The 20's and 30's saw the formation of several cooperatives promoting organic agriculture. These eventually joined to form the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements in 1972. But it wasn't until the past decade or so that the organic movement saw a significant rise in demand for "green products." Environmental awareness and health consciousness has driven a wave of new consumers to seek out sustainably grown, "earthy" and local products. This increased demand, especially among consumers aged 30 years or younger, for natural products has also resulted in a boom in the organic wine industry as well. Worldwide, the number of organic vineyards has nearly tripled between 2004 and 2011.

Where in the world are the organic vines?

While the greatest demand for organic wines appears to be in the USA, 70% of the world's organic vines can be found in Europe. Three countries produce 70% of the organic wines in the world. Spain leads with 26%, followed by Italy with 23% (producers like Castello di Volpaia, Elena Walch, and Terre Nere) and France with 21% (producers like Chateau Canon la Gaffeliere, Chateau Mazeyres, and David Duband). Spain also has the most land planted with organic wines, numbering around 200,000 acres. Spain's organic vineyard acreage has also quadrupled between 2003 and 2014, while that of France tripled. Italy has also seen a significant increase during this time. Austria and Italy lead in the percentage of total producers who make organic, followed by Spain, France, Germany, Bulgaria and Greece. Several producers in the United States have also chosen the organic path, including Failla, Grgich Hills Estate and Macari.

 

Grgich Hills Estate organic wines
© Grgich Hills Estate

 

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Organic

As the production of organic wine eliminates the use of pesticides and herbicides that could harm the environment, the purchase of these wines supports the preservation of a healthy natural ecosystem. As we are part of that ecosystem, we also directly benefit. For example, synthetic chemicals used on vineyards can drain out and pollute a nearby water resource that we rely on for drinking water. The added sulfites that are eliminated from organic wines in the USA and significantly reduced in wines of Europe and Canada are believed to cause the headache and nausea commonly experienced after the day after drinking. Organic wines are thus associated with hangovers less unpleasant than those experienced after consuming conventional wines.

The lack of herbicides or pesticides used, however, may make vines more vulnerable to pests and diseases, which may result in a lower yield. This means organic wines cannot be mass-produced. Lack of sulfites reduces the ability of an organic wine to be stored, as they are particularly sensitive to temperature and sunlight. This makes transportation costly, reducing availability. It is therefore essential to seek out organic wines as close to local as possible. Finally, organic wines tend to differ from one vintage to the next and there is even sometimes a difference from one bottle to another. This inconsistency often deters some larger buyers from including these wines in their portfolios.

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