There are a lot of questions about Organic Wines. Most of the questions are in regards to sulfites, which are a preservative added to wine. Many people have found they are allergic or have a reaction to these sulfites, usually in the form of a headache, or a flush/hot face.
Organic Wines and Organic Grapes are grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or any other man-made chemicals. They use only natural fertilizers and use different plants and insects to ward off pests. Winemakers feel this method of growing helps reflect the land’s natural influence and qualities. Biodynamic farming is also a type of organic farming.
But the big difference between “Organic Wine” and “Wine made with Organic Grapes” is the addition of sulfites. If a wine is labeled “Organic” the winemaker cannot add sulfites to the wine! If the wine is only labeled “made with Organic Grapes” the winemaker can add sulfites to the wine.
Organic wines are hard to find, and have a very short life. Without the sulfites to preserve the wines, the wine begins to break down in the bottle. There are some naturally occurring sulfites in grapes, but not enough to extend the life of the wine once it is bottled.
There are many wines available that are made with organic grapes and not all wineries specifically list this fact on their label. The benefit is that you know no chemicals were used in the farming of the grapes. If you are interested in trying a few, here are a couple recommendations:
WINES MADE WITH ORGANICALLY GROWN GRAPES:
OKO Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon
Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot
Santa Julia Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon
Candoni Pinot Grigio, Merlot
Happy Harry’s does stock a small selection of organic wine from Frey Winery. Because of the short shelf life of these wines, we occasionally run out because they are special order only.