Because it’s cool:
The organic wine movement is becoming increasingly trendy, but Vintage Roots have been extolling the virtues of organic wine since the 1980s.
Organic wines aren’t just good for the environment, they create wines that have true character and sense of place and the flavours and aromas are usually more pronounced.
More natural, organic wines offer a different drinking experience to the heavily manipulated wines most people are used to. They couldn’t be further from large-scale production, which at its worst essentially produces bottled pesticides and additives with some grape juice thrown in.
Because it matters:
Vintage Roots are not just about organic wines, they also provides Biodynamic, vegetarian, vegan, low-sulphur and no-added sulphur wines, too.
Organic wines are made with grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or chemical fertilisers, so they’re much better for the environment and your health. Not to mention the health of the workers in the vineyards.
Biodymanic wines go further than organic and the emphasis is on enhancing life in the soil and the health of the vine. Farmers use specially made compost and sprays made from farm derived manure to which minerals and plant extracts are added. The application of these is determined by the outer cosmos, the moon and the planets.
Whether conventional, organic, or biodynamic many wine makers use fining agents to remove sediment from wine, some of these contain gelatine or isinglass (fish bladders). However vegetarian wines typically use egg white and vegan wines commonly use an inert clay called ‘bentonite’.
Sulphur Dioxide is used in wines to kill off moulds, bacteria and yeasts and also to keep a wine fresher for longer once opened. It can cause allergic reactions and some people believe it’s high sulphur wines that give you that morning-after hangover. Organic and Biodynamic wines are typically much lower in sulphur,