Over the years, with growing health and environmental consciousness, organic wines have gained a lot of significance. As a result, wine producers all over the world are increasingly looking into creating such wines. The definition and legal enforcement of this term varies significantly from one country to another, and the laws about use of the term are evolving.
For a beverage to be classified as organic wine or vin organique, as the French like to call it, first of all, the grapes must be sourced from a vineyard that follows organic viticulture utilizing naturally occurring substances instead of industrially produced chemicals used in conventional viticulture. The basic idea is to take the prevention rather than cure approach to grape growing whereby creating a healthy bio-diversity and soil are considered paramount.
Another vital criterion is that organic wines be produced without the addition of sulphur dioxide (SO2), although very few countries legally enforce this rule on their wine industry as SO2 is still considered the most effective anti-spoilage agent. In the European Union for instance, a label may say organic but allow a certain amount of sulfites in the wine. So, even a wine may claim to be organic, it may not necessarily mean the wine is sulfite free.
Please have a look at the table below for a list of organic wine recommendations. Alternatively, you can also search for your choice of grape variety like organic cabernet sauvignon, organic zinfandel, organic syrah, organic merlot, organic chardonnay, organic viognier, organic sauvignon blanc and so on. Please set your search criteria according to your location and currency.
Followers of biodynamic viticulture describe it as an advanced form of organic viticulture. It is based on the theories of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. Biodynamics calls for a holistic approach that seeks ecological self-sufficiency but also includes ethical and spiritual considerations. The vineyard is seen as a living organism which can be maintained in a self-sustaining way, potentially creating a unique growing environment.
Both organic and biodynamic winegrowing are grouped under a relatively new concept known as sustainable viticulture which ensures the avoidance of any sort of environmental degradation while maintaining the economic viability of the vineyard.
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