We are all aware of the organic revolution that has overtaken most of the country, involving organically-grown food and body products. This has begun to transfer over into many different realms, including the wine market — a product that some may have assumed difficult to make organically. However, the new health boom that is taking place has led to different theories as to what constitutes “healthy” living.
According to the National Organic Program, organic wine is a “wine made from organically grown grapes without any added sulfites.” Before this specific definition, many organic wines were made from organic grapes, although they also contained up to 100 ppm of added sulfites.
It is increasingly difficult to locate wines without added sulfites, which makes the shift to organic wines that much more difficult. However, most wines in general are made out of 95% organic ingredients, and even with the added sulfites, that number jumps to 99.9%. It then becomes important to ask what the benefit is in switching to an organic wine, since most are made from the same ingredients, aside from the organically grown grapes and loss of sulfites.
What Makes Organic Wines Better?
Organic food in general is more than a part of an overall healthy lifestyle; it is also about the preservation of nature, which is particularly important in wine production. Producing grapes that are needed for wines can bring up issues such as soil depletion and erosion, water pollution, ecological impacts, chemical dependencies, etc.
Organic farming in general rids the farming process of these types of issues, resulting in a healthier environment for all. Additionally, the added bonus of drinking organic wine lies in the fact that the extra chemicals in regular wine pollute the earth. Thus the residue may end up in the wine we purchase. Organic wine does not contain these added preservatives or pollutants and therefore leads toward a healthier planet and a healthier bottle of wine.
Do Organic Wines Taste Different Than Regular Wines?
The taste of organic wines is not wildly different when compared to regular wines, but has been ranked among the top ten of the best wines of France. This is important to note due to the fact that many organic food products taste slightly different (often better!), which furthers the argument that organic foods can be healthy as well as tasty.
Despite these facts, organic wines have not received much publicity because of the lack of public awareness, which is genuinely surprising considering the organic movement that has taken place in the past few years. The entire process in creating organic wine is much more natural than the process involved in making regular wine; the grapes on organic vineyards have formed better resistance to bad weather and to pests, and their grapes are hand-picked rather than mechanically selected.
These organic wines have undergone a selective process wherein only the best grapes were used, which does not have a negative effect on price; most organic wines are the same price as regular bottles.
The Low-down on Organic Wines
Organic wine may not necessarily sound appealing at first, but has become a major underground element of the organic revolution. This has resulted in new wines that not only taste better, but are also better for the environment and for one’s body. Additionally, the quality of wine is exceedingly better than others which are grown in regular vineyards — reason enough to switch over to the organic side.