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Organic WIne?

Posted by Heathen83, Feb 6, 2009.

Can anyone recommend a wine made from organically-grown grapes? Feel free to post. For my part, I enjoy Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon, from Hopland, Mendocino County, CA.

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Reply by Robert Alexander, Feb 6, 2009.

Try this site -
good luck, Robert

Reply by Nalu Kai, Feb 6, 2009.

There is/was one in Australia called Botobolar

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Feb 6, 2009.

I've enjoyed the wines from Robert Sinskey.

Reply by fibo86, Feb 9, 2009.

There are many in Australia and New Zealand, Chille
AUST- Botobolar, Tamberlaine, Temple breuer, Penfolds (Clare valley),Battle of bosworth,Ultrathorne
Rams leap (can get it in the US but as the FDA has a different set of rules for organic to Australia it is no longer marked as such in your country)
Robinvale (bio-dynamic), Krinklewood (bio-dynamic),
Henshcke in conversion
Cullen in conversion.
NZ- Richmond plains, Serison, New Yealands, Astrolabe can't remember anymore off the top of my head.
Some of these wines are avalible over there but as I said the rules are different and if not accredited by FDA can't be labelled organic even if accredited by it's own country.
You should be able to get Con Sur of Chille on of the biggest movers in this area (organic)

Reply by winoMD87, Feb 11, 2009.

I also liked the Botobolar

Reply by Heathen83, Feb 17, 2009.

Thanks for all the suggestions and websites to check out! Anyone know any other good organic wines coming out of the US, preferably California, Oregon, or Washington?

Reply by Adam Levin, Feb 17, 2009.

Sergio Mottura makes some great organic Orvietto -

Reply by fdr14127, Feb 17, 2009.

Frog's Leap Winery. I haven't tried the wine but the web page is a hoot. California by the way.

Reply by fdr14127, Feb 17, 2009.

Oh and I forgot, there is a small winery in Niagara that has nice whites, I don't know if they will export but they are seriously committed to organic. Frogpond Farm, Niagara on the Lake.

I don't know what the fixation with frogs and the organic folks.

Reply by Zinnful, Feb 19, 2009.

Davis Bynum (Russian River, Sonoma) use to make a few organic wines. But that was before Rodney Strong bought them. Not sure if they still do.

Reply by Uwe Kristen, Feb 20, 2009.

Coturri, CA (
Pacific Rim, WA (

Reply by shot2pieces, Feb 20, 2009.

Chilean Vina Pargua ->

Reply by ordie4, Feb 23, 2009.

Bonterra Cabernet is quite good and reasonable, $14-$15

Reply by meganmarco, Feb 23, 2009.

I like the Bonterra Viogner for a white.

Reply by TerraSavia, Apr 1, 2010.

Try Terra Sávia out of Hopland, CA. All wines are certified organic. Highly recommend Petit Verdot or Meritage for red or 06 or 08 Chardonnay.

Reply by GregT, Apr 1, 2010.

I thought I had posted on this, oh well.

In fact there are many many wines made from such grapes.  Let's think about it - what makes a grape non-organic?  I suppose people have any number of definitions but we can look at three things - what we feed the grapes, what we do to them to prevent disease, and what we do to the vineyard to prevent the grapes from being harmed by pests.

If you fertilize the grapes with fertilizer made by Monsanto, I suppose they're no longer organic.  If you fertilize with compost made from your winery?  Or if you don't fertilize at all?  Those are more likely to be organic.

If you spray to prevent fungus?  That's where it gets most interesting.  If you have a damp and humid climate, say Bordeaux or Burgundy, you tend to get fungus problems.  So they came up with something called the "Bordeaux mix", which is copper sulfate.  Supposed to kill fungus.  Some people say that it's still organic if you use that, but more modern fungicides are NOT organic. 

You need to make your own call.  However, it seems wierd to me to call it organic because sulfur and copper are "natural". You can get modern fungicides that are better and can be applied in smaller amounts.

On the other hand, you can just grow grapes in a dry area, or find grapes that don't need spraying  I do that with roses, which suffer from the same diseases, but in Europe, you have rules about what can be planted, and also "tradition".  So Bordeaux is stuck growing grapes that need to be treated.  However, much of Spain is essentially desert.  So most of the people don't have any need to use any spray. Consequently, a huge percentage of the wine grapes are "organic", although people don't make a big deal of it.  Same in Argentina and parts of CA and also parts of France and italy. I haven't done a survey, but I'd imagine that if you buy a random Spanish wine, your odds are pretty good it's from organic grapes. However, even there, you have interesting problems.  I know wineries that want to be organic but can't get official certification because their neighbors are growing cereal crops and whatever they use as fertilizer, etc., can find its way into the soil. 

And then you come to pests.  You have deer, birds, monkeys, bugs and all kinds of creatures that want to eat the grapes.  In a place like CA, you might have a grower who wants to grow organically, and then the state sprays for the medfly or something and everyone's grapes get dusted.  Again, you need to make your own call as to whether it's organic enough for you.


Reply by vawineaux, Apr 14, 2010.

If you're looking to try something not-so commonplace, then I'd suggest the Meinklang brand from Austria. They're a bio-dynamic and sustained farm that's family-owned. The Burgenland White(Gruner Veltliner and Muscat) and Burgenland Red(Zweigelt, St. Laurant and Gamay) are awesome! Also, the Yellow and Blue line is organic,comes in 1L tetra paks and is available in Malbec, Torrontes and a Rose. These boxes are great for picnics or any "outdoor event such as dog walking" (direct quote from my friend, Kate). Hope you find them in your area...cheers!

Reply by amour, Apr 15, 2010.

We discussed this on other threads recently.

I also explained the details, at some length, on regulations and new EU directives.

One thing for sure, there is no real global consensus on ORGANIC and what qualifies as organic and what does not.

The question of Sulphites was also raised.

Should I find time, I may repeat a bit and add some new info, but meanwhile search the threads!

I remember giving lists of wineries which use organic grapes and some wineries that were bio-dynamic...or about to go.


Reply by book cellar, Apr 15, 2010.

I was just looking for the name of one that I really like which is from france, OKO, it's WONDERFUL!!! but as I was doing so, I came across the fact the RED TRUCK wine is organic too, and it's from California AND you can usually get it for under $10!!!

Reply by organicwinelady, Apr 15, 2010.

Natural Merchants organic wine importer ( has many wines made with organically grown grapes from throughout Europe, even Bordeaux! Some if the best selling across the country include:

  • Austria: Biokult-Gruner Veltliner 87 points from Wine Enthusiast
  • Spain: Bodegas Irranzo-VERTVS Tempranillo Crianza-88 points
  • France: L de Lagarde- AOC Bordeaux Rouge-86 points Wine Enthusiast
  • Italy-La Cantina Pizzolato-Stefany Spumante-88 points Wine & Spirits

And many more, including new certified organic no sulfite added wines from Spain and Italy. The wines are distributed heavily in Florida and available at Winn-Dixie and Publix stores, and select wines can be found throughout the country at Whole Foods stores.

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