As the wine world is marching toward eco-consciousness, customers begin to see different labels on their beloved wine bottles. These new labels leave them questioning if they are drinking the right wine. In addition, you must have come across terms like organic, non-organic, biodynamic wines, etc. These are printed on the wine bottles to segregate how the wines are made.
The wine enthusiast in you must be curious about how these terms are related to wines and what difference they bring to the taste of the wine. Keep the curiosity alive!
This article will take you through the meaning of these terms and how they are different from each other.
What is Organic Wine?
Organic- as the name suggests, is prepared just as other organic products are. Organic wines do not use chemicals, such as sulfur dioxide, which is added as a preservative during fermentation. There is no use of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, fungicides, etc. The grape is organically grown without the use of any chemicals or fertilizers.
There is a dilemma among wines labeled as ‘organic’ and ‘made from organic grapes. In the latter, the raw material is grown organically; however, the final product may contain chemicals such as sulfur dioxide for preservation purposes. The organic label means that it is completely organic.
Interestingly, natural wines will all be organic, but not all organic wines are natural. The reason behind this is that organic wine has added yeast which is missing in the natural wine.
Taste of Organic Wine
Organic wines have more concentrated flavors of grapes. The absence of preservatives improves the taste of wine with time. Organic wine tastes equally good as conventional wines. They are prepared more carefully and are preserved at set temperatures as they do not have any natural preservatives. These organic wines are preserved in their natural environment.
What is Natural Wine?
Natural wine is made with pesticide-free grapes and no additives or preservatives. Natural wine is fermented with yeast naturally present in the air. The minimal intervention in the wine-making process brings out a living bottle of wine. The final bottle of wine has a classic taste as the process is not altered at any stage. It may taste something similar to bitter beer or kombucha. Ideally, a natural wine tastes different than your regular wine, which has added preservatives and other flavors.
Natural wine is always organic because there are no chemicals or preservatives added. The minimal alteration technique used to keep the traditional wine-making process leads to the preparation of fully organic wine. The only difference is that organic wine has added yeast during the fermentation process whereas natural wine is fermented with the yeast present in the air.
The only issue with natural wine is that there are no regulatory laws regarding wines labeled as ‘natural’ This means that any company has the right to call their wine natural regardless of the wine-making process they use. Therefore, it suggests buying natural wines with ‘organic’ or ‘biodynamic’ labels.