Every report and statistic on consumer trends confirms that led by millennials, the demand for 'conscious consumerism' is helping the sale of all organic products, and wine is definitely in the mix.
Sales doubled last year, and although the overall share is still small, this trend it is set to continue. With mainstream supermarkets like Aldi about to release their own range of organic wine, it is sure to filter through to the on trade.
We've increased our range of organic wines this year, and they are all clearly marked, as with our other organic products, with this symbol.
Bonterra vineyards from the Mendocino County have been farming organically since 1987, long before organic products were widely available in America. They were awarded the No. 1 organic winery status in America last year.
The inspiration for farming this way was simple: organic grapes produce the purest expressions of the varietal through the land on which they are farmed.
The team is headed by Bob Blue the founder, Jeff Cichocki the lead winemaker and Matt Tollini the vineyard manager.
Farming this way requires dedication and a lot of passion - instead of an easy spray of chemicals to control the environment, they look to other species to naturally chew away weeds, pollinate plants, or each each other!
The result is beautiful wine and we have the Chardonnay. This is a lavish barrel-fermented dry white with mouth-filling ripe tropical fruit flavours balanced by a sustained finish. The oak is well handled and nicely restrained absolutely perfect for summer.
The company started with the Riva Moretta vineyard in the heart of the Prosecco DOCG area.
Today, we have their Merlot Perlage, a ruby red wine with a heady bouquet of forest fruits and soft, velvety flavour. Smooth, dry and delightfully easy drinking.
The Sancerre region, on the banks of the Loire, east of Bourges, has been growing grapes since the 6th century (at least).
The Dauny family have cultivated vines on the reputable slopes of Champtin since 1683. Current custodians Christian and Nicole and their sons Benoit and Thibaut represent the 12th and 13th generations, who have used organic methods since the mid-sixties.
Try their crisp, clean Sancerre 'Les Caillottes' that has appealing gooseberry and elderflower flavours.The vineyards that produce this wine, Les Caillottes, are notably pebbly, and the wine reflects the terroir - keenly dry but in a more accessible and creamy style than most Sancerres.
Bodegas Artesa is a large, family-owned estate draws from 800 hectares of elevated hillside vineyards in some of the best zones of Rioja Baja. Thanks to a combination of the high quality of the grapes from these vineyards and modern vinification cellars, the young, unoaked wines are fresh and vibrant with good richness of fruit for wines at this level.
Artesa Organic Rioja spends 6 months in barrels. In order to ensure its organic status, the only barrels that can be used to mature this wine are either those that have previously held other organic wines, or completely new barrels.
The result is a wine at a very affordable price-point that has had the benefit of maturation in the best possible new oak! Vibrant plum and cherry aromas combine with woody, herbal notes. The palate is complex with juicy bramble fruit, black pepper, and lifted, savoury characters.