Organic wine: everything you need to know

Organic wines are those produced in an environmentally respectful and sustainable manner. Here, the use of pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides is notably absent. The procedures of organic agriculture are followed, meaning all fertilizers must be strictly organic: biomass generated by the vineyard, vegetable compost, or manure. The final result is a wine free from any artificial traces, showing utmost consideration not only for the land where it originated but also for the consumer. Moreover, like other non-organic wines, it is rich in polyphenols —beneficial antioxidant molecules for our body— and promotes rural development.

How to know if a wine is organic

In an organic wine, whether red, white, or rosé, the implementation of techniques that respect natural resources and the environment is mandatory. This pertains to viticulture and how we treat our vines. But it also relates to the entire subsequent production process in the winery.

Aside from the previously mentioned fertilizers, the entire sowing and harvesting process is usually manual, and as with other wines, damaged grapes are excluded during the harvest. If in doubt, two very recognizable logos appear on the bottle’s label: the logo of the autonomous community where it is made, represented by a sun over a blue sky and the earth, and green diagonal lines, and another represented by a green leaf, the official symbol in the EU. Both help consumers to identify a product of ecological origin from those that are not.

Certificaciones de agricultura ecológica

Organic wines: requirements

Wineries aspiring for their wines to be certified as organic must meet a series of conditions, apart from the mentioned prohibitions on agrotoxins and chemicals, by which the producer entrusts the vineyard’s management to its own defenses. Furthermore, in the winery, partial concentration by cold or desulfurization, treatment by electrodialysis, partial de-alcoholization, and the use of cation exchangers to treat the wine are prohibited. The grapes—always harvested without genetically modified yeasts or bacteria, and raised and stored separate from traditional wines—must be transported in suitable food-grade containers.

Organic wines versus other wines

A common feature, and at the same time a difference, is sulfites: they are present in traditional wines and also—this is the only allowed addition—in organic wines, although always in lower concentrations than in conventional wines. The same is not true for “natural” wines: in these, human intervention is completely absent, meaning there is no correction of sugars, acidity, color, or alcohol percentage.

As for biodynamic wines, they are essentially organic wines that go a step further, with their cultivation guided by factors such as lunar phases. They are even processed in wineries with certain architectural features related to nature.

Our wines, our commitment

At Pradorey, we have 530 hectares of our own vineyard spread over 11 distinct estates. Of these hectares, 45 are already cultivated organically. Our environmental commitment is more ambitious: in 2024, we were the first winery in Europe to use organic corks; by 2025, we hope to have an additional 39 hectares, and continue converting vineyards to organic. Meanwhile, we have four organic wines: Adaro (red), Sr. Niño (red), Lia (rosé), and Salgüero Tinto (red). Although we add sulfites to all our wines, the amount is lower than what the legislation allows for the production of organic wines. Moreover, all our wines, not just the organic ones, ferment spontaneously, without added yeasts, neither industrial nor cultivated.

Vinos ecológicos de Pradorey

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