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Organic Wine

Over the years, with growing health and environmental consciousness, organic wines have gained significance. As a result, wine producers all over the world are looking into creating such wines. The definition and legal enforcement of this term varies significantly from one country to another, and laws about use of the term are evolving.

For a beverage to be classified as 'organic wine' (vin organique or vin biologique in French), the grapes must be sourced from a vineyard that follows organic viticulture, utilizing naturally occurring substances instead of the industrially produced chemicals used in conventional viticulture. The idea is to take the 'prevention rather than cure' approach to grape growing; creating a healthy bio-diversity and soil is considered paramount.

Another criterion is that organic wines can be produced without the addition of sulphur dioxide (SO2), although very few countries legally enforce this rule 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.

Please have a look at the table below for a list of organic wine recommendations. Alternatively, you can search for your choice of grape variety, such as organic cabernet sauvignon, organic zinfandel, organic syrah, organic merlot, organic chardonnay, organic viognier, organic sauvignon blanc and so on.

Biodynamic Wine

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 aimed at achieving ecological self-sufficiency but also including 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.

Whether you are an avid fan, or just curious about organic wines, we have listed a collection of organic and biodynamic wines based on their demand on Wine-Searcher and latest offerings from our listed merchants. Each wine is clickable to provide an example of a search using Wine-Searcher.

Organic Wine Recommendations

Biodynamic Wine Recommendations

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