Organic wine is made from 100% organically grown grapes. The term “organic farming” was legally defined in 1981 as ‘farming which uses no synthetic chemical products’. It supports sustainable practices, increasing biodiversity and using environmentally friendly methods. All of the wines we sell are classified as “organically farmed” as a minimum standard. This means that the vineyard is following organic farming practices but without having formal certification. Here at Wanderlust Wine, we are a proud specialist retailer of organic and sustainable wines from small producers off the beaten track.
If a wine is Organic, it excludes the use of artificial chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides. In general, Organic wines have less processing and can be seen as a purer option. Practising organic methods helps promote biodiversity which encourages natural pest control. Planting flowering ‘cover crops’ between the vines, for example, can help attract the natural predators of vineyard pests. These measures help create a self-regulating ecosystem for vineyards, meaning organic wines can be made without reliance on potentially-harmful pesticides. Organic vineyards often become havens for wildlife, providing homes for bees, birds and butterflies.
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