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Reasons To Drink Organic Wine

Updated on June 8, 2015
Look at the labeling on the bottle to see if there are any added sulfites.
Look at the labeling on the bottle to see if there are any added sulfites.

Alergies and Sulfites

I first tried organic wine when my wife used to have an allergic reaction every time we would eat out. Her throat would swell slightly and would get these little bumps on her tongue. For years we thought it was just food allergies and couldn't pin it down to what it was. We only found out after a surgery when the doctor prescribed a medication containing sulfites and she had the same reaction. It was like a light bulb that went off and we realized wine was loaded with sulfites.

Sulfites Are the culprits to many food allergies as many companies use them to give their product a longer shelf life and wine is no exception. By adding sulfer dioxide to the wine it makes it last longer and winery owners love this. Non organically grown grapes can retain the chemicals that come from pesticides, what the wineries fail to see is that the pesticides are killing their vines slowly. many wineries are starting to abandon this way of growing grapes to preserve their vines.

In order for a wine to be considered organic it must be made with grapes that are grown by certified organic methods with no chemical pesticides. While all wines that are fermented will have some sulfites, organic wine contains about 40 parts per million and other wines can have as much as 400 parts per million. This is a huge difference for people that have allergies to sulfites. Typically red wine has the lowest levels of sulfites followed by white wines then champagne and sweet wines will have the most. By purchasing organic you significantly lower the amounts of sulfites. Once we started drinking organic wine my wife has never had an allergic reaction.

Organic wineries are popping up all over the world and we didn't have to give up our enjoyment of visiting wineries. We just map out our organic wineries and away we go. Just do a search on the internet for organic wines and you'll find many options as many wineries are reverting back to the traditional way of making wine, just like it was done hundreds of years ago. Below are some choices you have when going organic.

Many to Choose From

There are many choices when it comes to purchasing organic wine. Finding the one that matches your tastes and preference is a matter of trial and error.
There are many choices when it comes to purchasing organic wine. Finding the one that matches your tastes and preference is a matter of trial and error.

Some of Our Favorite Organic Wines

The ones listed below are only a few and there are hundreds to choose from. These styles of wineries are popping up all over the world and you now have more choices than ever. Next time you visit your local wine shop or BevMo ask them to carry a few organic wines and they usually will stock a few for you. I know mine has over 20 choices now as they are catching on because of their great quality.

Frey Winery

America's first organic winery located along the northern California coastal town of Mendocino.
America's first organic winery located along the northern California coastal town of Mendocino.

Frey Vineyards

Frey Vineyards in Mendocino, CA - This is one of the first certified organic wineries and features some red and white organic wines starting around $8 / bottle.

Bonterra Wines

These are some of our favorites. Bonterra makes an extraordinary wine in the organic fashion.
These are some of our favorites. Bonterra makes an extraordinary wine in the organic fashion.

Bonterra

Bonterra Vineyards in Ukiah, CA- Starting at around $11 per bottle Bonterra offers a full line of organic wines and is one of my favorites.

Ceago Winery

Ceago winery is located on one of the most scenic and largest natural lake in all of california, Clear Lake. It's about an hour drive or so from the Napa Valley but well worth it because there a many wineries around the lake.
Ceago winery is located on one of the most scenic and largest natural lake in all of california, Clear Lake. It's about an hour drive or so from the Napa Valley but well worth it because there a many wineries around the lake.

Ceago

Ceago Winery in Nice, CA - This is a premium organic winery and prices start a bit higher starting at about $16 per bottle and up.

Old World Winery

Their wines are hand crafted in smaller batches with little manipulating of the ingredients. they pick the grapes early in the morning when they're cold. No refrigeration is used only sun and shade.
Their wines are hand crafted in smaller batches with little manipulating of the ingredients. they pick the grapes early in the morning when they're cold. No refrigeration is used only sun and shade.

Old World Winery

Old World Winery in Windsor, CA - They produce wine using the historic methods such as using native yeast to ferment.

Tell Us Your Favorite Organic Wine

I would love to know more about your favorite organic wine or if you would like us to try one and let you know what we think tell us in a comment below. If you've already tried some of these, let us know what you think.

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    • cyoung35 profile imageAUTHOR

      Chad Young 

      6 years ago from Corona, CA

      Thank you for your comment but this article is for people who do like a glass of wine every now and then.

    • adomcruze profile image

      Adom Cruze 

      6 years ago

      I don't take drink.

    • cyoung35 profile imageAUTHOR

      Chad Young 

      6 years ago from Corona, CA

      Thank you Brett for your comment. I would like to find out more about beer and their sulfite content.

    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett Caulton 

      6 years ago from Asia

      Interesting article, the same is for many beers, some of which I just can't drink without getting a bad stomach :-s.

      SOCIALLY SHARING and voting this up.

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      LeisureLife 

      7 years ago from USA

      Nice Hub! Check out mine on the Sierra Foothills wine region in California!

    • Maddie Ruud profile image

      Maddie Ruud 

      7 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Luckily I live close to Wine Country here in California, so I've got easy access to more options, but I know it can be difficult to find organic wines elsewhere. Great Hub, I hope it will get more people seeking out organic wine.

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