Organic Facts

Organic wines are produced with organic grapes.  Before grapes can be certified as “organic” they must meet specific criteria set up by organizations such as the USDA or Canada Organic. For wineries, organic certification means that no artificial flavours were added to the wine, and no pesticides or chemical fertilizers were used on the grapes. Note that labels reading “made with organic grapes” contain at least 70% organic grapes.

  • Organic wines contain less sulphite than traditional wines. Sulfites are salt compounds or sulphurous acids that occur naturally in many wines, and made be added as a preservative or artificial flavour enhancer. The fact that organic wines are lower in sulfites is especially important for people with known allergies or sensitivities to the compound.
  • Organic wines are not sprayed with harmful chemicals, and usually have greater health benefits and brighter flavours that their non-organic counterparts. When you buy organic wine you are doing more than buying a healthier wine – you are helping change the future. “Organic wine is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations,” says the USDA.
  • Organic wineries avoid chemicals and pesticides, and instead opt for options like natural soaps or predatory insects and animals to keep their grapes free from pests and disease.
  • Organic living is popular not only in the wine industry, but in society as a whole. Over the last decade there has been an increased interest for people to know exactly what they are eating and drinking; choosing organic options means you can be sure that what you’re consuming contains no harmful chemicals.
  • Wine (in moderation) is the best alcohol for those you suffer from gout. The low amount of purines in wine make it much better to consume than beer.
  • A new study published in the UK’s Rheumatology journal shows that people who drink wine more than 10 days a month are less likely to suffer from severe arthritis later in life (Gaffney, 2010).
  • Resveratrol, a compound found in the skin of red grapes, my help protect caspases – enzymes that kill off precancerous cells in the lungs.
  • Several studies have shown that wine, in moderation, may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in adults (Gaffney, 2010).
  • A new Portuguese study finds that red wine after a meal helps kick start digestion, and may promote overall digestive health.