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 the wine being made with 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
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 organic 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 Red Wine 2018 online.
Organic wine is here to stay and us wine lovers 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 our chosen brands 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.
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