Let’s Try Organic Wines

There was a time when people would decidedly avoid organic wines.  Odds are that most of the time, a consumer did not know if the wine they were drinking was organic or not.

Recently, things have changed in regards to attitudes toward  organically farmed wines.

At this juncture, I feel I should clarify exactly what an organic wine is.

I happily defer to Dr. David Suzuki for his explanation.

“Wineries that produce certified organic vino, cannot use toxic p

Organic farms

esticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers to grow grapes.

An organic vineyard will fertilize crops with compost, compost teas, green manure, and cover crops.  Instead of herbicides, they rely on mec

hanical weeding, mowing around vines, mulching, and companion planting.  They also do not use genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  Certified organic wine does not contain sulphites”.

Food Republic pays attention to sulphite free wine when making their own brew.

The method of the growing  and tending the grapes will determine whether it will become organic wine or not.



Look For Organic Wines

When you go into your favourite drinking establishment, it is in vogue to see an organic wine listed on the menus.  To be sure that you are in fact drinking organic wine, it must be certified.  Certification is carried out by independent third party organizations, which will do annual audits on vineyards that have applied for organic certification.  This organization will ensure that the grapes grown comply with their strict standards.  They vineyard will also have to pass certification with their department of agriculture.  Laws are in place to block the wine producer from promoting a wine as organic, if it has not been certified.


Organic Means Healthy, Right?

People can easily fall into the crunchy granola belief that if wine is

Organic wines

organic, it follows that it healthy for you to drink.   The perception is that organic equals healthy, even though there is little evidence to back this up.   O

rganically grown wine can boast that they do not use harmful and toxic chemicals, in any of the process, from grape growth to b

ottling.  It will in most cases taste better. But it still contains alcohol, which if taken in excess, becomes as harmful as any conventional wine.




An advantage to organic wine is that is contains half the legal limit of sulphur dioxide, a common preservative, used to inhibit or kill unwanted yeasts and bacteria.  Wine drinkers say that the sulphur dioxide is the cause of hangovers, the day after drinking.  So, organic wine equals no hangover. Yay!   Since the organically farmed wines do have sulphur dioxide, the wine will keep about as long as a conventional wine.  When you decide to experience an organic wine, you will find that you come across some stinkers and some great wines, just like the conventional variety.


There is a curious development taking place in the pricing of organic wines.  There is a general knowledge that if you go to the grocery store and buy organic produce, it is understood that you will pay more than the regular produce.  Everyone knows this, and it is up to you which you will purchase.

Organic price

Oddly enough the reverse seems to be true when it comes to wines that are organic.  With organic wines, there is a designation of the “hippy” stigma.  The organic boast has had the effect of a turn off, which has driven the prices down!  It seems the health and environmentally conscious would rather pay less for organic wines, and use that money on organic vegetables!

If you have any questions or comments, I welcome them below.Judy


Judith Laverty



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  1. Rosa

    June 20, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Hi Judith

    I did not know that wine was made as organic. I love wine. I guess paying a little closer attention to the label could help with identifying which bottle is conventional or organic.

    What I thought was interesting in your article is those that are health conscious would rather pay less for organic wine, therefore prices are down? I always thought that you would pay more for organic products.

    This is an interesting informative article. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Judith

      June 20, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      Thank you for your comment. Yes, the twist on organic wine costs is counter intuitive. 

  2. Kristian

    August 5, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    I like the fact that you don’t pretend that organic wine is actually healthy for us, even though it might be a little less harmful that non-organic wine.

    I was wondering whether or not the organic wines are reputed to be of the same quality as non-organic wines. Have an old vineyards with a long-standing reputation converted their operation to non-organic?

    1. Judith

      August 5, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Thank you for the comment. Being designated as organic depends on the methods of growing the grapes, So, no, the older reputable wines are not changing the way they do things. It is usually newer wines that adopt organic growing methods.

  3. Lucia

    September 12, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Instead of organic, lets call it ‘natural. Now when I drink, its the alcohol I am after. However, the quality and taste are also important. Plus, I try to wake up in good shape. If the wine is free, I will drink it. If its natural, I might buy it. Thank you for the article.

    1. Judith

      September 12, 2017 at 8:42 am

      Thank you for the comment. It is the way that the grapes are grown that makes them organic. A reduction hang overs is always a good thing.

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