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4 Organic Wines to Try This Season

4 Organic Wines to Try This Season

Organic wine has become more and more prevalent in the last few years – but what does it actually mean? Although it sounds like a thoroughly modern movement, the first organic vineyard in Australia was started back in 1971 in Mudgee. Named after the the region, The Botobolar vineyard then became Australia’s first certified organic vineyard in 1984.

Market research has shown that demand for organic wine has been steadily on the rise in Australia for some time, with organic grape production increasing by 120 per cent between 2011 and 2014. But before you dive in, it’s good to know the basics behind the bottle.

What counts as an organic wine?

You may know that organic wines are environmentally friendly but not why they are so. Organic wines are grown and produced according to guidelines set by the Australian Certified Organic Standard, meaning that organic winemakers can’t apply any synthetic chemicals to the soil, vines or wine itself. Generally, organic wines shouldn’t contain more than half the amount of preservatives found in ‘normal’ wine, (which is great for people who are sensitive to sulphur dioxide) .

So how do winemakers make sure that bugs don’t destroy their crops without the help of pesticides? By working with nature and not against it – like using cover crops to provide a habitat for beneficial insects and allowing sheep to graze and eat weeds between vine rows.

Just to sum up: these organic grapes are grown without artificial pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or fertiliser, they are produced using environmentally sustainable farming methods and the wine contains minimal or no added preservatives.

Are organic wines and natural wines the same?

Nope! Unlike the production of organic wines, there are no regulations about what constitutes a natural wine. Even though natural wine is very popular, there has been a lot of debate between wine experts about the actual definition.

It’s mostly agreed that natural wines are made from crops that have been grown with a minimum of sprays and only exposed to a small amount of preservatives at bottling (whereas organic wines are not exposed to pesticides and have no added preservatives). While some people love a cloudy glass of wine, some accuse winemakers of jumping on a trend without understanding the proper winemaking processes. As it is, there are still no steadfast rules on what a natural wine is.

Which ones should I try?

Looking to try a bottle of organic wine? Here are our recommendations:
Salena Estate Organic Shiraz - A wine with a full-bodied mouthfeel, with a depth of fruit flavour.
Salena Estate Organic Cabernet Sauvignon - A winner for those who love rich blackcurrant and cassis flavours.
Angove Organic Rosé - A Royal Melbourne Wine Award bronze medallist for their 2017 vintage, this wine has flavours of cherry and watermelon.
Angove Organic Sauvignon Blanc - A vegan-friendly wine of citrus, guava and passionfruit notes.