Best organic wine to drink in 2022, according to our oenologist

From your weekly vegetable box to your beauty regimen, it’s never been easier to buy from an all-organic store, if that’s something that matters to you. While the the organic versus non-organic debate is complex, know that when it comes to organic wine, there are a handful of potential health benefits associated with the switch. And with the bottles in it WH’s from £8.50, it doesn’t have to be a very expensive option.

Is organic wine really better for you?

Organic wine has greater health benefits than conventional wine because it is made from organic grapes. These produce stronger skin with higher concentrations of anthocyanins and antioxidants, including polyphenols (which are abundant in micronutrients that protect body tissues from oxidative stress) and resveratrol, which it has been shown to have a positive impact on your heart health.

Organic farming methods, on the other hand, promote better soil health, which is better for the environment and wildlife.

Does organic wine give you less of a hangover?

This is where things get a little shady. Organic wine has strict standards in place regarding the amount of sulfur dioxide that can be added. So, for those who are allergic or intolerant, you may see a reduction in headaches and general drowsiness when switching to organic vino.

As consulting dietitian Ro Huntriss (@dietitianro) reminds us, however, that the NHS recommends that adults consume no more than 14 units of alcohol per week on a regular basis; and if 14 units are consumed, distribute this intake over three days.

“If alcohol is consumed in these amounts, it is not believed to worsen the health of an otherwise healthy individual. While there’s no doubt that too much alcohol can be detrimental to physical and mental health, some research suggests that moderate alcohol consumption may even benefit the cardiovascular system. Particular attention was paid to the effects of red wine with components such as resveratrol – a powerful antioxidant”.

How we test organic wines

At women’s health Lab, our panel of 10 testers swapped their smoothies for a selection of organic red, white, rosé and sparkling wines. They were looking for the tastiest bottles that wouldn’t break the bank, and these 12 came out on top:

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Best organic red wine

Paul Jaboulet Aîné ‘Parallèle 45’ Côtes du Rhône Red

For those who like their wine rich and spicy, look no further. This certified organic red Côtes du Rhône leads with jammy red fruits and could not be smoother.

2

Best organic white wine

Selfridges Selection Organic Vegan White Wine

A heavenly pairing with tuna steak, our top-rated organic white wine comes from sunny Spain. Elegant and fruity — serve chilled and savor notes of honeysuckle, apple and stone fruit.

3

Finalist organic red wine

L’Hédoniste Ecology Grenache Organic Wine

thebottleclub.com

€22.49

Made in a certified biodynamic vineyard (the ultimate mark of approval for natural winemaking, meaning the vineyard employs 100% organic practices), this is an intense Grenache from Australia’s highly respected Hedonistic estate.

The aroma is full of tart black cherry and cocoa complexity, which develops on the palate with spices of white pepper and cardamom. At 14% ABV, it packs a punch, so you might want to limit yourself to one drink with dinner.

4

Best organic rosé

Château Miraval Rose

fortnumandmason.com

£19.50

The latest release from the French estate of Brad and Angelina won over during our taste test; Pale pink in the glass, it’s crisp and acidic, with bags of flavors of citrus, green apple and fresh herbs. The perfect summer drink, and 100% organic too.

5

Second organic rosé

Mas de Longchamp Rosé Alpilles

abelandcole.co.uk

£11.50

If you like your rosé with lots of red fruit character, this is the summer blush for you.

It is high in acidity, which means it will work just as well as an appetizer or with lighter dishes like vongole or caprese salad. And at £11, this will be our fridge staple for a long, hot summer (fingers crossed!).

6

Best Organic English Sparkling Wine

Oxney Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine

abelandcole.co.uk

£26.50

Perfect for staycations and parties, this homemade bubbly is entirely organic. Although not vintage (meaning it’s made from a blend of multi-year grapes), it’s packed with cherished notes of brioche, red apple and a fruity blend of passion fruit, peach and of mango.

7

Vice-Champion of Organic English Sparkling Wine

Sparkling wine from the Limney estate

Created with a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunière (from Soil Association-certified vineyards), this English sparkling is sweet as honey with a bright floral backbone for balance.

Our testers felt it could hold up to big champagnes (and high prices), which is a testament to its quality and complexity.

8

Ideal for a taste of the holidays

Purato Siccari Appassimento

abelandcole.co.uk

£10.50

It’s the kind of red we’d sink to while on vacation – and it’s the next best thing to a lazy afternoon in the Sicilian sun.

Pair it with a simply cooked steak or tomato-based pasta to bring out the rich notes of raisins and cherries.

9

Best organic cabernet sauvignon

Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon

Red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon have high levels of antioxidants, making them a relatively healthy choice if you drink alcohol in moderation.

Add to that the fact that Bonterra’s California grapes are all organic and bursting with dark fruit, and we’d say it’s a dream pairing with steak for your next date night.

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Best organic wine at the case

Bel Campo Fiano Bio

markandspencer.com

£8.50

It’s easy to stick with your tried and true old white wine, but this organic fiano is a great easy-drinking alternative, when you’re craving something new.

Available at the case, it is fresh, with notes of citrus, stone fruit and nuts; and goes very well with roast chicken.

11

Best organic pecorino

Saladini Pilastri Pecorino

After Spain, Italy has the most organic vineyards of any country in the world, so it’s no surprise that we’re showcasing another varietal from this part of the world.

You’ll notice this pecorino is fruity, with hints of white peach, apple and melon, as well as a creamier, savory touch that will have you coming back for another drink. As one of the first organic winemakers in Italy, Saladini Pilastri clearly knows what it’s doing.

12

Best organic chardonnay

Emiliana O Organic Chardonnay

A fine example of an unoaked chardonnay from a highly respected sustainable organic and vegan producer (with change from £10!).

As you’d expect from Chile’s warmer climate, it’s all about tropical fruits here – pineapple, grapefruit and peach – with a deliciously long finish you won’t soon forget.

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