Why Organic Just May Mean Superior

Organic wine is better for your body, mind, and the environment – and it tastes better also

Brow­sing the wine ais­le at your local mar­ket can pre­sent mul­ti­ple labels and desig­na­tions. Whi­le you may unders­tand the dif­fe­ren­ces bet­ween varie­tals and vin­ta­ges, what con­clu­sions can you draw from orga­nic ver­sus non-organic? 

If you’ve not had the oppor­tu­nity to enjoy a glass of orga­nic wine, you might be won­de­ring what exactly is in a name. Some com­mon ques­tions wine lovers ask when mulling over an orga­nic wine pur­cha­se are the­se: Is it healthier? Does it tas­te dif­fe­rent? Are others regu­larly enjo­ying it? 

A wine that is desig­na­ted “orga­nic” refers to both the ori­gin of the gra­pes and the wine­ma­king pro­cess. At a vine­yard that pro­du­ces orga­nic wines, the gra­pes are grown without arti­fi­cial che­mi­cal fer­ti­li­zers, pes­ti­ci­des, fun­gi­ci­des, her­bi­ci­des, or GMOs. During the wine­ma­king pro­cess, added pre­ser­va­ti­ves, sul­fi­tes, or other addi­ti­ves, like fla­vo­ring agents or arti­fi­cial colors, are not used. Orga­nic wine­ma­king is sim­ple and honest; it is all about pre­ser­ving the qua­lity of the grape. 

Health benefits of organic wine

One impor­tant reason to choo­se orga­nic wine is becau­se of its health bene­fits. Sin­ce the wine­ma­king pro­cess doesn’t use arti­fi­cial che­mi­cals, like poten­tially dan­ge­rous pes­ti­ci­des, the­se harm­ful toxins don’t end up in your glass.

The­re are also higher amounts of anthoc­ya­nins and anti­oxi­dants, inclu­ding polyphe­nols and heart-friendly res­ve­ra­trol, in orga­nic wines. The­se anti­oxi­dants boost your immu­ne sys­tem. And, unli­ke non-orga­nic wine, the­re is less sugar and no cellar addi­ti­ves such as fla­vo­ring agents and cara­mel color, which, when com­bi­ned with higher sugar levels, can cau­se headaches.

It’s better for the environment

Gro­wing orga­nic gra­pes not only eschews the usa­ge of che­mi­cals, but the pro­cess also uses less water. Harm­ful irri­ga­tion sys­tems aren’t set up to grow the gra­pes, which lea­ves no chan­ce of pes­ti­ci­des ending up in the ground soil and the water supply. This is bet­ter for the peo­ple, ani­mals, and plants in the region whe­re orga­nic wine is produced.

Superior taste

One ques­tion many wine drin­kers will want to know is: how does orga­nic wine tas­te? A 2016 paper in the Jour­nal of Wine Eco­no­mics analy­zed sco­res of a study in which 74,000 peo­ple blind tas­te-tes­ted orga­nic and non-orga­nic wines across nine years. The results sho­wed that orga­nic wines sco­red higher in ove­rall tas­te and recei­ved more prai­se in the con­tent of the reviews.

Another sur­vey con­duc­ted by the same jour­nal also sho­wed that orga­nic wines sco­red 4.1 points higher in tas­te than non-orga­nic wines. One reason for the impro­ve­ment in tas­te is likely becau­se the gra­pes are pro­du­ced without che­mi­cal fer­ti­li­zers, which reveals more terroir and aroma.

Sustainability and ethicality

The ove­ru­se of che­mi­cals harms the envi­ron­ment and the com­mu­nity. When you sup­port an orga­nic vine­yard, you are sup­por­ting a sus­tai­na­ble, ethi­cal ope­ra­tion. Sup­por­ting orga­nic vine­yards is akin to voting with your dollar. When you pur­cha­se a bottle of orga­nic wine, you are pro­mo­ting healthier, more Earth-friendly prac­ti­ces. Often, you’re also sup­por­ting family-run ope­ra­tions rather than cor­po­ra­te vine­yards that pre­fer to mass-pro­du­ce ins­tead of cura­te with care.

Organic wine in high demand

Not too long ago, it was a strug­gle for eco-min­ded con­su­mers to find orga­nic pro­ducts. This lifesty­le choi­ce would requi­re one to find spe­cia­li­zed gro­cery sto­res, res­tau­rants, and shops. Now, orga­nic is mains­tream. It is easier than ever to find orga­nic items in sto­res and on res­tau­rant menus. As a result, it is not only easier to choo­se orga­nic, but it is more affor­da­ble, as well. This is the result of con­su­mer demand. In the Uni­ted Sta­tes alo­ne, orga­nic pro­ducts reached $52.5 billion in sales in 2018, a sharp increa­se from the pre­vious few years. This growth is expec­ted to con­ti­nue, pro­ving that orga­nic items, inclu­ding wine, are not a trend but a valua­ble choi­ce for consumers.

Better quality

From bet­ter tas­te to more health bene­fits, the com­prehen­si­ve por­trait of orga­nic wine is one of high qua­lity. The­re is no subs­ti­tu­te for orga­nic, whether one defi­nes qua­lity in terms of nutri­tion, pro­duc­tion, ethics, or popularity.

If you’re eager to try a bottle of orga­nic wine for the first time, con­si­der Domai­ne Bous­quet. Our orga­nic winery, loca­ted in the wine region of Men­do­za, Argen­ti­na, chan­nels four gene­ra­tions of exper­ti­se, inclu­ding the gentlest of gra­pe-hand­ling, into award-win­ning wines. Domai­ne Bous­quet is one of the top wine­ries in Argen­ti­na and is cer­ti­fied orga­nic, fair tra­de, sus­tai­na­ble, and vegan.

Learn more about the story behind the vine­yard and start your jour­ney toward tas­ting the orga­nic difference.

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