What is Organic Wine?
Currently, organic wine is defined as “wine made from organically grown grapes.” At this time, a Federal definition for “organic wine” is pending USDA approval. In the meantime, the standards for organic wine (regulating both the crop & production methods) vary among certifiers. However, in all cases, in order for a vineyard to be classed as organic, the owner must be able to prove which vineyard the grapes came from, which officially recognized body certified the vineyard as organic, and from what date certified organic practices began. The fundamental idea behind organic wine is that making wine from grapes grown without chemical fertilizers, weed killers, insecticides, and other synthetic chemicals is better both for the planet AND for the wine drinker because all of these things can damage the soil and the plant, and can end up in the wine as residue.