The choice to focus on Organic Wines at Vinosofia wasn’t done to be trendy. We made this choice because we enjoy the sincerity found in these bottles and we detest hangovers. What defines an Organic Wine? It all starts in the vineyard where the grapes are cultivated, the first phase of winemaking production. Organic farming implements an entirely different set of practices to maintain the vines. This practice bans the use of artificial or synthetic chemicals, chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. Instead organic farmers work with nature rather than against it by boosting their vineyards biodiversity. There are strict standards in which the grapes must comply. The second phase of production happens in the winery. For the purist this phase usually relies on minimal manipulation, following traditional winemaking methods.
The use of sulfites is a highly debated topic among organic winemakers and consumers. Sulfites are a naturally occurring preservative in most wines and an integral by-product of alcoholic fermentation. Generally sulphur dioxide (S0 2) is added to stabilize the wine and a preservative to increase its lifespan. Most organic winemakers stick to the practice of not adding additional sulfites. For this reason Organic Wines are made for consumption within a few years of bottling since they have minimal added sulfites. That said, Organic Wines do contain sulfites though generally half the maximum legal limit. Sulfite usage laws differ from country to country, though in Europe it is ok to add sulfites. This is why a wine cannot be labeled “Organic Wine” but it can read “wine made from organic grapes”. The identity of an organic wine is found by a European symbol which is usually bright green colored with a little leaf outlined with white stars.