As consumers we have become much more aware of the provenance of our goods. Whether it be food miles, locally sourced meats or free-range eggs. In the wine industry we are seeing the same paradigm shift in thinking by consumers and professionals alike. By extension there has been a move to more sustainably grown grapes and a demand for both organic and bio-dynamic wines. Wine bars and importers featuring organic/bio wines have flourished helping to champion the cause. So as a new generation of talented winemakers grow beards and embrace these winemaking philosophies, you, the consumer, are reaping the rewards.
The use of organic and bio-dynamics lend themselves to a much more careful approach to wine making and ultimately to a focus on the fruit. This philosophy of fruit first and winemaking second is one that is permeating even more mainstream producers and certainly winemakers who do not carry organic or bio-dynamics certifications but may follow these principals. So here the story starts to become a little more complicated. Who is certified who is not? Are the wines good because they are Organic or Bio-dynamic or is it just green washing to sell wine? Well we have de-mystified this for you this month mixed dozen and selected a fantastic range of 100% certified bio and organic wines that we think are not only fantastic value but are going to make your conscious feel great about drinking them.
Organic wine is wine made from grapes grown in accordance with principles of organic farming, which typically excludes the use of artificial chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. The major certifier in Australia is NASAA Organics.
Biodynamic wines are wines made employing biodynamic methods both to grow the fruit and during the post-harvest processing. Biodynamic wine production uses organic farming methods (e.g. employing compost as fertilizer and avoiding most pesticides) while also employing soil supplements prepared according to Rudolf Steiner's formulas, following a planting calendar that depends upon astronomical configurations. (Per and Britt Karlsson, Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking, p. 31)