So many of us are now turning to organic products for reasons of ethics, nutritional value, and of course, taste. And organic wine is becoming ever more popular among those who wish to enjoy a high quality wine which is more naturally produced.
Many of those who abstain from organic do so due to cost concerns, though the vast majority of those who sample high-end organic produce admit there’s really no comparison.
Particularly when it comes to, you don't have to be a committed connoisseur to understand and appreciate the difference, and with our there is no need to miss out.
But what exactly is ‘organic' wine, and how are organic wines made? What's the big difference between the two and does it have an impact on the final product’s flavour, fragrance and appeal?
What is Organic Wine?
The term ‘organic wine’ simply refers to any wine that has been produced with organically grown grapes, which are subsequently processed in a manner that doesn’t involve the use of non-organic products. Various additives may make their way into the mix before the final product is ready, but must in all instances be organic for the final product to be labelled as ‘organic’.
This is where the difference lies between and ‘natural' wines. The latter of the two merely indicating that nothing synthetic or artificial has been used in its production, though by no means confirms the use of organic ingredients.
Take, for example, our supplier Azienda Agricola Ribote – a family run company who's culture is purely organic. They have an innate desire to maintain their soil traditionally, without synthetic chemicals, which protects the balance of nature in the vineyard, which is reflected in the quality of the wine.
Plus, it’s worth noting at this point that just because a wine is ‘organic’ doesn’t necessarily mean it is vegan. Some of the best organic wines in the world contain animal-sourced ingredients and enzymes.
Should I only choose organic wine?
This is perhaps the most crucial question of all, which typically prompts very different answers from different people. Some people will tell you that anything that's not 100% organic isn't worth touching. By contrast, some of the world's leading wine experts will happily recommend premium-quality non-organic wines, if found to be enjoyable and ethically produced.
As such, it is essential to look beyond labels like these and consider the quality of the product in general. Just as non-organic wines can be fantastic in terms of both quality and enjoyment, organic wines have the potential to be terrible.
After all, just because a product is ‘organic’ doesn’t mean it contains exceptional ingredients, or that it has been meticulously manufactured to the highest quality standards.
If in Doubt…
In most instances, just a tiny bit of background research will tell you all you need to know about any given wine and the winery it came from. Here at Vinek, we carefully select only the most flavoursome Italian wines – both organic and non-organic that are hand picked by our wine experts.
If you’d like to learn more about the potential benefits of organic wine or have any questions on any of our products, reach out to a member of the team at Vinek anytime.