As more and more people opt for a healthier lifestyle, switching to organic produce has become quite the phenomenon. According to the Soil Association Organic Market Report 2019, the UK spend almost £45 million a week on organic products with Beers, Wines & Spirits being a key contributor to driving growth in this market. It’s no surprise that wine producers are gradually introducing certified organic labelling into their winemaking as it is predicted that by 2022 that the organic wine market is forecasted to reach 87.5 million cases as stated by the IWSR Organic Report 2019.
What is organic wine?
Nowadays, if you see an organic wine on a wine list in a restaurant, hotel or pub it means that the grapes used to make the wine are grown without the use of artificial or synthetic chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides (basically man-made chemicals). However, in order for it to be labelled as ‘organic’ on a wine list, the wine has to be certified organic through a certifying body and the department of agriculture.
Can organic wines be vegan?
You may think that if a wine is organic then surely it would be vegan…well this isn’t entirely true. Within the wine making process, most producers use animal-derived products (both organic and natural) for fining that could affect its flavour, texture, appearance or colour. These include isinglass, albumen, casein and gelatin which remove impurities and sediment from the wines. However more winemakers are choosing to use mineral and plant-based fining agents such as bentonite clay and silica gel so that they are vegan friendly. Our Vegan Wines Explained blog goes into more detail about this.
Not only do organic wines help increase the flow of biodiversity in the vineyard, but there is a claim that they can help to reduce hangovers! They require half the maximum legal limit of sulphur dioxide – a common preservative that reduces or removes unwanted yeasts and bacteria in the wine…so bye bye headache (hopefully).
Moreover, rumour has it by growing the grapes organically you can definitely taste the difference in the wine…why not try for yourself! Here are some of our certified organic wines we stock:
Natura Nostrum, France – The producer of this wine – Maison Louis Max gives great importance to organic viticulture with the Natura Nostrum being vinified in the utmost respect of the environment and in turn, producing an aromatic, organic wine that has beautiful aromas of white flowers, elderberry, nettles and ripe fruit.
Wilderness Organic Shiraz, Australia – The label design on this Australian Shiraz expresses its organic status. It has ripe, plump layers of juicy red fruits supported by vanilla, spice and oak with soft yet structured tannins.
Dominio de Fontana Sauvignon Blanc & Verdejo, Spain – The organic vineyards are sustainably farmed in Uclés achieving perfectly balanced wine The result? A wine that has intense and expressive aromas, that combine grassy and gooseberry notes from the Sauvignon Blanc with notes of fennel and white pepper from the Verdejo.
Cameleon Malbec Dulce, Argentina – Something sweet for your taste buds. This is Domaine Bousquet’s first Argentine dessert wine that is both organic and vegan. It is filled with aromas of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit with spicy, black pepper notes. It goes perfectly with a delicious chocolate dessert or trusty Stilton cheese!