Earth day is just around the corner (it's next Thursday) and what a better way to celebrate it than with a good bottle of wine, obviously organic?
If you need a little nudge, here are our top reasons to drink organic wines:
1. They look and cost the same as conventional wines. But they taste better
One of the biggest misconceptions about wines made with organic grapes is that they don’t taste as good as conventional wines. Fortunately, this is not true!
Wines labeled “made with organic grapes” are from organically tended vineyards. These grapes ripen just like regular wine grapes. And, they’re made into wine in the same way.
So, they won’t taste any different from conventional wines. Even better: recent studies found that they taste better than conventional wines.
Organic grape wines are also priced pretty competitively.
2. They’re better for you
Here are three interesting facts about wines made with organic grapes that suggest an improved human health impact:
- Wines have reduced sulfites. (Conventional wines may have up to 200 mg/L vs. no more than 150mg/L for organic grape wines).
- In Italy grape growers are not allowed to use glyphosate (aka RoundUp).
- Winemakers are not allowed to use genetically modified yeasts for fermentation.
Of course, sulfites, glyphosate, and genetically modified yeasts haven’t been proven to cause bodily harm in most humans. So, reducing intake is more of a helpful precaution. Either way, seeking out “wines made with organically grown grapes” will hit all those boxes.
3. They’re better for the environment
Still, it’s important to note that organic farming is more difficult for several reasons:
- Pest infestations and plant diseases are much harder and time-consuming to solve. They require creative solutions through patient observation.
- Annual farming costs tend to be higher due to the need for more hands-on work.
- Yields tend to be lower because of reduced chemical use.
- Responsible land-use reduces the amount of land available for crop production.
How you can help
The change starts with us, the wine drinkers. Our buying habits are what gives winemakers the incentive to make big changes to their farming programs. It’s not going to happen overnight, but it can happen before the end of the decade.
Well, when we request and buy organic, biodynamic, or natural wines, we send a message to the wine industry and incentivize wineries to go toward a more sustainable agriculture.
One way to start this wave is to change how you buy affordable, daily drinking wines. Make an effort to pick out organic grape wines.
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Image credits: Bethany Szentesi