Want to make sure that what you drink is as healthy as possible?
Then you’re probably considering getting into organic wine but where do you start?
Well, while it’s true that some “organic” wine has been, traditionally, not so great – that’s not true anymore.
Our top 12 best organic wines brands for 2020 are, without doubt, top quality picks that could go head to head with their more processed counterparts and not give up an inch of ground.
We’ve gone global to bring you the best of the best.
There’s no compromise on taste or quality at all.
QUICK LINKS FOR THE TOP ORGANIC WINES BRANDS
- Tortoise Creek
- Willamette Valley Vineyards
- Frog’s Leap
- Frey Organic
- Coates Vineyards
- Santa Julia
- Casa Di Malia
What Is Organic Wine?
Well, this isn’t an easy distinction to make because there is a split between “organic grapes” and “organic wine making”.
So, the ideal organic wine uses only organically grown grapes but also hasn’t had anything added to it during the fermentation process that wouldn’t meet the criteria of “organic”.
Unfortunately, the fully organic processing of wine seems to be quite a distance away for most wine producers and thus, we’ve been forced to keep to a list where “organic grapes” is the key distinction.
What’s even more confusing is that “vegan”, “natural”, “sustainable” and even “biodynamic” do not mean that a wine is organic or that the grapes are organic.
Then there’s the fact that if you want the USDA label “organic” on the bottle, you have to pay for certification so many organic wines from smaller vineyards have not bothered to pay for the certification and thus can’t call themselves organic.
So, if you see “organic” on the bottle – it refers to organic grapes, but it doesn’t mean that other wines you see aren’t organic.
They just may not be allowed to say so.
Best Organic Wines For 2020
Tortoise Creek Mission Grove Pinot Noir 2018, California
Not only is this pick organic but it’s also vegan.
The nose is stuffed full of ripe cherry and there’s a hint of violets in there too.
We really appreciated the fruit but rounded body too. There’s a touch of raspberry in there that really brings out a refreshing summer feel to this solid red.
The grapes are sourced from Californian small holdings and they’re all farmed in a truly traditional manner.
You can check out the Tortoise Creek Mission Grove Pinot Noir 2018 online.
Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir, 2018, Oregon
This is an exceedingly good tipple and the Willamette Valley Vineyards is a collective farming outlet that represents over 16,000 producers!
They are truly sustainable in their practices.
We love the ruby redness of this one and the touch of dark chocolate in the palate makes it very moreish, indeed.
You can check out the Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir, 2018, Oregon online.
Frog’s Leap Pink La Grenouille Rougante 2018, California
A super wine for the picnic in the park. You will find a soupcon of boldness in this pure bodied pink.
We can’t get enough of this when we’re chilling with friends and we doubt that you’ll be able to resist it either.
You can check out the Frog’s Leap Pink La Grenouille Rougante 2018 online.
Frey Organic Chardonnay, 2018, California
Frey is a big name in the organic wine arena and their chardonnay is bright and has a real apple and pear overtone.
It’s light and refreshing and it’s the perfect accompaniment to a summer’s day and a super salad.
You can check out the Frey Organic Chardonnay, 2018 on online.
Mionetto Organic Prosecco Extra Dry, Italy
We’d be doing you a disservice if we didn’t include a sparkling wine on this list and while this isn’t quite champagne, it’s a great value bubbly with note of elderflower lurking beneath the surface.
It’s eminently quaffable when partying too.
You can check out the Mionetto Organic Prosecco Extra Dry online.
Coates Vineyards Organic Sangiovese 2015, California
If you want an unpretentious red to accompany a hearty Sunday lunch then this might be the way to go.
It’s fresh and earthy and it has a substantial flavor.
Coates is becoming a name to watch among wine aficionados, and this is a super value way to explore the brand.
You can check out the Coates Vineyards Organic Sangiovese online.
Ziobaffa Organic Pinot Grigio, 2019, Italy
No GMOs, fully organic and conforming to al the EU criteria on vineyards, the Ziobaffa offerings are always excellent and this light and heady pinot grigio is no exception to that rule.
This is the ideal wine to sip in company or to save for a day when you just want to relax with a book.
It lets you make the rules.
You can check out the Ziobaffa Organic Pinot Grigio, 2019, Italy online.
Yalumba Organic Viognier, 2017, Australia
Yalumba is an old school family vineyard with a genuine commitment to reducing their environmental footprint.
They ensure that for every hectare they farm, they preserve one hectare of natural vegetation.
This straw colored white smells of apricot nectar and has just a touch of star fruit in the body.
You can check out the Yalumba Organic Viognier, 2017 online.
Santa Julia Organic Blanc de Blancs, Argentina
This super Argentinian white comes from a vineyard committed to preserving the environment and giving back to the local community.
This is a solid chardonnay with a lovely toasted bread and honey scent and there are even some cheeky orange peel notes to be found.
You can check out the Santa Julia Organic Blanc de Blancs, Argentina online.
Casa Di Malia Organic Prosecco, Italy
Our second prosecco on the list is also Italian.
We can’t get enough of this superb sparkling wine which brings elegant citrus hits with some of the most perfect bubbles that we’ve ever encountered in a glass.
Serve this with a cheese plate or a charcuterie plate for the maximum indulgence.
You can check out the Casa Di Malia Organic Prosecco online.
Benziger Organic Reserve Pinot Noir, California
This one’s quite pricey!
The upside? Benziger offers a organically certified grapes by the California Certified Organic Farmers Association and they have them audit their claim of being organic on an annual basis.
So, given that we’re happy to pay for this succulent collection of pepper, rose petals, raspberry and black cherry in a bottle.
You can check out the Benziger Organic Reserve Pinot Noir online.
Candoni Organic Pinot Grigio, 2018, Italy
When you just want something for everyday drinking, look no farther than this pleasant and distinct Italian white.
It goes nicely with just about anything and the super hint of fig in the body makes this a genuine delight to sip.
Each bottle is a unique work of art made using a technique called serigraphy too!
You can check out the Candoni Organic Pinot Grigio, 2018 online.
Final Thoughts on Organic Wines
Organic wine is here to stay and we say, “hooray for that!”
Where once being sustainable meant drinking a pale and insipid version of the best wines, today, you can find something to suit every palate and without compromising on taste or quality.
Each of the 12 brands above and the specific bottles we mention are leading the charge to make the world of wine truly organic and we applaud them for it and we’re sure that you will too once you try the wine.