As people continue to lean towards eating a healthier diet, reducing their carbon footprint and living in more sustainable ways, it make sense that the rise of organic, biodynamic and natural wines are a growing market. I wanted to highlight the different classifications in this wine category and talk about advantages and disadvantages.
Certified organic farming and practices are used when growing the grapes and producing wine. The USDA approval signifies that the wine is made from 100% organically grown ingredients and has been monitored throughout the entire production process. It can be costly to get this certification and the practices aren’t necessarily very sustainable.
The Standards for organic farming make it more difficult and costly to replace nutrients in the soil. Concerns about climate change—and estimates that one-third of greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture—have helped fuel the industry and environmental groups’ marketing of organic foods as reducing environmental impacts. There are still some factors that go into organic farming that aren’t questionable, consider these issues:
- Machinery to haul around manure compost.
- Yields of organic farming versus conventional farming.
- Tillage of land of organic farming versus “no till” conventional farming.
- Cows needed for producing manure for organic and carbon equivalency of cow burping and flatulence
Large-scale manure composting as compared to synthesizing nitrogen for farming.
Bio-dynamic: A Symbiotic Ecosystem
Biodynamic wine goes beyond the practice of organic and attempts to treat the whole vineyard as an ecosystem that only when in complete balance it can produce the best fruit. The process is based on the writings and teachings of Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner.
Steiner believes that a focal part of bio-dynamics is that the overall ecosystem is viewed as a living being, and hence ought to be a to a great extent self-managing, delivering its own manure and animal feed. Plant or animal disease is viewed as a side effect of issues of an imbalanced ecosystem. He likewise recommended timing such farming exercises as sowing, weeding, and reaping to use the impacts on plant development of the moon and planets.
Marketing of wine has twisted things a bit and it would be easy to assume that some wines are biodynamic when that’s not always the case. If it is, it will include certification by Demeter, a private certifier of biodynamic products. A wine made with biodynamic grapes does not mean the actual wine was produced using biodynamic practices.
Sustainable Wine Making
Sustainable practices are based on farming that is not only good for the environment, but also makes economic sense This implies an agriculturist may to a great extent utilize natural practices, yet in the event that some of those practices don’t bode well (eg – they’re excessively costly), the rancher may avoid some of them. Similarly as with biodynamic wine, there is no formal affirmation for a wine to be economical, however there are a few affiliations that winemakers can join to formally show themselves as a practicing vineyard.
There is no right or wrong way when approaching these different wines and there process , just based in what your personal preferences are. I’m glad to see the market bringing delicious and sustainable options to the table and people giving them the justice they deserve.
What do you think? What are some of your favorite Bio/Organic or natural wines? Let us know in the comments below