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What is Organic Wine?At its simplest, organically produced wine means using the most natural ingredients possible.
Organic Wine producers follow practices designed to yield a natural product that we expect wine to be.
As vine species are selected for better disease resistance and character, rather than maximum yield.
Matured plant manures, often combined with the vine prunings, are the only fertilizers permitted.
Many growers plant crops between the vines and quite often, these turn into the soil to enrich it further.
These methods encourage the roots to grow deeper and not depend on chemicals close to the surface.
As the complexity in the wine comes from this root penetration of several layers of earth.
It's important to note:
No herbicides or pesticides except a Bordeaux mixture can be used to protect against mildew.
One must keep in mind that production of the wine is still an artform, as no artificial yeasts are used.
Organic Wine depends on the wild yeasts which form naturally on the grapes.
This "yeast", normally would have been destroyed by chemicals.
As a majority of wines rely on sulphur dioxide for stability, but Organic Wine producers use far less
This practice has an attractive side-effect, the "morning after" feeling is much reduced, so you can drink more!
Traditional methods are employed to clarifiy the wine, rather than the modern factory techniques, because to
the skilled "cellar master", the art of "wine making" is to know when to "leave well enough alone".
The results are a richer, more complex wine, with more interesting taste and flavor.
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