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About Organic Wine Making

Updated on December 1, 2010

About Organic Wine Making

What is Organic Wine?

Organic wine is basically wine made from grapes. The grapes are grown with the principles of organic farming where artificial chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides are not included. The whole process is based on the theory of Biodynamics where the principle of letting time and nature do its work is applied. Although it is a healthier, environment friendly method, the wine becomes unstable in quality, giving the brand a negative sound to the consumers. But the best thing about organic wine is its taste. It has a better, richer, natural taste than conventionally made wine.

What is the process behind Organic Wine Making?

The process as several similarities to conventional wine making. Old time Crushers and Pressers are the main tools used to extract the grape juice. Then yeast is added for preparation of the fermentation. The barrels or any other container used is sealed tight with airlocks or heavy lids after the yeast has fully developed.

Maturation occurs next. When the oxygen from the barrel, juice and yeast has been used up, the yeast falls down to the bottom. The skins are then separated from the wine and when the skins remain for a longer period of time (8-10 days), resveratrol is produced. Resveratrol is a type of polyphenol that is known to extend the life span of the yeast and prevent certain cancers.

Next, the skin and any other leftovers need to be extracted. So, the wine is brought to the fermenter with the use of a funnel or siphon. The wine either can be transferred to another barrel or directly bottled where there will be an addition of flavor. And a better way to preserve the flavor is to seal the container air tight.

Wine storage is very important. The best temperature is somewhere 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. A storage room with no direct sunlight is also an important matter. And remember, the longer the maturation of the wine, the better it is.

What are the benefits of organic wine?

As I mentioned earlier, organic wine is much healthier than conventional wine. Aside from its rich flavor, this kind of wine is free from insecticides, pesticides, and other chemicals that come with it. The wine has also higher nutrient levels with more vitamin C, Iron, Magnesium, and Phosphorous. With its absence of Sulfite, which is a very important ingredient for the preservation, the wine is much healthier for the body. The antioxidant levels also increase. It is a molecule also found in coffee that lower cholesterol and prevent certain heart diseases. Antioxidants are being studied as possible treatment for Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Aside from its health benefits, organic wine is also beneficial to the environment. There are farms that let animals like pigs roam around the vineyard to get rid of the pests. And as I mentioned before, the wine is one hundred percent free from chemicals. So do not listen to the bad publicity organic wine has received, it is one of the best tasting and healthiest drinks in the world. There is no harm in trying it out for yourself.

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