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Organic Wine: Celebrate This Holiday Season The Eco-Friendly Way

Sara Rodrigues Pereira
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It is celebration time! Office parties, secret Santa gifting, family events, fancy nights out. Glasses cheering all around. And you can’t help but wonder: How can I match my wine with my thoughtful and sustainable outfits? Red or white? The answer is organic wine. 

So, if you are raising your eyebrows, scroll down and learn about the ecological stories behind this classy drink. And most importantly, know your wine like you know your clothes.

As we’ve all seen, the food sector has been opening the way, and awakening our senses, to sustainability. Subsequently, many people have become more conscious of what they eat. Thus, this creates a mindful ripple effect in other areas of their lives.

The wine industry, in particular, has been strategically employing ancient and smart techniques to extract the very best of the vineyards, all done in close collaboration with mother nature. From moon alignment, grape quality, to the widest range of certifications you can think of — read on, you are in for a treat. 

Three Ways Of Organic Wine

Sustainable Wine

Firstly, let’s cover the technicalities of this never-ending field of knowledge that is wine production. Three categories fall into eco-classification: organic, biodynamic and sustainable.

To point out, organic wines focus on the percentage of organically grown grapes. The very best ones containing 95 per cent and average ones a minimum of 70 per cent, both should contain less than 10 ppm of naturally occurring sulfites. Certifications for organic are AB in Europe and USDA in de US.

Biodynamic wines prioritise the, very needed, biodiversity.

Secondly, vineyards and surrounding land are considered and worked as an entire ecosystem. To demonstrate, each step of the process is coordinated with the seasons as well as the moon cycles. Methods like crop rotation, composted fertiliser, specific roots, and fruits all coexist in harmony to maximize the vitality of the soil. Certifications for biodynamic are international, e.g. Demeter and Biodyvin.

Sustainable wines gravitate in a more loose, free-flow zone. Alongside innumerable certifications, sustainable programmes encourage eco-smart practices like water management, biodiversity protection, erosion, and soil depletion. Everything is done as close to organic as possible but, ultimately, if something goes wrong they will use conventional chemicals to avoid economic and environmental damage.

The Organic Wine-Makers To Watch, And Drink!

Organic Wine 3 Ways

Raise your glass to the following wine-makers, for they deliver exquisite forms of celebratory hydration while protecting and respecting our planet. These may be a little more expensive than your usual wine, but you are supporting regenerative agriculture, better ways of making business, and avoiding that next day headache — your body will thank you.

Organic wine practices from the US

Badger Wine

Badger Mountain – a USDA certified vineyard since 1990 – is fully committed to producing the most natural form of wine. Because of that, they pride themselves in being a leading example.

Surprisingly, no pesticides or synthetic treatments are employed, and energy is provided by solar panels and biodiesel energy. Important to realize, the wine is bottled in lightweight glass, with informative labels made of recycled paper, all made locally.

Biodynamic expertise from France

Organic Wine-Maker

Gerard Bertrand converted his first terroir into biodynamic farming back in 2002. Above all, the group’s holistic approach grounds its values in Excellence, Innovation, Nature and Conviviality.

Indeed, respecting biodiversity and working closely with nature, has provided quality and success. Consequently, the vineyards using this method have grown to 15 estates. Markedly, ‘Change’ is the name of the wine that conveys their commitment into a highly certified bottle of wine, including Demeter.

Sustainable wine with Chilean soul

Natural Wine

Haras de Pirque is situated in a privileged location, between the Andes mountain range and the Pacific Ocean. Their organic way of farming highlights the importance of solar exposure, organic fertilizers, and grapes harvested by hand.

A combination of unique climate conditions with environmentally friendly products, a CERES certified production.

All in all, besides knowing what kind of wine you like, you actually know how sustainably well it can be made. How eco-sophisticated! 

In the long run, this prompts interesting conversations, and maybe even gifts, throughout the holiday season, and most importantly, keeps you and our world healthy.

With this in mind – always remember to drink responsibly. Cheers! 🍷

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