A Guide To The Most Eco-Friendly Wines

on 13/07/12 at 8:51 am


From Earth911’s Alexis Petru:

Whether you’re a self-professed oenophile or just enjoy an occasional glass of red table wine with dinner, navigating the labels of wines that purport to be eco-friendly can be confusing: “100-percent organic,” “made with organic ingredients,” “natural” or “vegan-friendly.” But before you give up on finding a greener glass of wine, check out Earth911’s guide to wines that aim to please your palate and seek to reduce their impact on the planet.

Organic Wine

A bottle of conventionally produced wine may contain up to 250 different types of chemicals, according to EcoVine Wine, a Santa Barbara, Calif.-based wine club specializing in organic and vegan wines.

But now you can choose from a wide selection of wines – all regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program – that come from vineyards that avoid using synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.

As its name suggests, 100-percent organic wines must contain 100-percent organically produced ingredients and have been processed using only organically produced aids, not counting added water and salt. In addition, winemakers cannot introduce added sulfites to 100-percent organic wines, as the USDA considers sulfites to be a synthetic food additive.