Let’s start out by explaining the different categories of organic wines sold in the U.S. Namely, “Made with Organically Grown Grapes” and “Organic.”
The main difference between these two categories is sulfites. While both are made with 100% USDA Certified Organically Grown Grapes, those that are produced with “No Sulfites Added” can receive the USDA organic seal on their labels. And with the countless trade partnerships that the USDA has with foreign countries, organic products that are certified in one country can be sold as organic in the other. This is done with the help of certification agencies who inspect and make sure the growing practices and wines meet USDA Organic standards.
Other wines that are organically grown are certified as “Biodynamic” by Demeter, the only certifier for Biodynamic farms and products in the U.S.
And then there are many other winemakers in the industry who farm all or part of their vineyards organically (or that use organic and bio-dynamic farming practices) that do not have certified seals. These wines are labeled organic and are also great for anyone who is pursuing a healthy lifestyle in order to avoid chemicals and additives.
Got it? Good. Now we can move on to the main attraction – the wines! All recommendations below are produced by vineyards that are kept in organic and biodynamic culture. So whether you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to live a bit cleaner in 2021, or you’re just looking for something lighter to drink, this curated list is full of great options for both quality and price. Stop in to grab a bottle today!
Atteca Garnacha (Old Vines) Grenache $12.99
Red wine from Calatayud, Aragón Spain. Produced by the winery, Bodegas Ateca. Made with Grenache grapes, this Spanish Grenache has an alcohol content of 15%. Contains sulfites.
Juan Gil Monastrell $12.99
Dessert wine from Jumilla, Murcia, Spain. Produced by the winery, Juan Gil. Made with Monastrell grapes, this Spanish Monastrell has an alcohol content of 10.5%. Contains sulfites.
Castaño Solanera Viñas Viejas $13.99
Red wine from Yecla, Murcia, Spain. Produced by the winery Castaño. Made with Mourvedre grapes, this Spanish Red has an alcohol content of 15%. Contains sulfites.
Mas de Can Blau $14.99
Red wine from Montsant, Tarragona, Catalunya, Spain. Produced by the winery Can Blau. Made with Cariñena, Garnacha, Shiraz/Syrah grapes, this Spanish Montsant Red has an alcohol content of 15%. Contains sulfites.
Illahe Pinot Noir $22.99
Red wine from Willamette Valley, Oregon, U.S. Produced by the winery Illahe. Made with Pinot Noir grapes, this Oregon Pinot Noir has an alcohol content of 14%. Contains sulfites.
Il Corzanello Bianco $13.99
White wine from Toscana, Italy. Produced by the winery Corzano e Paterno. Made with Sémillon, Malvasia, Trebbiano, Petit Manseng, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grapes, this Italian Wine has an alcohol content of 13%. Contains sulfites.
Landhaus Gruner Veltliner $12.99
White wine from Niederösterreich, Weinland, Austria. Produced by the winery Landhaus Mayer. Made with Grüner Veltliner grapes, this Austrian Grüner Veltliner has an alcohol content of 12.5%. Contains sulfites.
Josmeyer Alsace Dream White $19.99
White wine from Alsace, France. Produced by the winery Josmeyer. Made with Pinot Gris, Riesling and Pinot Blanc grapes, this Burgundy White has an alcohol content of 12%. Contains sulfites.