It is a commonly held belief that going organic costs a bit more; but in the wine business, the payoff is huge in a number of different ways. Organic wine has far less of an impact on our health than the average bottle of the conventional stuff.
First things first, what’s actually in your favourite bottle of wine?
Wine is fermented grape juice, but unfortunately it’s not that simple anymore. Although the labels on wine indicate alcohol strength, country of origin or even grape variety; they don’t say anything about preservatives, additives, augars or pesticides. So it’s really hard to properly track what’s in your favourite glass. However, by going organic you can reduce your consumption of all these nasties and much more, whether you’re a fan of red, white or rose, there are lots of reasons for going organic.
Pesticide, herbicide and fungicide free
Grapes accumulate residual pesticides, herbicides and fungicides more than other fruit do due to their large surface area. Big mass market companies spray the vineyards to protect from disease and these toxic chemicals will be present in your evening glass of wine.
Richer in nutrients and antioxidants
Organic and natural wines that are made with no added sulphites are richer in nutrients and antioxidants with no harmful pesticide residue. So there could be some added health benefits from drinking organic wine.
Reduce allergies and intolerances by skipping sulphites
When wineries harvest grapes on a large scale it is often done by machines, which can lead to the grapes being damaged, torn and the juice becoming oxidised. To counteract this damage to the grapes, the producer will then add lots of excessive sulphites into the wine to preserve and stabilise the wine and mask and flaws or imperfections.
Sulphites are harmful to our health, and they can also cause allergies and various levels of intolerances. With an estimated four in ten people in the UK suffering from allergies, the figures all support the idea of consuming less sulphites.
Skip the hangover headache
Excessive consumption of sulphites is the main cause of the much dreaded hangover headache; so making the switch to drinking organic wine made by artisan producers and family run wineries who use less sulphites than the producers should save you a few sore heads!
Grapes, like any fruit contain some natural sugars; but some winemakers choose to add additional sugar to improve the wine’s taste. This adds in additional calories and can contribute to other problems like inflammation.
Lower alcohol content
Some people might think of this as a negative, instead of a positive; but the truth is, if you actually enjoy the taste of wine this means that you can have an extra glass without experiencing the same side-effects you would if you consumed another glass of the higher alcohol wines.
Supports sustainable farming and production methods
Organic farming methods can include the use of cover crops, animal grazing, water conservation, use of renewable resources and crop rotations. These practices have many benefits including helping to keep the soil fertile and naturally managing the weed and insect populations.