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Organic Wines

Regulated by European specifications that outline the rules for production, processing, labelling and import, wines labelled organic guarantee that no chemicals were used to treat the vines. No...Read More

Products (713)
RP
92
JR
16
WS
87-90
Organic wines
Château La Lagune 2014
£710 Incl. VAT & DP
£59.17 / Unit
RP
87
JR
16.5+
RG
18
Organic wines
Château La Lagune 2015
40% discount on the second case
£660 Incl. VAT & DP
£55 / Unit
RP
90
JR
15.5
JS
92
Organic wines
Château de La Dauphine 2016
40% discount on the second case
£270 Incl. VAT & DP
£22.50 / Unit
Organic wines
Famille Perrin : Réserve 2019
Light prices
£120
£100 Incl. VAT & DP
£8.33 / Unit
RP
87
JR
16
WS
90
Organic wines
Château Mazeyres 2015
40% discount on the second case
£390 Incl. VAT & DP
£32.50 / Unit
RP
90-92
JR
16.5
WS
88
Organic wines
Château des Annereaux 2018
£230 Incl. VAT & DP
£19.17 / Unit
RP
94
JR
16.5++
JS
94-95
Organic wines
Château La Lagune 2019
£470 Incl. VAT & DP
£39.17 / Unit
RP
91+
JR
16
WS
90
Organic wines
Château Grand Corbin-Despagne 2015
40% discount on the second case
£450 Incl. VAT & DP
£37.50 / Unit
JS
91-92
Organic wines
Château des Annereaux 2019
£200 Incl. VAT & DP
£16.67 / Unit
RP
92
JS
88
Organic wines
Xavier Vignon : Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Bio 2019
40% discount on the second case
£150 Incl. VAT & DP
£12.50 / Unit
RP
90-92
JS
93-94
Organic wines
Couvent des Jacobins 2019
£370 Incl. VAT & DP
£30.83 / Unit
RP
87
JR
16.5
WS
88
Organic wines
Château Mazeyres 2016
Light prices
£380
£360 Incl. VAT & DP
£30 / Unit
AM
90
Organic wines
Jean-Marc Brocard : Chablis 1er cru "Fourchaume" 2020
£330 Incl. VAT & DP
£27.50 / Unit
RP
92
JR
16.5+
JS
94-95
Organic wines
Château La Lagune 2016
£620 Incl. VAT & DP
£51.67 / Unit
RP
93+
JS
92
Organic wines
Paul Jaboulet-Aîné : Domaine de Thalabert 2019
£330 Incl. VAT & DP
£27.50 / Unit
RP
93
JR
17
WS
89
Organic wines
Château Grand Corbin-Despagne 2018
£400 Incl. VAT & DP
£33.33 / Unit
JR
16.5+
Organic wines
Château des Annereaux 2016
£260 Incl. VAT & DP
£21.67 / Unit
RP
91
WS
88
Organic wines
Tasca Conti d'Almerita - Tenuta Tascante : Ghiaia Nera 2018
£220 Incl. VAT & DP
£18.33 / Unit
WS
89
Organic wines
Famille Bourgeois : La Demoiselle de Bourgeois 2018
£330 Incl. VAT & DP
£27.50 / Unit
Organic wines
Famille Bourgeois : La Bourgeoise 2018
£330 Incl. VAT & DP
£27.50 / Unit
RP
89-91
JS
91-92
Organic wines
Château la Rose Figeac 2019
£340 Incl. VAT & DP
£28.33 / Unit
Organic wines
Ermitage du Pic Saint-Loup : Tour de Pierres 2020
£160 Incl. VAT & DP
£13.33 / Unit
Organic wines
Clos Marie : L'Olivette 2020
£230 Incl. VAT & DP
£19.17 / Unit
RP
89-91
Organic wines
Xavier Vignon : Vieilles Vignes 2017
£150 Incl. VAT & DP
£12.50 / Unit
AM
91
Organic wines
Jean-Marc Brocard : Chablis 1er cru "Montée de Tonnerre" 2019
£340 Incl. VAT & DP
£28.33 / Unit
Organic wines
Jean-Marc Brocard : Chablis 1er cru "Vaulorent" 2020
£370 Incl. VAT & DP
£30.83 / Unit
RP
88
JR
16.5
WS
88
Organic wines
M. Chapoutier : Les Varonniers 1999
£710 Incl. VAT & DP
£118.33 / Unit
RP
89
JR
16.5++
JS
93
Organic wines
Château de La Dauphine 2018
£230 Incl. VAT & DP
£19.17 / Unit
RP
93+
JR
17
WS
89
Organic wines
Château Grand Corbin-Despagne 2019
£380 Incl. VAT & DP
£31.67 / Unit
RP
91
JR
16.5
JS
92-93
Organic wines
Château de La Dauphine 2019
£230 Incl. VAT & DP
£19.17 / Unit
RP
93
JR
15.5
WS
90
Organic wines
Château Grand Corbin-Despagne 2016
£420 Incl. VAT & DP
£35 / Unit
JR
17
AM
90
Organic wines
Jean-Marc Brocard : Chablis 1er cru "Vau de Vey" 2019
£290 Incl. VAT & DP
£24.17 / Unit
WS
89
Organic wines
Famille Bourgeois : En Travertin 2020
£230 Incl. VAT & DP
£19.17 / Unit
RP
93-95
JR
18.5
WS
94
Organic wines
M. Chapoutier : Le Pavillon 2001
£1,990 Incl. VAT & DP
£331.67 / Unit
Organic wines
Famille Bourgeois : Grande Réserve 2020
£230 Incl. VAT & DP
£19.17 / Unit
RP
98
Organic wines
M. Chapoutier : Le Pavillon 2000
£2,280 Incl. VAT & DP
£380 / Unit
Organic wines
Famille Bourgeois : Grande Réserve 2021
£240 Incl. VAT & DP
£20 / Unit
RP
88
JR
16-
WS
92
Organic wines
Château Mazeyres 2017
£320 Incl. VAT & DP
£26.67 / Unit
RP
92-94
JR
16.5
BD
93-94
Organic wines
Château La Lagune 2020
£372 Ex duty & VAT
£31 / Unit
AM
89
Organic wines
Jean-Marc Brocard : Chablis Village "Sainte Claire" 2020
£210 Incl. VAT & DP
£17.50 / Unit
RP
89
JR
16.5+
WS
91
Organic wines
M. Chapoutier : Les Varonniers 2008
£480 Incl. VAT & DP
£80 / Unit
RP
93
JS
94
Organic wines
Domaine du Cellier aux Moines : Givry 1er cru "Clos du Cellier aux Moines" 2019
£450 Incl. VAT & DP
£37.50 / Unit
RP
93
JS
93
Organic wines
Paul Jaboulet-Aîné : Domaine de Thalabert 2018
£340 Incl. VAT & DP
£28.33 / Unit
Organic wines
Xavier Vignon : Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2019
£370 Incl. VAT & DP
£30.83 / Unit
RP
96
JR
18
WS
92
Organic wines
M. Chapoutier : Le Pavillon 1999
£2,220 Incl. VAT & DP
£370 / Unit

Organic Wines | Minimizing the Use of Harmful Synthetic Chemicals

A quick glance at the statistics on organic wine imports and sales makes clear that this fast-growing trend is here to stay. We have no doubt all seen "Organic" sections popping up in our local wine shops and bars. But what exactly is organic wine and how did it become so popular? Is it better for you? Where is it produced and by what guidelines? Let's take a closer look!

What makes a wine organic?

Wines are organic when they are produced from grapes grown using a certain set of conditions, without the use of artificial or synthetic chemicals that could harm the environment. While each geographical region has its own set of conditions, they all tend to have in common the rejection of synthetic herbicides and pesticides. Instead, in order to prevent the spread of weeds and insects in the vineyard, organic producers find inventive ways to work with nature. Sheep or goats may be allowed, for example, to graze between the vine rows to reduce the spread of weeds. Certain cover crops may be introduced in order to shelter beneficial insect species that prey on problem species. By converting the vineyard into a self-regulating ecosystem, organic producers eliminate the need for artificial chemicals that would otherwise damage the environment.

 

François Poincet
© François Poincet

 

Certain standards for organic vary from one region to another. A major difference between organic wines from the USA and those from Europe, for example, has to do with the use of sulphites in the winemaking process. In order to be certified organic in the USA, a wine may not contain any added sulphites, often resulting in a shorter shelf life. Wines from the USA may be labelled "Made with Organic Grapes" when they are produced from grapes grown according to organic regulations but they contain up to 100 ppm added sulphites. Organic wines from the EU, on the other hand, may contain up to 100 ppm added sulphites in red wines (compared to 150 ppm in non-organic reds) and 150 ppm in whites (compared to 200 ppm in conventional whites). Similarly, Canada also allows 100 ppm sulphites in its organic wines. Thus American organic and "Made with Organic Grapes" wines can be sold in Europe as organic, while European organic wines can only receive the "Made with Organic Grapes" seal in the USA. This distinction comes from a fundamental difference in the definition of "organic" between the two continents.

Who decides whether a wine is organic?

In order for a wine to legally be marketed as organic, it must first be certified. This is done by a third-party organisation which carries out annual audits on candidate vineyards to make sure they are complying with the standards set forth in the region where the vineyard is located. ECOCERT, founded in France in 1991, is one of the first international organic certification organisations; now conducting inspections in more than 80 countries. Another important one is Demeter International, which is also the largest certification organization for biodynamic agriculture. The USDA is perhaps the most important such regulatory bodies in the United States, focusing on both the growing of grapes and the conversion into wine.

 

Chateau de la Dauphine
© Chateau de la Dauphine

 

How did the Organic trend become popular?

The organic movement first began in the beginning of the 20th century as an alternative to the large-scale agricultural practices brought on by industrialisation. The latter included the use of synthetic nitrogen-based fertilisers and pesticides, which were later proven to be pollutants and harmful to both the environment and human health. The 20's and 30's saw the formation of several cooperatives promoting organic agriculture. These eventually joined to form the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements in 1972. But it wasn't until the past decade or so that the organic movement saw a significant rise in demand for "green products." Environmental awareness and health consciousness has driven a wave of new consumers to seek out sustainably grown, "earthy" and local products. This increased demand, especially among consumers aged 30 years or younger, for natural products has also resulted in a boom in the organic wine industry as well. Worldwide, the number of organic vineyards has nearly tripled between 2004 and 2011.

Where in the world are the organic vines?

While the greatest demand for organic wines appears to be in the USA, 70% of the world's organic vines can be found in Europe. Three countries produce 70% of the organic wines in the world. Spain leads with 26% (producers including , followed by Italy with 23% (producers like Bibi Graetz, Poggio di Sotto and Zymé), and France with 21% (producers like M. Chapoutier, Château La Mondotte, and David Duband). Spain also has the most land planted with organic wines, numbering around 200,000 acres. Spain's organic vineyard acreage has also quadrupled between 2003 and 2014, while that of France tripled. Italy has also seen a significant increase during this time. Austria and Italy lead in the percentage of total producers who make organic, followed by Spain, France, Germany, Bulgaria and Greece.

 

Grgich Hills Estate
© Grgich Hills Estate

 

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Organic

As the production of organic wine eliminates the use of pesticides and herbicides that could harm the environment, the purchase of these wines supports the preservation of a healthy natural ecosystem. As we are part of that ecosystem, we also directly benefit. For example, synthetic chemicals used on vineyards can drain out and pollute a nearby water resource that we rely on for drinking water. The added sulphites that are eliminated from organic wines in the USA and significantly reduced in wines of Europe and Canada are believed to cause the headache and nausea commonly experienced after the day after drinking. Organic wines are thus associated with hangovers less unpleasant than those experienced after consuming conventional wines.

The lack of herbicides or pesticides used, however, may make vines more vulnerable to pests and diseases, which may result in a lower yield. This means organic wines cannot be mass-produced. Lack of sulphites reduces the ability of an organic wine to be stored, as they are particularly sensitive to temperature and sunlight. This makes transportation costly, reducing availability. It is therefore essential to seek out organic wines as close to local as possible. Finally, organic wines tend to differ from one vintage to the next and there is even sometimes a difference from one bottle to another. This inconsistency often deters some larger buyers from including these wines in their portfolios.

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