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Eric Gregson
Is Organic Wine Better for the Environment?

Is Organic Wine Better for the Environment?

There are real, tangible and lasting benefits to the environment and the farmers as a result of transitioning to organic farming practices. Specifically, organic vines tend to need less water applied, because soils are built up with compost and contain more organic matter, which holds water far better. Organic vines have been proven more resilient against increasing droughts and temperature spikes. By curtailing harmful and unnecessary irrigation practices organic wineries are protecting local ecosystems and preserving their surrounding flora and fauna.  By using less water and not tainting the existing water supply with chemicals and Round-Up, the vineyard workers are...

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Eric Gregson
What is Organic Wine

What is Organic Wine

The most basic definition of organic wine is wine made from organically farmed grapes. The standards for what constitutes “organic farming” vary from country to country, but generally excludes the use of artificial chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. And then, there is the second phase of winemaking, fermentation of the grapes into wine. This is where it gets more confusing. There are a number of inputs that can be added to the fermentation process, but for organic certification, these ingredients must be specifically allowed and cannot exceed 5% of the total product. Specifically, in the U.S., during the fermentation...

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