Biodynamic Wine, Organic Wine, and Sustainable winemaking practices are three fancy phrases for one basic principle: GOOD FARMING.
Our advice on navigating the prickly web of marketing terms and labelling flourish? Know your producers! At GWGP, we are all about the people making wines within a framework of responsible, earth-friendly methodology. Does that mean every bottle is a certified biodynamic, natural, or organic wine? No – there’s some delicious wine out there that doesn’t conform to these standards. But we value producers who practise minimal intervention in the vineyard and in the winery.
Read more about organics below!
Certified Organic wines produced in the E.U. and U.K. will carry a green rectangular symbol with a tiny leaf of white stars inside. Winemakers can sometimes be a little cynical when it comes to certifications, as the certifications themselves can be somewhat pay-to-play; in France, the Organic certification allows a farmer the use of copper sulphides in the soil which, although qualified as organic matter, tend to remain in the soil for most of eternity. Again, the absence of a certification is not necessarily an indication of shortcuts or chemicals in the vineyards.
Different countries and organising bodies have different rules (E.g., if your neighbour doesn’t practise organics, you can’t get certification). And at the end of the day we don’t think a producer doing things the right way should have to pay to say so. It should be the other way around!