Wine reviewers suggest organic wine is not only better for the environment, it tastes better too.


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Recent studies suggest that wines produced from grapes grown using organic or biodynamic production methods taste better. An assessment of independent reviews of wine critics in California and France on 200,000 samples found that organic wines were rated higher than conventional wines not certified by a third party as organic or biodynamic.

The research combines reports published in 2016 and February this year, using wine reviews from Gault Millau, Gilbert Gaillard and Bettane Desseauve in France and Robert parker, Wine lover and Wine spectator. French critics showed more appreciation than their American counterparts, noting wines officially recognized as organic 6.2 percent and products certified biodynamic 11.8 percent higher than conventionally produced wines, which included producers. claiming to operate using conscientious farming practices in line with organic producers but without third party supervision.

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Wines certified as organic follow strict protocols, with accreditation awarded after a three-year evaluation process. There are various regulatory authorities in operation, including Demeter, Ecocert, and USDA Organic. Certified products display labels or logos of the certification body, usually on the back label. While these farming and production practices are not new, they have only started appearing on labels in the past two decades.

The specific regulations vary slightly from organization to organization, but the guiding principles are that no chemicals or plastics (such as fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides) are used in the cultivation of Vine. The use of additives in the fermentation process is also limited. In particular, the use of sulphites – which help preserve the freshness of the wine and protect against bacteria and oxidation – is more regulated than what is authorized in conventional wines.

Once certified, winemakers undergo annual audits to ensure they are following established guidelines.

These reports are a boost for discerning wine producers who go through the demanding and expensive (in terms of time and effort) certification channels. Most organic and biodynamic winemakers firmly believe that their eco-certified farming practices produce better grapes, which in turn make better wines. This report seems to validate their convictions.

The standards for organic wine in Canada were established in 2007. Since then acceptance has been slow and steady, particularly in the Okanagan where 20 percent of wineries plan to be certified by the end of this season. year, which would rank among the highest proportions of certified organic vineyards anywhere in the world.

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