Wine Wednesday: What is “Organic Wine?”

Wine Wednesday: What is “Organic Wine?”

These days, we want to put the best of foods into our bodies, and the market for organically-grown foods has flourished. Not only are we wanting better, more natural food for our bodies, but we are also straying from chemically-produced foods as they have been shown to be not only bad for our health, but for the environment as well. The spraying of pesticides and chemicals on our food can’t possibly be good for our bodies, so organic products are experiencing a surge in the grocery store markets.

However, the idea of an “organic wine” is a little more complicated than you would think. In order for a wine to be truly “organic” by government standards, it would not only have to be created by organically-grown grapes, but it would also require that it have no added sulfites. Sulfites are naturally in wine due to the fermentation process, but many times they are added in order to give wines longer shelf lives. Without added sulfites, many wines would be considered unsellable and undrinkable. With this in mind, many companies that want to advertise wine that is made from organically-grown grapes will typically coin the phrase “organically grown” on their wine labels.

Organic wines are better for both ourselves and our environment. In order to keep from using pesticides and chemicals in their vineyards, farmers making organically-grown grapes for organic wines will utilize the use of plants for attracting pests away from the grapes, and will utilize the weeds for decomposition to create organic fertilizer for the vineyard plants. By repurposing the weeds, they can help eliminate the need for weed killer and other chemicals that would then taint their vineyard and not allow them to sell their wine as that made from organically-grown grapes.

While farmers may spend more on labor to care for their organically-grown crops, they are often able to save money on the chemicals and pesticides that they would have used in order to grow the grapes in the first place. This makes it a little more cost-effective for them, and in turn, they can produce a better, more higher-priced wine for consumers.

Next time you hit the store, consider trying an “organic wine.” Not only is it better for your body, but it can keep chemicals and pesticides from affecting our environment and help us all have a brighter, more environmentally-friendly future! Cheers!

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