Less powerful hangovers, less chemicals in your wine and environmentally friendly
Socielle sits down with Pure Vision Organic Wines from the Barossa SA to discover what’s all the fuss with organic wine…
What is Organic wine?
Organic wine is wine made from grapes that have been grown without the use of artificial or synthetic chemicals, herbicides and pesticides. The legal definition of organic wine differs from country to country, depending on the use of preservatives. For example, in Australia, organic wine can contain a small amount of sulphur dioxide (202 – a common preservative), whereas in the US, any organic wine containing sulphur dioxide, must be labelled as “wine made with organic grapes.”
Does it taste different?
Yes, it taste’s better! Organic wines are bursting with fresh fruity flavours, from grapes that have been nurtured in healthy soil.
What is vegan wine? Vegan wines are wines made without the use of animal-derived fining agents. During the winemaking process, the wine is filtered through fining agents to remove cloudiness, yeast, protein, colourings and other organic particles. Popular animal-derived fining agents used in the fining process include casein (milk protein), egg albumen, fish oil, gelatin and isinglass (gelatin derived from fish bladder membranes).
Pure Vision Organic Wines are vegan friendly. We only use vegetable based fining agents in our winemaking process.
Why are preservatives (sulphites) used in wine? Sulphites (S02) are a common preservative used in winemaking to prevent oxidation, microbial growth and maintain the wine’s freshness over time. A wine that is made without the addition of sulphites in the winemaking process, is known as a “preservative free” wine. Even if sulphites are not added in the winemaking process, the wine can still contain a small level as sulphur dioxide can be a natural product of fermentation. This form is known as “bound” as the sulphur is bound up in the wine, whereas the addition of sulphites is known as “free” or “active”.
Sulfites are measured in parts per million (ppm). Australian wine standards dictate that red wine must not contain more than 300ppm and white wine no more 250ppm. Australian organic standards however, require a much lower level; organic red wine 100ppm and organic white and rosé wine 150ppm.
Why is it so hard to make a preservative free wine? The winemaker has very little control over how the retailer or consumer stores the wine, so adding sulphites to the winemaking process guarantees that’s the wine stays fresh and tastes as it should. Preservative free wine also has a shorter shelf life, so if you’re hoping to cellar a bottle or save for that special occasion, then a preservative free wine might not be your best choice. Technically, it may not be hard to make a preservative free wine, it’s just more of a risk for the winemaker.
What are the benefits of drinking organic/vegan wine?
Just because the wine is organic, it doesn’t mean that the wine is healthy. It is still alcohol and it is still needed to be enjoyed in a responsible manner. The benefits of the wine being organic is that there aren’t any artificial or synthetic chemicals, herbicides and pesticides sprayed on the grapes, or added to the wine. The grapes are much healthier, offering fresh fruity flavours across all the varieties.
Consumers also benefit from the low sulphur levels in organic wine, especially those who have allergies.
Vegan wines are a wonderful accompaniment to delicious vegan dishes. You can receive all the health benefits of drinking wine with your meals, without the use of any animal derived products.