It is easy to forget that winemaking merely is farming, or it is on the surface. Most winemakers would tell you that there is nothing easy or straightforward about creating great vintages. However, most agree that to produce outstanding wines, a few yet essential ingredients must be present, such as the ideal soil and climate, and that ultimately it contributes to a product that is what nature intends it to be. As the winemaker from Frog’s Leap states, “we don’t make wine, we grow it,” which precisely captures the spirit of organic winemaking.
To be deemed "organic" or "green," wineries must adhere to a strict set of rules such as no added sulfites or pesticides within their crops, which can be a tricky proposition. Instead of using harmful chemicals, creative growers will resort to planting flowers to attract insects, introduce ladybugs that will hunt predators, and cultivate their vines with specific spacing and location to strengthen them, enabling them to grow naturally. This process doesn't stop with how or where the grapes grow, but how the juice is stored. Traditional wineries will add sulfite to extend and preserve the grape juice from spoiling. Without chemicals, this becomes a much more difficult proposition.
One of the significant benefits of organic farming is that wine created from healthy and natural soil is substantially more flavorful and much less harmful. Furthermore, as vineyards continue to explore the best ways to farm their lands organically, it introduces the benefits of a vastly superior environment, free of pollution and dangerous toxins.
As sustainability continues to become an essential issue around wineries, serious efforts are made to produce the ideal and natural environment resulting in superior wines. Yahyn features several organic wines within its inventory, with such wineries as Frog's Leap, BonTerra, Bee Hunter, and others leading the charge. If your goal is tasting a bottle of delicious wine, organic might be the way to go!
At Yahyn we are proud to host multiple "green" wines in our platform. We believe just as much as winemakers that sustainable, organic and eco-attentive practices are important. Here is a list to help you get started on organic wines!