Superior produce occurs naturally
It has become increasingly important for vineyards to strive beyond the standards of commercially "acceptable" methods of agriculture where synthetic and chemically-based materials are applied to soil and vine in an attempt to regulate productivity and increase profitability. Grapes are high on the list of the most chemically "sprayed" produce in the market today.
Sustaining Our Earth
A bottle of conventionally produced wine may contain up to 250 different types of chemicals. If you're a wine lover, a year's worth of organically grown wine purchases would keep about two pounds of fertilizers and 50 grams of pesticides out of the environment (and out of your wineglass). If one in twenty wine drinkers decided to demand organic wines, organic vineyards would increase by nearly forty thousand acres, resulting in the elimination of more than 3.3 million pounds of agrochemicals per year.
Are we surprised that many are searching for organic alternatives to conventional wines? The conventional trend is gradually changing as an increasing number of vintners are recognizing common-sense approaches (some age-old) to organic farming techniques. Organic growing practices are reviving the rich traditions of farming and wine making that has been time tested over centuries. The results are not only healthier vines but grapes that have higher nutritional value and more robust flavors.
Only by tasting the intense flavor of an organic grape do you realize that superior produce occurs naturally. Considered a whole food, wine made of organic grapes is valued as intrinsic to the balance of our health, life, and culture. Wine made with organically grown grapes not only benefits the earth, but also gives us a food that only the richness of the earth will produce. (The Green Book by E. Rogers & T. Kostigen, 2007)
Conventional vs. Organic Wine
Wine grapes are an agricultural product. Conventional wine grapes may be chemically treated like any other agricultural product to deal with pests, viruses, weeds, fungi, and to increase yield. Most wine growers are dependent on chemicals. Organically grown wine is produced using organically grown grapes that have been certified by an officially accredited certifying agency (ACA).
No pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, synthetic fertilizers or chemicals are allowed on the vines or in the soil. Wines made with organic grapes cannot exceed 100 ppm of sulfites and are labeled as "made with organic grapes". These wines cannot use the USDA organic seal. Conventional wines may contain sulfite levels up to 350 parts per million (ppm).
Health Benefits of Organic Resveratrol in Wine
One of the secrets to French longevity seems to lie in the nourishing fields of the Bordeaux Countryside. Here, organic vineyards bear lush grapes that brim with organic Resveratrol. Until recently the key to preserving youthful radiance and health has been elusive. Clinical studies have begun unraveling some of the mystery that underlies the longer and healthier lives of the French and organic Resveratrolis at the top of the list.