What IS Sustainable Wine?
We do not know if you have noticed… but we are having very warm days outside! Now whether this is a direct result of global warming or not, we could not say, but it is certainly very welcome! Jokes aside, sustainability and living in an eco-friendly manner are things we care about deeply here at Sustainable Wines, so this week we wanted to take the opportunity both to tell you a little more about what it means for wine to be sustainable and to big up our favourite warm weather tipple: Rosé.
What is Sustainable Wine?
The definition of sustainable wine is wine grown in an ecologically and economically-responsible manner. It may sound simple, but it is not. Sustainable wine producers aim not only to limit their negative impact on the land they use, but also to improve it for future generations. This means limiting waste – from compost to water to packaging materials – recycling, focussing on renewable energy, and improving the quality of air, water, and soil. One of the ways to do this is to use minimal or no chemical synthetic additives – and these are only to be used to save a harvest as a last resort.
Which leads us on to our next point: a truly sustainable wine must also be grown as organically as possible.
So what is Organic Wine?
What makes an organic wine is best explained in two parts. First, there are organic vineyards. These are plots of land which are entirely managed and farmed without the use of synthetic chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or fertilisers. Secondly, an organic wine is not only one which is made from grapes grown in an organic vineyard, but also one which has had little to no manipulation. This means a wine which has not been subjected to excessive filtration, reverse osmosis or flavour or sweetness additives.
The flavour of an organic wine is very important – they are designed not only to do good, but to taste good! An organic wine is not only better for the planet and better for your health, it also allows a grape and a vineyard’s unique characteristics to be expressed, without having been tampered with or enhanced.
For a wine to be labelled organic or sustainable, it must be certified by the correct authorities- which can often be pricey – so you will find wine on our website which is labelled “Natural”.This means that it has been grown organically, sustainably, or biodynamically (more on this in our next blog!), but has not yet been certified. In any case, you can rest assured knowing that everything we sell on our site passes the test, and does something good for the planet.
And if you’re looking to try something organic or sustainable – we could suggest nothing better than one of our duo or trio collections – specifically selected to introduce you to delicious healthy wines – why not give them a go?! You can only feel better!