Winemakers are trying to adjust the wine making process so that they make their wines more sustainable for those consumers who are very conscious. The ecofriendly wines are those wines that try not to harm the environment in any way.
There are three categories of ecofriendly wines, that is, natural, organic or biodynamic.
Organic wines are products of the organic grapes whose growth involves no chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, antibiotics or artificial ingredients. The ‘organic’ title of these wines simply shows that they constitute 95% of organic ingredients or even more and no sulfites are used in the process of winemaking.
The biodynamic wines not only come from organic grapes but also grow in a healthy and clean natural surrounding provided by the wildlife. Biodynamic farming involves the use of animal manure in building up the fertility of the soil. Moreover, they control diseases, pests and weeds using output materials generated from the farm so as to avoid using manufactured products. This makes their wine have a real and classic taste that depicts their origin.
The natural wines on the other hand do not just come from the sustainably cultivated grapes. Their processing must also involve the use of minimum additives like tannins, sugar or acidifiers and no technological manipulations should be involved. The winemakers ensure minimal intervention to maintain their wines’ authenticity.
The extra attention and care gives the wines better quality than others. Since they have very few additives, the wines have a fresh fruity and pure taste. Not only are they good for human health but they also help in maintaining the health of the soil. Ecofriendly wines are also good for the surrounding plant and the ecosystem. Therefore, you won’t need to worry about your health and also the natural resources will be preserved.
Below are some of the ecofriendly wines that you need to know about.
1. Bonterra Vineyards Viognier 2012
Since 1987, Bonterra Vineyards winemakers have been originally growing healthy grapes and they believe that these grapes produces high quality wines. The weather in Mendocino County, California is very good for viticulture and this facilitated Bonterra Vineyards’ investment in biodiversity. They achieve this by growing additional flora including lavender, olive trees and poppy, which help them in protecting their vineyards from damage by insects. These flora also have positive impact on the soil.
The Bonterra wines have Demeter certification stamp showing that they are biodynamic wines. The wines are smooth and fruity with floral and herbal undertones. They also have a vanilla taste with a flavor of fresh and ripe apricot. Bonterra Vineyards Viognier 2012 perfectly pairs with Vietnamese food or spicy Thai.
2. Natio Chianti, Cecchi 2012
The name Cecchi comes from the name of the producers of this wine, the Cecchi family found in Chianti Italy. They have been working on producing high quality wine from flavorful and fresh grapes. They are trying to make the winemaking process very sustainable with the aim of protecting the beautiful central Tuscany environment. They utilize the use of advanced technology to increase production and reduce the use of natural resources and energy.
They also ensure special care of their vines in order to guarantee excellent quality. Natio Chianti, Cecchi 2012 is extremely vegan and attractive and is entirely a product of organic grapes. It has lively acidity with the taste of black cherry fruit, which makes it a perfect pair for spicy pastas, cheese and red meat.
3. Gemtree Vineyards Uncut Shiraz 2012
Gemtree was established in McLaren Vale in South Australia in 1998 with an aim of producing naturally processed quality wines. They grow their Shiraz fruits biodynamically and they try to ensure minimum intervention in the process of winemaking. As a result, these wines have an authentic and fresh taste, which depicts their origin. They have put much effort in protecting the environment, which involves preserving 10 hectares of the land within the vinegar with the aim of maintaining the ecological balance in the area.
This wine received a 5-stars award in the reference book of James Halliday, which was all about Australian wines in the year 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. It has red berries and dark chocolate flavor with multilayer complex. This makes it a perfect match for kidney bean pie and flavorful beefsteak.
4. Sokol Blosser Pinnot Gris 2014, USA
Susan Sokol Blosser and Bill Blosser founded Sokol Blosser in 1977. The Blossers plant their vines in Willamette valley in Oregon and they are certain of the benefits of wine production and viticulture on the ecosystem of the area and the environment as well. Sokol Blosser wineries is a Certified B Corporation leading in the research of eco-friendly winemaking and vineyard cover crops. Their commitment in producing high quality wines and preserving the environment and natural landscape still continues.
This wine features a mix of green herbs, wildflowers and peach, which is very aromatic and with a smooth touch. It pairs very well with seafood, fish dishes hard and mature cheese or grilled chicken.
5. Benziger Joaquin’s Inferno 2012
Benziger winery was founded in 1980 and is one of the biodynamic producers who are Demeter-certified. The vineyards are located in California, Sonoma Mountain in a volcanic bowl that is terraced and surrounded by herbs, flowers and several plants. This brings in birds and insects, which are very beneficial. Benziger Winery is trying to ensure environmental protection and they are also creating several projects with the aim of helping their partners to be certified as well.
These wines feature flavors of ripe berries with vanilla hints and silky texture. It pairs perfectly with lamb, beef, spicy food and poultry.