In the wine world there’s a lot of talk about organic and biodynamic wines but often not a whole lot of explanation. If you’ve been wondering exactly what these terms mean and whether you should trying these wines for yourself, well: let us explain.
Simply put, organic wine is wine made with organically grown grapes.
That means that they are all-natural, grown without any chemicals (though they may contain natural additives). This isn’t quite the end of the matter though; when it comes to wine, organic doesn’t mean the same thing everywhere.
In America, organic wine must be made with grapes grown naturally without any added sulphites. Europe, on the other hand, allows sulphites in their organic wine (they are added simply to preserve wine, and aren’t necessarily anything to worry about).
It’s also worth noting that organic certification itself is something of a grey area; certification can be costly and difficult for small wineries to get hold of, meaning that many wines are organic in everything but name. Labels aren’t everything!
While organic winemaking specifies the need for all-natural products regardless of where they are produced (meaning they can, for example, purchased from external suppliers), biodynamic winemaking takes things one step farther and stipulates that everything should be produced by the winemakers from their estate’s own natural resources.
It comes down to a worldview that places an emphasis on natural interconnectedness. What does this have to do with wine? Simple; a biodynamic winemaker would tell you that the wine in your glass is deeply connected to the part of the natural world which it came from.
Why drink it?
Basically, personal taste. If you prefer to drink something all natural, crafted lovingly by winemakers, they are a good (though not the only) way to go. The lack of additives and preservatives can lead to some… interesting flavors too, especially in the case of biodynamic wines, which can be fun for adventurous palates.
But, mostly, it’s just good to know what those words on the sticker mean!
Feel like trying something natural for yourself? Find some among the selection of European bottles on the BottlesXO app (check for the “Organic” sticker) all ready to be delivered to your door chilled in less than 60 minutes, with no minimum order and no delivery fee.