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Organic Wine! The 2023 Guide To The Best Organic Wines
Organic wine isn't nearly as straightforward as, say, fruits and vegetables. This is because there is a distinction between the grape growing process, which can be organic, and the winemaking process, which many times is not. Keep on reading as we try to clear up some of the confusion as well as give you our picks for the best wines in this category!
First, off to be labeled as fully organic a wine must not only use organically grown grapes, but also avoid the use of any synthetic additives such as sulfites in the winemaking process. (This does not mean these wines do not contain any sulfites at all as ALL wines have naturally occurring sulfites unless they are removed, which is not common.) There are a growing number of wines out there that use both organic grapes and an organic winemaking process, but they are nowhere near commonplace as of yet.
Much more common, and most of the recommendations you'll find in the list below, are those wines made from organically grown grapes. This means there were no synthetic pesticides or herbicides used in the vineyard. To qualify for the official USDA designation of "Made with Organic Grapes" there are also some limits on the additives that can be used in the winemaking process, although it is not as strict as fully organic wines.
One last note before we get to our picks. Organic is not to be confused with the terms "natural", "biodynamic", "sustainably produced" (or even vegan) that you may also find on many wine labels. To make matters even more confusing, even if a label doesn't state that the wine or grapes are organic, there are other associations besides the USDA that monitor these practices but are not allowed on the label. In addition, some wineries have been following organic practices for decades but simply do not bother to be labeled as such as the cost to become official is simply not worth it!
In light of all this we encourage you, as always, to dig beyond the label. While you can be sure any wine with the USDA Organic label is indeed organic, that's probably only the tip of the iceberg. We will always include all the information we can possibly find in our wine reviews.
Read on for our list of The Best Organic Wines!
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A simple and jammy one, we review the Trader Joe's Reserve Wahluke Slope Syrah Lot #237, made from organically grown grapes. This wine is a blend of 96% Syrah and 4% Merlot from the Wahluke Slope in Columbia Valley, Washington. It is made from organically grown grapes. … [Read more...]
Tasty enough for just $4.99, we review the Grifone Bianco from Trader Joe's. An unidentified white blend from Italy. The wine is made from organic grapes and is vegan friendly. … [Read more...]
An excellent Costco find that goes excellently with Volpi Foods Wine Salame, the Cafaggio Chianti Classico Riserva. 100% Sangiovese from vineyards located in Cafaggio, Conca d'Oro, Panzano in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy. The wine is aged for 18 months in 65 hl Slavonian oak … [Read more...]
Quite the find at Costco for just $6.99, we review the Chateau des Rochers Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux. Merlot from organically grown grapes in the Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux region of France. The wine has 3.2 g/L residual sugar. … [Read more...]
A tasty blend of organically grown Grenache and Syrah from France, we review the Art of Earth Rosé. A dry rosé blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah, organically grown, from France. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks and has 3.9 g/L of residual sugar. … [Read more...]
A delicious, organic, co-fermented Portuguese red blend, we review the Esporao Colheita Tinto. A co-fermented red blend of primarily Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante Bouschet and Aragonez from the organically certified vineyards of Herdade do … [Read more...]
A Tuscan blend that delivers more than anticipated, we review the Castello La Leccia Vivaio del Cavaliere Toscano Rosso. 75% Sangiovese, 20% Malvasia Nera and 5% Syrah, all organically grown, from Tuscany, Italy. The wine is matured in concrete tanks for 6 months. … [Read more...]
A big, dry, rich and tasty wine, the Villa di Capezzana Carmignano DOCG. Organically grown 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon from Carmignano, Tuscany, Italy. The wine is aged in French barriques and tonneaux for 12 months and another 12 months in bottle before … [Read more...]
A $10 Sicilian from organically grown grapes, the Vento di Mare Nero d'Avola. 100% Nero d'Avola from Gibellina in Sicily, Italy. The grapes are grown organically and the wine is matured in stainless steel tanks. … [Read more...]
A nice, inexpensive and organic find from western Sicily, the Vento di Mare Nerello Mascalese Terre Siciliane IGP. 100% Nerello Mascalese, organically grown in Colline di Gibellina in western Sicily, Italy. The wine is matured in stainless steel tanks. … [Read more...]
A bit of an atypical Shiraz that nevertheless offers solid value. The organic and vegan When & Where One More Episode Shiraz. Organically grown Shiraz the Riverland region of South Australia. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and is vegan friendly. … [Read more...]
Fully organic with no added sulfites, we review the Domaine Bousquet Virgen Malbec. 100% Malbec from rom estate vineyards at 4,000 feet of altitude in Tupungato, Alto Gualtallary, Mendoza, Argentina. The wine does not spend any time in oak, is vegan friendly and has just … [Read more...]
A tasty organically grown red blend from Chile, the Vina Tarapaca Gran Reserva. A blend of 31% Cabernet Franc, 26% Syrah, 22% Carmenere, 11% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, all organicaly grown, from the Maipo Valley of Chile. 75% of the wine was aged in French oak … [Read more...]
Organic, vegan and full of antioxidants, our latest Costco find is made from a little known grape, the Bodegas Mustiguillo Mestizaje Bobal. 70% Bobal, 19% Garnacha and 11% Syrah, all organically grown at around 800 meters of altitude in El Terrerazo, Valencia, Spain. The … [Read more...]
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Fresh and distinctive, the Cultusboni Colmaia Organic Sangiovese. 100% Sangiovese from organically certified vineyards in the villages of Monti and Vitignano in Tuscany, Italy. The wine is aged in stainless steel tanks for 5 months. … [Read more...]
A simply pleasing organic and vegan red blend from Penedes, Spain, the Pares Balta Mas Petit. A blend of 53% Garnacha and 47% Cabernet Sauvignon all organically grown from Penedes, Catalonia, Spain. The wine was aged in 2nd, 3rd and 4th year Allier French oak barrels for 7 … [Read more...]
Another fantastic Cabernet Franc find from Argentina, the Domaine Bousquet Gaia Cabernet Franc. Organic and vegan too. 100% Cabernet Franc organically grown in estate vineyards at 4,000 feet of altitude in Tupungato, Alto Gualtallary, Mendoza, Argentina. The wine is aged … [Read more...]
A wonderful organic and vegan blend from Argentina, the Domaine Bousquet Gaia Red Blend. 50% Malbec, 45% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, all organically grown in estate vineyards at 4,000 feet of altitude in Tupungato, Alto Gualtallary, Mendoza, Argentina. The wine is … [Read more...]
A fruit forward Cab from Argentina, the Domaine Bousquet Gaia Cabernet Sauvignon. Organic and vegan too. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon organically grown in estate vineyards at 4,000 feet of altitude in Tupungato, Alto Gualtallary, Mendoza, Argentina. The wine is aged in French … [Read more...]
Another nice Costco find, the Juan Gil Monastrell Silver Label from Jumilla. 100% organically grown Monastrell (Mourvedre) from 40 year-old vines in Jumilla, Spain. The wine spends 12 months in French oak and is vegan friendly. … [Read more...]
Extremely tasty and priced right, the Cultusboni RS Chianti Classico. 100% organically grown Sangiovese from the Chianti Classico subzone in Tuscany, Italy. The wine is aged in oak barrels and casks for a short period of time. … [Read more...]
You better buy two of our latest Costco find, the Querciabella Mongrana. 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot (all organically grown) from the Alberese and Grosseto vineyards in Maremma, Tuscany, Italy. The wine is aged in cement and stainless steel tanks … [Read more...]
A solid sparkler made from organically grown grapes, the non-vintage Domaine Bousquet Sparkling Rosé. 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay (both organically grown) Sparkling Rosé from high elevation estate vineyards in Alto Gualtallary, Tupungato, Uco Valley, Mendoza, … [Read more...]