Published Wed, Apr 20, 2022
Here at Winona, we live and breathe Organic Wine. Passionate cork dorks, we scour the world to bring a likeminded audience the best in preservative free wine - working with organic wineries and winemakers across the globe. Hey, it's a tough job but someone's gotta do it!
Organic Wine is often tipped as something new, fashionable, or in-vogue. But the techniques and traditions used in these organic wines are actually thousands of years old. The reason why there's been a resurgance in these beautiful wines is the same reason organic produce now has its own section in the supermarket: they taste better, they're better for you, and they're better for the earth and environment.
If you're coming to Organic Wines for the first time, firstly - welcome! Secondly, there are a number of common misconceptions around Organic Wine that we are determined to dispel, and distinctions that we are intent on outlining. By the end of this article you will be a certified organic cork dork, and you'll be ready to spread the organic wine gospel to all who will listen!
What is the difference between Organic Wine and Natural Wine?
It's a common mistake to think that Organic Wine and Natural Wine are one and the same. It's very important to understand the difference, as it can really affect how you consume and enjoy your wine.
While certified Organic Wine means that there are no nasties added during the growing phase of the grapes (so no sprays, pesticides, or other horrible chemicals), an organic winery is still able to add up to 70 different preservatives or additives during the bottling process. By comparison, Natural Wine cannot have any additives or preservatives at all. Biodynamic Wine is often a by-word for Natural Wine, however biodynamic farming process place importance on the cosmos - often farming by the phases of the moon. Some Natural Wines will use biodynamic principles - but not all.
So, Natural Wine is technically organic - but Organic Wines are not the same as Natural Wine. And Biodynamic Wines are Natural, but not all Natural Wines are created using biodynamic farming principles. Got it? Great!
How do you know if a wine is Organic?
Organic Wine must be certafied by an independent third-party organisation. In Australia, these are Australian Certified Organic (ACO) and the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA). These bodies carry out annual inspections on vineyards that have applied for Organic Certification, to make sure that the grapes they are growing comply with both local and international standards. You should be able to find at least one of these certified bodies' logos on the label of your wine - this is how you know it's organic.
What are the benefits of Organic Wine?
First up, let's explore what we all know and love about wine in general: its taste. Organic Wine just tastes better. Hardly surprising; who loves the taste of chemical sprays and pesticides? Not us, that's for sure. Without all those nasties, you can really appreciate the full flavour of the grapes, and it's a much more pleasant and creative drinking experience.
Secondly, Organic Wines are much less harmful to the environment. The entire process is much more gentle; there's less soil erosion and fewer chemicals are released into the atmosphere. Generally, these wineries will not be bottling en-masse, so the carbon footprint of these wines is much smaller, because there's much fewer produced.
Thirdly, Organic Wine is much better for you than commercial wine. Many people are allergic or intolerant to preservatives and additives, and these can produce some nasty reactions. Preservatives are the most likely culprit for those surprise hangovers often experienced after only a couple of glasses (we've all been there)! Organic Wine contains half the maximum legal limit of Sulphur Dioxide (220). Sulphur Dioxide is one of the most common additives in commercial wine, often added to preserve or lengthen the lifespan of a wine. Which leads us on to our next question...
Does Organic Wine 'go bad' faster?
In short, no. It's a common misconception that Organic Wine will not keep as long as wines that have preservatives in them. Actually, if they're stored correctly, many of these wines can outlive their chemically counterparts! It's important to realise that Organic Wines are living, breathing things. They react to their environments. Which is a good thing! By comparison, commercial wines are pretty much mummified (ew!). They'll probably last longer, but I also know which one I'd rather drink!
Always check with your winemerchant if you're interested about storing your organic wine. Some wines are specifically made to be drunk within a year (usually these are wines whose grapes have been harvested early), but others will be able to be stored for a number of years, given the right conditions.
Where can I buy Organic Wine?
Hey hi hello - you can buy them from us! We have a great selection of Organic and Preservative Free Wines from around the world. We have everything from amazing Australian Wine from the Barossa and McLaren Vale, to fantastic French Wine from Burgundy and the Loire Valley. Whether you're interested in Cabernet Sauvignon or Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay or Pinot, we have Organic Wine to suit your taste.
We ship Australia wide, so fill your shopping cart with amazing preservative free drops and have them delivered to your door!
Please remember that we cannot sell or supply these delectable preservative free wines to any person under the age of 18 years, or anyone buying on behalf of a person under the age of 18 years. We cannot sell outside of Australia. And please drink our preservative free wine responsibly.