With organic goods quickly taking up more shelf space at markets and wine one of the world's favorite beverages, it's only natural that people seek the healthiest and greener options for consumption. We've compiled a few pointers to help you out.
Organic wine has been made with grapes that have been grown with no additional chemicals. In order to get the USDA stamp of approval, no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides can be used if a wine is organic. Unfortunately, some vineyards choose not to go through the process of becoming certified because of cost. But with approximately 1,500-2,000 organic wine producers globally, you will have plenty of choice.
Biodynamic wine is another option. Not as popular yet in the United States as it is in Europe, it is predicted that this trend will catch on sooner rather than later. Biodynamic farming strives to make their process as closely in tune with nature as possible. For example, farmers may make their own compost and use astrological signs to time their planting. Some biodynamic farmers are more out there than others, but one thing is certain: absolutely no chemicals and you will be supporting the green movement. All biodynamic wine is 100% organic so you can expect to see the USDA label.
Packaging is a quick and easy way to be eco-friendly. Bottles made from recycled materials are good to lookout for. It is actually best to go for boxed wine. No need to be alarmed, with the huge trend of being green, you will find that many good wines opt for a box. You will not be forced to lower your standards by picking box over bottle!
Buying local is another way to cut back on your environmental impact while giving you the opportunity to become more familiar with what your area has to offer.
- For a list of organic wineries check out Organic Wine Journal
- Check out some organic wine recommendations from My Recipes and SlashFood