What Makes Wine Organic and Where to Get it

What Makes Wine Organic and Where to Get it

usda-organic-logoWith as many as 34 common pesticides used when growing fruits and vegetables, should you worry about buying organic wine? Let’s figure it out together. Lately, I’ve been making the switch to organic vegetables and fruits, only buying non-organic when they don’t have the option at the store and I’m really craving some peaches!

But with wine, organic is still a newer idea, that people are just starting to seek out, that’s why you can go to the store and find not a single organic options still today. That is quickly changing and within the next year or two, I imagine every grocery chain will carry at least one or two organic options for its customers. Two stores that I like, Trader Joes and Whole Foods, both have organic options, Whole Foods offers many eco-friendly options.

Now, what makes a wine organic? Well, not only do to the grapes have to be organically grown without the use of pesticides and chemicals. And not only no added sulfites, which many wines contain, but a sulfite level less than 20 parts per million. This is a-okay in my book since many claim that sulfites can cause headaches the next morning!

Some wines are listed as “made with organic ingredients” or “some organic ingredients” which could mean a number of things, maybe the grapes are organic, mostly organic, sulfites were added, I prefer to stick to a 100 percent organic wine when I can.

Now, if your store doesn’t offer organic options, there a more and more online options with large selections to choose from. Getting wine shipped to you is growing in popularity, just as is wine that’s organic.

One downside is, like a Whole Foods, the cheapest organic wine I found was six dollars and was just a “red table wine” which I assume is a major blend among red grapes, other than that one, most were priced between $15 and $20 a bit more than I like to spend for a couple glasses by myself at home.

Some organic online wine retailers to try:




The goods news?

As more and more people make the switch to organic wines, that will hopefully help lower the prices, just as it has over time with organic produce over the past few years!

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