You may have noticed more and more organic wines on the wine shelf lately. But what does it actually mean? And what difference does it make?
Simply put, organic wines are made from grapes that have grown without artificial chemicals; think no herbicides or pesticides.
It’s not as simple as it sounds though. Those grapes still need to find a way to fight off weeds and bugs. It turns out that nature itself can be pretty good with the assist. It could be by adding ‘cover crops’ to attract good bugs instead of bad. Or by having sheep graze on the weeds between rows of grapevines. It also means skipping coloring agents and additives during the winemaking process itself. And then, those vineyards get audited by a third-party, to make sure they meet the standards to certify something as organic; this requires both the farming and the winemaking to be organic…
So what does that mean when it comes to drinking wine? Fewer hangovers – seriously. Without added preservatives like sulphur dioxide, organic wine has half the level as non-organic wines. And it’s that sulphur that often causes hangovers.
You can also make the case for organic wines being healthier for you. The grapes have stronger skins which means more antioxidants that are good for your body. These wines also usually have less sugar (sugar often leads to hangover headaches too).
And the taste – for those discerning palettes, you may be able to taste more purely not only the grape but also the land and environment in which it’s grown.