Organic wine has become a popular choice for wine connoisseurs or those merely looking for something more eco-friendly to enjoy. But what exactly is organic wine?
Simply put, it is a natural, sustainable counterpart to conventional, non-organic wines.
When considering the benefits of organic wines, it is not hard to see why more and more people are turning to this alternative.
So, what makes it organic?
Caring for grapes often involves winemakers spraying the grapes and vines with pesticides and herbicides to exterminate the unwanted insects and weeds that are prone to destroying the vine. Unfortunately, the residues of these sprays can end up filtering into the grape. Winemakers producing organic wines do not use these sprays, which separates organic from conventional wines. To grow organic wines, the vineyard must follow specific agricultural techniques that differ from traditional methods. It is the process of natural maintenance that makes the vine and grape an organic wine.
The growth of the organic wine industry is flourishing, and it continues to grow stronger every year. Finding the best can seem overwhelming, but we have found some unbeatable favourites that tick the box!
If you are looking for robust and expressive flavours, Château jean faure grand cru classé saint-émilion 2018 is a firm favourite, as is the Northern Greek Kikones limnio thrace 2008; similar to taste as the exquisite notes of a Barolo, this Greek classic is an absolute must to try! From France, the Domaine Bernard Fleuriet et Fils Sancerre Tradition Rouge 2018 and the Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2018 are both winners. Selections from Italy, including Azienda Agricola Canneto Rosso di Montepulciano DOC 2019 and Varvaglione Organic Primitivo IGP Puglia 2019, bring fruity and floral notes to the tastebuds. The subtle and refreshing tones of Domaine Bernard Fleuriet et Fils Sancerre Tradition Blanc 2019, is never disappointing. Sancerre is a name to trust, as is a crisp Picpoul; Languedoc Roussillon is one of our favourites.
The bright, fresh aromatics of elderflower, zesty citrus and pear compliment the elegant and soft Peregrine Wines Pinot Gris 2020, making a lovely statement, particularly in the spring and summer, for some al fresco dining and entertaining. The Californian Turley Wine Cellars Zinfandel Old Vines 2019 is a glass of complexity, depth, and authentic old fashion vineyard flavours with a modern organic twist. New-world organic wines are varied and exciting in taste.
From organic Champagnes and sparkling wines, the choice is tantalising - Our favourite is the Domaine De Bois MozÉ CRÉMANT DE LOIRE NV; the delicate bubbles and balanced acidity give this Crémant poise, finesse, and elegance.
Sampling and developing your love for organic wines is all about variety and balance; the process of creating the wine is complex and requires a different level of expertise, which shows in the flavours.
Our above selection is an excellent place to start if you are new to organic wines and want something to try. Why not start with names you trust and know and grow from there?