Organic and Biodynamic winemaking can get nitty-gritty real fast. Before we dive into some of the details, here’s the main thing you need to know: organic and biodynamic producers place a large focus on what happens in the vineyard. By growing high-quality grapes, they’re able to craft beautiful wines with less human intervention. It’s great wine, naturally.
Now, for you wine nerds out there, here are some quick differences between what these terms mean:
“Organic Wine” - Certified by the USDA with strict regulations - all ingredients going into the wine must be certified organic. No sulfites may be added, although naturally occurring sulfites are permitted.
“Organically Grown Grapes” - Less intense than organic wine, these bottles are made entirely from certified organic grapes. Additional ingredients that go into the wine may be used (i.e. yeast). Sulfites are limited to 100 parts per million or less.
“Biodynamic Winemaking” - A holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to farming and winemaking. Practices used in biodynamic winemaking go back nearly a century and start in the vineyard. They include practices such as adhering to an astronomic calendar and specific fertilizing routines; biodynamic wineries are often organic in practice, even if they’re not certified.
Whatever the label says, whatever it means, what we’re sure of is that the wine inside these bottles is fantastic! For specific details on each of the wines below, be sure to read their descriptions.