Why organic wine might not be chemical-free

If you want to find truly chemical-free wine, you’ll have to read the labels a bit and do some research. As the Organic Vineyard Alliance points out that there are many terms used to describe various types of wine and how wine grapes are grown, including sustainable, natural, organic, biodynamic, and USDA certified organic. If you’re looking for the most raw, chemical-free wine possible, your best bet might be a natural wine. As Voice explains, natural wine is made from grapes grown without pesticides or herbicides. The grapes are picked by hand rather than by machine. Native yeast is used to ferment the wine, and the wine contains no additives (except the occasional sulfite, depending on the producer). Natural wine is unfiltered and, according to winemaker Krista Scruggs, who was interviewed for the Vox article, “chemical-free, and that’s great.”

However, it should be noted that you will still need to do some research to find a truly “natural” wine, even if a wine claims to be natural. The Organic Vineyard Alliance points out that natural wines are not third-party certified, so there is a bit of wiggle room for growers and producers.

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