Organic wine is becoming increasingly popular here in Australia. And with its meteoric rise has come a wave of myths. Does it really give you fewer hangovers?
Here, we get to the bottom of what organic wine is and isn’t, and why you should go green with your wine!
Organic Wine Doesn’t Give You Hangovers
Although organic wines tend to have fewer sulphites than most conventional wines, it's a myth that wines with fewer sulphites will not give you a hangover. All wine will give you a hangover or headache as alcohol is a diuretic – it dehydrates you -- also alcohol levels, sugar and tannins all contribute. So if you want to avoid a hangover, moderation is the key no matter what kind of wine you are drinking!
Organic Wine Is Vegan
Organic farming is mindful of the environment and aims to minimise any impact on the land. However, organic wine is not necessarily vegan. Winemakers add fining agents during the winemaking process to counteract cloudiness in the wine. The most common fining agents are casein (a milk protein), albumin (egg whites), gelatine (animal protein), isinglass (fish bladder protein), and chitin (fibre from crustacean shells). If you are trying to eliminate animal products or by-products, you should look out for disclaimers on wine labels that contain the words: “May contain traces of egg white or fish products.” Many vegan friendly wines include new labelling confirming they include no animal products. Browse our vegan friendly wines here.
Fedele wines are organic and vegan friendly.
Organic Wine Doesn’t Taste As Good As Normal Wine
Unfortunately, many believe that organic wine does not taste as good as conventional wine. In the past, organic wine did not have a great reputation. Some wines were made with sub-par grapes which impacted the taste, and sullied the reputation of this wine style. However, today most organic wines are fantastic drops which directly reflect the care and expertise of the winemakers. In fact, many wine-lovers comment on the clarity and purity of flavour of modern organic wines.
Organic Wine Is A New Trend
Although it may appear to be a new trend, organic wine is actually nothing new. In fact, farming chemicals and inorganic fertilisers did not exist prior to the 1800s so all wine would have been organic. Some of the greatest wine brands in the world are and always have been organic and biodynamic for centuries, like Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. These great European houses never turned to the now conventional non-organic practices and they didn't need to, their wine and practices were already good enough.
Organic Wine Is Preservative Free
Preservatives can be added during the winemaking process to stabilize the wine for longevity, and this includes wines made from organic grapes. Some preservatives in wine are a natural by-product of the winemaking process, like sulphur dioxide(SO2). If you are sensitive to sulphur dioxide, you should look for wines that are labelled "free of preservatives" or "contains no added preservatives". However, minimal amounts of SO2 may still remain due to the natural fermenting process.
We have many organic white wines available on site, like Spring Seed Wine Co. Organic Pinot Grigio.
Organic wine is one of our mindful wine categories. Whether you’re looking for quality organic drops, are sensitive to the preservatives, following the vegan lifestyle, or are a passionate supporter of biodynamic farming practices, we’re here to help with our curated collections of wines that are not only conscious of your needs but also of the environment.
Find out more about our mindful wine categories by clicking here.