We can talk about food as a synonym of pleasure, but when we talk about wine and food, we reach another level, we give one step into hedonism. So, “wine not?” include organic wines in our healthy food talks. Anticipating, we will need some glasses, veggie burgers and a side salad with feta cheese.
These wines are produced from vineyards where the grapes are not chemically sprayed, and the process to make them avoid all kinds of synthetic chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers. Instead, organic wines are produced employing biodynamic farming methods in harmony with the environment, taking care of the soil and the ecosystem.
Is organic wine better for you?
In this order of ideas, by drinking organic wine you are not consuming chemicals, which is an essential benefit for your health. Also, organic wine is popular for giving less of a sore head, because you are consuming pure grape, and no chemicals are entering your body. We are what we eat and drink.
Being more healthier, organic grapes contain more concentrations of all of those good components such as antioxidants and resveratrol, which give you extra benefits.
Does organic wine taste better?
As a chef, I am interested in the enjoyment of drinking wine, and certainly, I can highlight that organic wine tastes better. The flavours are stronger, more complex and purer.
Organic wine trend
Worldwide, organic wine consumption is growing, and producers are adapting their production to organic standards. As I am currently living in New Zealand, curiosity makes me research some info about this topic. Consequently, we found that New Zealand caught the wave, and is producing more organic wine each year.
Organic wine in New Zealand
According to BioGro and their publication: “Organic Wine Sector Report” September 2021, currently in New Zealand, there are 235 organic vineyards. The top three regions that are producing organic wine in the country are:
- Marlborough (48%) of the total organic wine of the country,
- Central Otago (22%), and
- Hawkes Bay (12%).
They are followed by:
- Canterbury (6%).
- Nelson (3%).
- Gisborne (2%) and,
- Auckland (1%).
The top varieties that are being produced organically are:
- Pinot Noir (37%), of the variety organically grown in the country,
- Sauvignon Blanc (33%) and,
- Chardonnay (10%).
On the other hand, there is known that the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and the Central Otago Pinot Noir are high-quality wines, then it is good to know that especially those two regions have been reporting a good percentage of biodynamic agricultural practices adaptation.
So, if you have the opportunity, try to enjoy some wine tasting including organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and some organic Central Otago Pinot Noir, but be open to explore more and more regions with organic wine.
According to Babich that is one of the most popular winemakers in New Zealand, a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc goes really good with a veggie burger and some salad with feta cheese on the side. On the other hand, if we are talking about a Central Otago Pinot Noir, well, mushrooms and woody and earthy flavours are perfect.
Finally, if you have the opportunity go for a travel and enjoy a wine trip. Here, the New Zealand Herald, mentions the best organic wineries in Central Otago:
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