Organic wines are starting to make their presence felt in the wine-making industry, both in Spain and abroad. Producers are seeking to offer wine-lovers a responsible, sustainable and eco-friendly option. Come with us to find out what an organic wine is and how to tell one apart from a conventional wine.
CHARACTERISTICS OF ORGANIC WINE
For a wine to be deemed organic, it needs to meet a series of requirements that cover the fertilised used for the soil, the sulphites it contains and the raw materials used to make the wine.
These are the main characteristics of an organic wine:
- Natural fertiliser: this can be plant-based, such as pomace or ground up vine shoots, or animal-based, such as manure.
- Clarification techniques: this technique involves adding a substance to wine that draws all of the elements to the bottom that had been left in suspension during the wine-making process. These clarifying agents must be certified as organic and comply with the legislation
- Labelling: within the organic farming framework, they must have a certificate from the relevant institutions.
- Sulphites: when it comes to adding sulphites to organic wine, producers must follow a strict control process. As such, there is a maximum level of sulphites allowed for organic wines, which is 100mg/litre for red wine and 150mg/litre for white wine.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORGANIC AND REGULAR WINE
Some conventional wines are made using environmentally friendly processes. However, what sets organic wine apart from the rest is that these eco-friendly practices are implemented all along the production chain, and not just when it comes to growing the grapes, using only a limited range of permitted products.
To tell an organic wine apart from the rest, you need to look at the certification on the label. This way, you can be sure that the product in your hand complies with regulations for organic products.
Moreover, as we mentioned before, there is a difference between the sulphites that can be added to an organic wine and the ones for regular wine. The restriction for organic wines is set at 150 mg/l, while a regular wine could contain up to 200 mg/l.
EL COTO ORGANIC: OUR SUSTAINABLE WINE!
This wine is not just made from grapes grown according to strict organic parameters: all of the material used to create the bottles and the labels were selected according to sustainable criteria.
El Coto Organic tasting notes
We made out El Coto Crianza Organic 2019 at our certified installations following EU organic legislations. It is a versatile wine with an intense ruby colour. In the nose it has aromas of red fruits with a balsamic flair. In the mouth, we find a vibrant acidity with polished and agreeable tannins. An ideal wine for pairing meat and rice dishes, stews or a cheese board.
Now that you know what an organic wine is, we suggest finding out more about our El Coto Crianza Organic, a wine that was born out of El Coto de Rioja’s hard work, since we’ve been developing initiatives to reduce our environmental impact for years.