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Organic, Biodynamic, and Natural Wine

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Organic, Biodynamic, and Natural Wine

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.

What is Organic 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.

What is Natural Wine

What is a Biodynamic Wine?

The biodynamic approach originated in Australia by Rudolf Steiner, who was professionally a philosopher. It was developed around 100 years ago to believe that vineyards should be managed as an ecological whole. The farming concepts were unconventional. However, they helped farmers sustain the fertility of their lands. Even today, farmers use unconventional ways and plant different species in their land along with grapes.
Biodynamic
The growing of different species allows the soil to upkeep its nutrition levels without using chemical fertilizers. In addition, the biodynamic farming methods have led to reduced use of pesticides on the fields, meaning the wine is prepared using somewhat organic grapes.
Biodynamic wines taste similar to organic wines as they are prepared using a similar process and raw materials. However, if the farmer uses little pesticides on the farm, the taste may vary between the two. The choice between biodynamic and organic comes down to personal preference. Whether you buy organic, biodynamic, or natural wine, you have to experience their first taste in the Palavino glasses that are fit to pour any wine.

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